A traditional facelift is a cosmetic procedure that is used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles to enhance the overall appearance of someone’s face.
A facelift is designed to reverse the adverse effects of stress, aging, and exposure to the environment. To perform a traditional facelift, an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon will lift the underlying muscles within the face and tighten them to create a more visually pleasing appearance of the overall facial structure. The surgeon will also remove pockets of skin and fat that can contribute to a tired, aged appearance.
A skilled, board certified plastic surgeon – like Dr. Kenneth Sumida – will do the procedure with extreme attention to detail along with an artistic eye so every patient will enjoy minimal scarring and natural-looking, attractive results.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
The ideal candidate for a facelift procedure has realistic expectations concerning the outcome of the surgery along with the willingness to follow both pre-op and post-op instructions as recommended by their doctor. Following the initial consultation, the doctor will determine whether or not someone is a good candidate for a facelift, or if an alternate procedure is a better fit for him or her.
The best candidates for a facelift need to share some key traits. Here is list of important aspects that will help determine if a person is a good candidate for a traditional facelift:
Basic Good Health
Facelift candidates should be in generally good health and will readily inform their doctor concerning any pre-existing medical conditions in advance. Since facelift surgery is invasive and requires substantial healing and time for recovery, so it is crucial that the patient is in fairly good physical condition to undergo the surgery.
Loose Face and/or Neck Skin
Facelift surgery candidates want to tighten their loose skin regarding their face or neck area, or sometimes both. The surgeon trims the excess skin during the surgery to tighten the texture of the skin, which subsequently takes years off the patient’s appearance.
Ample Skin Elasticity
Individuals who want a facelift need skin that retains part of its natural flexibility and suppleness. This is very important since during the surgery the plastic surgeon works to tighten the skin on the face to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, optimal healing with successful results greatly depends on enough skin elasticity that can conform to a shapeable, new contour.
Realistic Expectations of the Outcome
Every facelift candidate needs to understand that no one is 100 percent perfect, no matter who he or she is. Therefore, a facelift procedure is not intended to make them perfect, but rather to improve their current looks – nothing more, nothing less. Simply put, facelifts make people look younger, not necessarily more pretty or handsome.
After the facelift procedure is over, it is normal to feel a bit of numbness and tightness on your face as well as your neck. This will dissipate within a few months. The tight sensation that patients feel is typically due to swelling from the procedure and is only temporary.
If you are interested in experiencing the age-defying benefits of a facelift, our medical team at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery can help. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Contact Nuance Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.