Signs to Help You Tell You Need a Facelift

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A facelift can do wonders for your life and make you feel more confident about the world. A facelift will also lift your self-esteem, make you more attractive to others, and help you fix any problems with your skin condition.

Many people never consider getting a facelift until it is too late or see some signs of aging in the mirror. If you’re noticing signs of facial aging, such as skin sagging, wrinkles, and drooping skin around the eyes or under the chin, it may be time to consider a facelift. The best time to consider a facelift is correct when you start noticing these signs and still have a relatively elastic and firm skin.

Signs of Facial Aging

Some of the signs of facial aging include that can help you tell if you need a facelift are:

* Wrinkles – Dark creases or folds on your face caused by sagging skin and aging skin. They usually show up between your 10th and 40th birthday. If you notice wrinkles around the eyes, it’s a sign that you are aging faster than other parts of your skin. The more lines you have, the older you are. This can make you look older, especially if you don’t expect to be getting wrinkles soon.

* Sagging Neck – Sagging neck skin can be just a minor concern for younger people. However, it can be a significant problem for older people losing skin elasticity from aging.

* Sagging Face – Sagging skin around the cheeks alongside the jaw can make you look older than you are.

* Crow’s Feet – These wrinkles occur around the eyes and make you look more tired than you are.

* Age Spots – Many people prefer to get facelifts earlier in life because age spots (sun damage) and lines tend to multiply over time. * Flabby Skin – Our skin tends to become thinner and lose its firmness as we age.

How to Know If a Facelift Is Right For You

This decision is a big one, so if you are considering it, you should consider all the benefits and risks. For example:

* Affordability – Many plastic surgeons offer you a range of options for the cost of your facelift procedure. Some may charge less than others, and some surgeons even offer their private discount deals.

* Ease-of-Use – Plastic surgery with your doctor can be easier than going to a hospital or other medical facility. You could have as much input as you want into your procedures as well.

* Personal Preference – Some people prefer to have their facelift done with a professional; others like to do it at their own home.

If you are thinking about getting a facelift and you are still reasonably young, your best bet is to get it done before you notice any of these signs of aging. That way, life will be easier for you, and everyone will see how young and attractive you look even though you’re already over 40. After all, being older doesn’t mean that you can’t be beautiful and youthful.

Be careful if your skin is sagging under your chin or neck area because this can also hinder how attractive you appear to others.

The cost of a Facelift

For a facelift, it is usually between $6,000-$10,000. If you want any injections or surgeries attached to your facelift, the cost will increase. For example, if you wished for Botox to be placed in your face to relax facial muscles and make frown lines less noticeable (botulinum toxin), the price would be about $300 for each area, and you would have about three treatments.

The Recovery Process

After having surgery, you will typically be on bed rest for at least two weeks. Your recovery time depends on:

* The facelift procedure that you have chosen – a traditional facelift will require below the eye or minor incisions. At the same time, a mini-lift is usually done under your eyes and on the side of your nose and chin. A complete facelift is generally done with major incisions across the cheek of your face.

* Where you are recovering – recovery can vary depending on where you are recovering in your body. If you are recovering in the face, your recovery time is typically faster than if you have a tummy tuck or breast surgery.

* Your age – recovery time can be different for you, depending on how old you are. The younger person will recover from a facelift much faster than an 80-year-old would.

* Surgery experience – this includes the surgeon’s experience who is performing the procedure. * Anesthesia – if you have any anesthesia, your body will naturally take longer to heal and recover after surgery.

The healing process varies, but typically it can last anywhere between 3-12 weeks depending on how fast your body heals and if any complications occur along the way.

What to Ask Your Surgeon When Considering a Facelift

So now you have decided to move forward with your facelift surgery, and you have found a good surgeon. Check out these great questions to ask your surgeon:

* What procedures did you perform in the last 15 years? List their names, techniques, and results. This will show that they are experienced and know what they are doing. You want someone who has experience in the facelifts you are considering for yourself.

* How long do I have to wait for the surgery? If you don’t want to wait years before getting a facelift, it is best to go right away. If the surgeon is not an Active Member of the ASPS, it may take a little longer to get scheduled. Some surgeons choose to wait until after they have completed more surgeries before scheduling new patients.

* How many surgeries are you certified in? – If you’re considering a facelift, then you want to find out how many procedures they’ve performed. This can give you some idea of their skill level. Some surgeons will have more than one type of facelift under their belt, and others don’t have any facelift training at all.


In summary, a facelift is a great thing to have done if you have wrinkles and sagging skin. This can make your face look younger and rejuvenate your appearance. If you decide that a facelift is right for you, then be sure to check out all of the many options at the ASPS. Then find a good facial plastic surgeon specializing in other procedures like facelifts and any other cosmetic surgeries offered by the ASPS.


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