Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
Good candidates for a facelift have significant skin laxity in the lower and mid-face. If you want to smooth folds and creases around the lower part of your face or tighten the appearance of sagging, a facelift might make a good choice. While facelifts are often considered a procedure for older people, you can have a facelift as soon as you become unhappy with your loose skin and want long-lasting, effective results.
To make a good candidate for a facelift, you should have no health problems that would impact surgery or recovery. If you smoke, you will need to stop before your procedure. Candidates should have reasonable expectations about what a facelift will accomplish.
How Does a Facelift Work?
Dr. Lawton performs facelifts at her accredited surgical center. She generally performs one of three types of facelifts depending on the amount of skin laxity, your treatment goals, and the amount of recovery time required.
An endoscopic facelift uses tiny incisions to improve the appearance of the mid-face. This technique is the least invasive facelift method and requires the shortest recovery time. Many people can go back to work within a week after this type of facelift.
This type of facelift uses an incision in front of the ear to lift, tighten, and re-drape the skin. It can significantly improve skin laxity and deep facial creases. Dr. Lawton recommends at least two weeks of recovery time from a short-scar facelift.
Deep Plane Facelift
You may need a deep plane facelift if you have significant drooping of the underlying facial structures. This technique uses incisions near the temples and around the ears to lift and reposition the underlying muscle layers that support the facial structures. This facelift often requires several weeks of recovery before resuming normal activities.