There is no question that there has been great progress in minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures to help you look younger. But if you’ve developed jowls and a double chin, and your face is lined with deep creases, the time may be right for a full facelift.
Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments certainly have an important role: they may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate. They may also complement the results of surgery at some point. But these treatments cannot achieve the same results as a facelift.
First: a caveat. A facelift is NOT right for everyone. The first and perhaps most important criteria is a realistic attitude. A facelift will not change your fundamental appearance, nor will it stop aging altogether, although techniques we’ve perfected may last more than a decade.
The ideal candidate for a facelift has good facial skin elasticity, is in good physical health, is psychologically stable and a non-smoker.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a facelift is a highly individualized procedure. Essentially, it consists of lifting skin away from the fat and muscle underneath it. Excess fat is removed, and the tissue and skin is re-secured. For some people, a facelift may also involve a combination of procedures to help erase that double chin, for example, or eliminate the bags under your eyes. Every person is different, and we work with them – and computer programs — to make sure that they know what to expect once they are fully healed.
We also take the time to help ensure that the facelift you are considering is being done for the right reason: for yourself – not to make a partner appreciate you more or to fit an idealized vision of what you should look like.
Getting a facelift will smooth out wrinkles, remove fine lines around your eyes, correct that saggy chin – results you will see in the mirror each day. If your facial features don’t reflect the energy and spirit you feel, a facelift may be the right move to turn back the hands of time and feel better about yourself.