There is a false notion that facelifts are reserved for an older population, but this isn’t necessarily true. Facelift surgery is designed to treat sagging facial skin, which can begin to occur as young as 45 years of age depending on your lifestyle and other environmental factors. Age doesn’t really play a factor when deciding on facelift candidates. Skin laxity, wrinkle placement, and volume loss are more important when a person is choosing to undergo a facelift. Other factors include sun exposure, smoking, drinking, dry climate, and weight loss.
Do Your Cheeks Hang Low?
Many people come seeking a facelift but would actually benefit more from a different facial procedure. The facelift targets facial sagging around the cheeks, neck, and jowls. These patients may have deep wrinkles around the mouth. If you have sagging around the eyes, you may want to consider an eyelid lift or brow lift.
Wrinkles and Sagging Aren’t the Same
Facial wrinkles and facial sagging are not the same thing. Wrinkles are caused by volume loss and commonly occur around mouth, eyes, and forehead. Sagging is caused by tissue laxity that is the result of gravity, collagen loss, and other genetic or environmental factors. Wrinkles generally need to be filled, which can be done using injectables. Facial sagging requires excess tissue to be removed and sutures to provide extra support to lax tissues. This more invasive work, adjusting of the tissues, requires cheek, jowl, and neck lifting – otherwise known as a lower facelift.
Combine Procedures for Maximum Effect
Typically, a facelift is not the only procedure a person may need to treat their facial aging. Many patients choose to combine fat or dermal grafting with a facelift to reverse the appearance of hollowed cheeks that have lost volume. Treatments to target upper facial sagging may also be combined with a facelift to improve the overall appearance of the face.
If you think you need a facelift to achieve a more youthful aesthetic, schedule your facial consultation today. Call us at (480) 844-1410 or contact us online.