Should I get a facelift?

When you look in the mirror, does your face reflect how old you actually feel? If not, you may be a candidate for a facelift.

Here are some general considerations for prospective facelift patients.

  • Have major folds and wrinkles developed on your face over the years? The most common areas affected by folds and wrinkles are the lower face …
  • Does the skin on your face sag or droop (ptosis) in some areas?
  • Does your face have pronounced “marionnette lines” (nasolabial folds)?
  • Does your face have excess or redundant skin, especially around the jawline and neck?

These are all conditions which can be addressed by a facelift, and make you a likely surgical candidate.

Facelifts are actually a diverse range of procedures that can be tailored to a patient’s individual needs and desires. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the only way to really know whether a facelift is right for you. Based on a physical examination and an understanding of your goals and wishes, our doctors can explain which specific techniques would give you an optimal result.

Am I too old for a facelift?

Surgeons evaluate patients based on their biological age, not so much their chronological age. Peoples’ health can vary widely beteween age groups, and older patients are often healthy enough for surgery—their ciruculation is good and their tissues will heal well after their facelift. Our surgeons thoroughly examine every patient to be certain that they are healthy enough for surgery.

Realistic expectations

Having realistic expectations from a facelift is key to achieving a statisfying result. Facelifts are highly popular because they are so effective, but it is important to understand what a facelift can actually accomplish.

A facelift is not meant to eliminate fine wrinkles and imperfections. In fact, a facelift that is too aggressive can lead to an unnatural-looking result. Improvements to fine wrinkling and skin texture are best targeted by nonsurgical procedures such as laser therapy (e.g. Fraxel), dermabrasion, chemical peeling, and injectable fillers. The Pacific Center for Plastic surgery offers all of these options, and many of our facelift patients enhance their result with them.