Facelift: How to Know When You’re Ready

Woman laying on bed considering a facelift

In our society, we place a great deal of value on youth and beauty. People want a bright, fresh face that reflects the vitality they feel inside. Because of this, we get a lot of questions about fillers and facelifts at my facial plastic surgery practice in Montreal. Many have heard about the benefits of injectables and other nonsurgical treatments for restoring a youthful look.

But at what point are those nonsurgical procedures not quite enough to fight aging?

While fillers and BOTOX COSMETIC® are great treatments for improving wrinkles, restoring lost volume, and enhancing lips, sometimes patients have deep lines or sagging that can’t be corrected nonsurgically. If that’s the case, a facelift might be the best option for you.

Signs to Look For

Ideal facelift candidates often have several common traits. A few of these symptoms include:

  • A square or triangular facial appearance as opposed to the oval shape of a youthful face
  • Sagging skin along the jowls and neck
  • Loss of definition along the jawline

These issues can’t be solved by injectables alone. Removing skin, repositioning tissues, and tightening muscles is often needed. As demonstrated by the results of Dr. Samaha’s previous patients, facelift surgery is a much more profound and all-encompassing option. It can lift and rejuvenate the mid to lower facial problems that naturally come with aging. The benefit of these results can be enjoyed for 10 to 15 years in the majority of patients.

Injectables Complement Surgery

While injectables cannot always take the place of a facelift, they can enhance and maintain facelift results. Surgery can elevate sagging tissues and tighten lax skin, but it does not completely address volume loss due to aging. Fillers can help smooth away certain facial folds and fill in hollows around the eyes and other concerns to restore a youthful appearance. BOTOX can relax certain facial muscles to prevent new wrinkles from forming and prolong the improvements from a facelift.

Thinking Beyond Age

There is a common myth that you have to be a certain age for a facelift. This is simply not the case; there is no “right” age for a facelift. The concerns the procedure solves can manifest as late as the 80s and as early as the 40s. Because of this, there is no minimum or maximum age.

Patients are increasingly having surgery at a younger age, trying to maintain that youthful look early on. While older patients might see more dramatic results from their procedure, younger patients often enjoy the benefit of a streamlined recovery.

A Combined Procedure

Finally, if you’re looking to fight the effects of aging, facelifts are wonderful because they can be combined with other procedures to correct several concerns at once. Patients can add on multiple complementary procedures that can address other areas of the face, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) or a brow lift.

By combining these procedures into one operation, you save time and get a more dramatic, youthful result.

Dr. Samaha understands that a facelift is a significant personal, emotional, and financial investment. If you have any questions about facial surgery or any other procedures, request a consultation online or call (514) 731-2525.

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