The decision to undergo a facelift is a big one. Many people who are “on the fence” about this surgery are specifically concerned about whether it’s right for their present age or appearance. In this blog post, let’s take a look at what my Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs plastic surgery patients worry about the most before making the choice to have a facelift.
Am I the right age?
This is by far the most common sticking point for prospective facelift patients — whether they’re “too old” or “too young” for surgery. The fact of the matter is that each person ages differently. A unique combination of genetics and environmental factors determines how and how quickly your face ages, so using age to determine the right time for a facelift is far from an exact science. Instead, we tell patients that it’s about their overall health and the degree of their specific concerns. While a facelift is uncommon for patients younger than 40, certain circumstances, such as an extreme weight loss, can necessitate the procedure. Otherwise, we find that our younger patients get good results from nonsurgical procedures such as Ultherapy®, injectables, and microneedling. These procedures can hold off the early signs of aging without being too invasive.
Am I the right face shape?
The shape of your face isn’t likely to affect your candidacy for surgery. Those with round faces, slender faces, oval faces, and defined jawlines can all get good results from a facelift. The surgery will add definition to the natural shape of your face. But if you want to change the fundamental shape of your face, you may be better off choosing fillers or even CoolSculpting® to reduce the look of a double chin. In this past blog post, my colleague, Dr. Rockmore, covered the different purposes of our most popular facial rejuvenation surgeries.
Am I the right weight?
Facelifts are like other plastic surgery procedures, in that it’s best for patients to be at or near their ideal weight. In this context, “ideal” means a weight that’s relatively healthy and easy to maintain. Any significant weight fluctuation after surgery can make your results less noticeable. If you plan to lose a considerable amount of weight in the future, we recommend getting as close to your goal weight as you can before having surgery. That way, you can be sure your results last as long as possible.