Is Face Lift Ideal for Me – We Have the Facts

As we grow older, the elasticity of our skin and tissues diminishes. This can lead to skin sagging and wrinkles. A facelift or rhytidectomy can be used to tighten facial features and help remove signs of aging including in the neck area. Here is what you need to know before getting a face lift in West Palm Beach:

Ideal Candidates

The ideal candidate for facelifts must exhibit the following characteristics to be considered.

Skin elasticity: Your skin should be able to retain some natural flexibility and suppleness. This is vital since a surgeon tightens your facial skin during the procedure to help make wrinkles less pronounced. Healing after the surgery is highly dependent on your skin’s ability to adjust to the improved contours on your face.  

Good overall health: A facelift procedure is invasive and requires considerable healing and recovery period. You are required to be in good health and inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Strong bone structure: A facelift candidate should have a strong and well-defined bone structure to help provide support and great results after the surgical procedure. Your doctor can incorporate facial implants to boost the results of a facelift surgery if you have less distinct facial features. Your surgeon can also perform an eyelid surgery or brow lift to help prevent your eyes from looking aged. 

Realistic expectations: You should be able to comprehend what can be accomplished and the limitations of a facelift procedure. Consult a qualified professional to get the required information to help you make an informed decision.  

Loose facial and neck skin: Do you have excess skin on your neck or face which you want to be tightened and wrinkles removed? If yes, you surgeons can help you achieve a youthful look by trimming the loose skin.

How Facelift Surgery is Performed

A facelift procedure starts with an incision in or above the hairline at the temporal region (in front of the ear). The incision is made to go around the ear, removing the fatty tissues surrounding the fascia and facial muscles. This helps correct the loose skin, while sutures are used to tighten the muscle and fascia underneath. Finally, the surgeon closes the wound using skin staples and sutures before applying bandages. Your surgeon may offer skin treatments including peels, IPL, and dermabrasion, to help enhance skin texture.

Types of Facelifts

Traditional Full Facelift

It offers the most comprehensive results, and a longer incision is required. It runs along the temple, to the neck region. This procedure is common among older patients.

Mid Facelift

In this facelift surgery, tissues around the cheeks can be tightened. Your surgeon creates deeper incisions to help reach out to muscles, which are hard to reach when using the traditional facelift method. This procedure is common among patients who want to rejuvenate their appearance.

Mini/Weekend Facelift

A mini facelift targets a smaller area and, thus, has a smaller incision and shorter recovery time. It is common among young patients with minimal signs of aging. Other types of this procedure include lower and thread facelifts.

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