A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of the face and neck. During the procedure, the skin of the face is raised and the muscles below are tightened. Excess skin and fat is often removed or reshaped as well in order to improve the blending and balance of the facial structure.
Facelifts effectively address many signs of aging, including midface sagging, creases below the eyelids, fatty deposits underneath the chin, deep creases along the nose, and lost muscle tone in the lower face. With tightened skin, the removal of wrinkles, and the elimination of jowls, your reflection in the mirror can start to look the way that you feel inside. A facelift can make you feel younger, fresher, and more alive—effectively transforming your life for the better.Facelifts are often combined with liposuction and free fat grafting to achieve the most youthful results.
If you’re interested in undergoing a facelift procedure, keep reading to find out if you’re a good candidate.
The visible signs of aging often begin at the age of 40 and continue to worsen throughout our 50s and 60s. Thus, facelifts are most commonly performed on patients over 40 years of age. Since the Monarch Mini Lift is performed in the office under local anesthesia, the procedure is suitable for patients of almost any age.
Skin and bone structure
The ideal candidates for rhytidectomy are those who have effects of aging that can be treated with the procedure, such as excess or sagging skin, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, jowling, and hollows under the eyes. Facelifts are not effective at treating crepe-like appearance of the skin.
The skin must be elastic and flexible and the underlying bone structure of the face should be well defined and strong. Flexible skin is required, as the procedure will stretch the facial skin in order to remove deep creases and wrinkles. Strong underlying bone structure is also required to support the skin, allowing you to achieve better results.
You must be in good general health to undergo this procedure. Some medical conditions, medications, and supplements may increase your risks, making you unsuitable for surgery. In addition, you should be near your ideal weight in order to prevent complications. You must be completely open about your medical history to ensure that this procedure is safe for you to undergo.
Ideal candidates are non-smokers. Smoking can increase the risks associated with general anesthesia and slow down the healing process. Smokers will be required to quit at least two months before surgery.
To be a candidate for a facelift procedure, you must have realistic expectations of the results that you will achieve. Rhytidectomy will not completely alter your face or make you look like someone that you’re not. Rather, it will slightly alter the appearance of your face to transform you into a more youthful version of yourself.
You must also have realistic expectations, and full understanding, of the procedure itself, the recovery time, and the risks. It’s important to understand that there may be some scarring from the incision and that it can take several months up to one year to see results. In addition, it’s important to understand and weigh the risks of the procedure, including potential nerve damage, numbness, hematoma, and bleeding.
Rhytidectomy isn’t suitable for everyone. Though the guidelines above can help you determine whether or not you are suitable for a facelift, the only way to discover if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure is to go through an in-depth consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to get started.