Summary: We all want to look younger. Facelift procedures are a popular way to do just that. But facelifts are precise surgical procedures. They’re powerful—too powerful for some patients. So how can you tell if you need a facelift? Well, it will depend largely upon where you are in life (and where you’re going). The best way to find out is to ask your surgeon—but you can start by reading this article!

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Do You Need a Facelift After All?

There’s no doubt that we are all aging. And as we age, we get those lines and wrinkles and sometimes that can be a bummer (to put it mildly). But do you need a facelift? It can be hard to tell. After all, there are a lot of factors that go into determining the best way to proceed. However, there are a few things you can check to see if you do indeed need a facelift procedure.

It’s worth noting, however, that these are simply cursory questions. The answers to these questions should not be interpreted as anything close to medical advice. If anything, these questions are simply designed to give you an idea—to give you something to think about—when doing further research on your procedure.

So do you need a facelift? Well, let’s take the first step in finding out! Let’s ask and answer some questions!

How Many Wrinkles Do You Have?

Okay, we’re not expecting you to count every single wrinkle you have (you know, if you haven’t done that already… we’re not judging). But you must have an idea of roughly how much of your skin is covered with wrinkles. So let’s kind of break it down. A facelift might be a good idea for you if:

  • You have many wrinkles in various areas of your face
  • Those wrinkles are of varying depths (with some deep and some shallow)
  • At least some of those wrinkles are caused by excess skin
  • The wrinkles are relatively widespread

If you do not happen to meet these criteria, there are plenty of other treatment options available. For example, if you have wrinkles that are centralized in one minor area, then something like a brow lift or a mini-facelift might be better treatment options for you.

Are You Healthy Enough for Surgery?

While plastic surgery is remarkably safe, there are still risks associated with any surgical procedure. According to the website of the Northern Virginia facelift experts at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, it’s important that patients be in relatively good health when they look at facelift surgery. In this case, “relatively good health” means the following:

  • Healthy enough for surgery
  • Of a relatively stable weight
  • Generally, abstaining from cigarette smoking or other tobacco products
  • Generally, abstaining from excess drinking or other drug use
  • Divulging all medications the patient is current taking

In general, “health” does not have much to do with age, necessarily. In fact, many studies have shown that older patients do not always have worse outcomes than younger patients. This means that you should speak to your surgeon if you feel you are healthy enough for a facelift.

Can You Take Time Off for Recovery?

Because facelift procedures are surgical in nature, your body is going to require time to heal. This means that you will likely have to take several days to several weeks off of work, depending on the extent of the work performed. For those who are unable to take time off of work (for whatever reason), this may make facelift options less attainable.

The bottom line is that you need to be able to take some time to recover and care for yourself. Taking time to recover will not only ensure you maximize your comfort, but it will also help to safeguard the results of your procedure. Skimping on the recovery can actually compromise your results.

So whether your surgeon says you need four days off or two weeks, it’s best to ensure that you can secure that amount of time.

There Are Facelift Alternatives

Simply because a facelift isn’t the right fit for you doesn’t mean you are consigned to live with lines and wrinkles that you don’t like. On the contrary, there are many facial procedures available that are designed to make you look more youthful and more vibrant.

Some of those procedures are non surgical. For example, Botox injections or dermal filler injections can help mitigate a wide variety of wrinkles, both modest and severe. Laser procedures can resurface the skin of the face. Microneedling and PRP injections are also popular options.

Whatever path you choose—whether it’s a facelift or an alternative to a facelift—remember that it’s all about finding what works for you. It’s not necessarily about figuring out how to make a facelift work. The best procedure for you is one that is tailor fit for your needs. And that’s what most surgeons will attempt to find.