Am I a Suitable Candidate for a Facelift?

What is a Facelift?

A Facelift is a common term for a range of surgical procedures that enable clients to achieve the aesthetic appearance of ‘turning back the clock’. The combination of face, neck and eyelid procedures assist in improving the visible signs of ageing on the face, neck and eyelids. The goal of these procedures is to create a refreshed look and younger appearance.

The face can lose its youthful appearance for a number of reasons, besides ageing, including weight loss, excess sun damage, smoking, excessive drinking as well as heredity and stress.

The face is divided into 4 parts for 4 different areas of attention:

  • Upper Facelift – Lifting and tightening the forehead and above the eyebrows.
  • Mid Facelift – Reduces and lifts the excess and heavy looking skin at the corner of the eyes/brows, around the cheeks and decrease the depth of nasolabial folds.
  • Lower Facelift – Assists in softening the visible lines around your mouth and tightens skin along the jawline.
  • Neck Lift – Further tightens under the jawline and the general neck area, usually in conjunction with neck muscle tightening – no more turkey neck!

Additional procedures listed below may be required to create optimum results:

  • Blepharoplasty – Eyelid lift (upper and/or lower) is used to remove excess skin and tighten the muscles over the eyes to open your eye area to appear more youthful (this is also commonly performed as a stand-alone procedure under local anaesthetic)
  • Facial liposuction – Targets and removes small pockets of unwanted fat from specific areas of the face and neck to create shape, contour and definition.

Am I a suitable candidate for a Facelift?

Ideal candidates are men and women who have good bone structure but have sagging skin, excessive lines or deep creases. There is no strict age limit for when a Neck Lift or Facelift can be performed, however, most suitable candidates are between 40 and 65 years of age.

You may be eligible for a Facelift if:

  • You appear to have visible signs of ageing (sagging skin/skin laxity)
  • You have good health and bone structure
  • You are at your ideal weight (further weight loss or gain will affect results)
  • You have researched the procedure thoroughly
  • You have realistic expectations for your surgery

When it comes to surgery and weight, most would assume weight fluctuations would not affect facial surgery. WRONG – gaining weight post-surgery will affect your aesthetic outcome to some degree and will be the biggest contributing factor to your dissatisfaction.

What results may be achieved with Facelift surgery?

Depending on the area and type of Facelift, you can expect an overall more youthful appearance with the ultimate goal being the absence of a drooping brow, pronounced facial folds, lumpy jowls and sagging neckline. Creases and wrinkles may still be present, but less visible. It is important to remember that while the ageing process can be aesthetically reversed, surgery does not stop the ageing process from continuing – but it can definitely assist you in ‘turn back the clock’!

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Disclaimer: Please note any information provided should be used only as an information guide and not CosMediTour giving advice. Please ensure you do your own valid surgery research and seek advice from a general practitioner to enable you to be fully informed about surgery.

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Written by CosMediTour Australia

CosMediTour is a Medical Travel facilitator and Australia's No. 1 Plastic Surgery brand. Headquartered on the Gold Coast, Australia, CosMediTour has clinics and hospitals in Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Phuket and Samui offering plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry treatments.

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