How Do You Know It’s Time for a Facelift?

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Getting a facelift is a big decision, so you want to make sure everything is right before you go in for your surgery. This includes being confident that it’s the proper time for a facelift and that you shouldn’t wait.

While it is a personal decision, there are some common signs that can indicate you may want to get a facelift sooner rather than later. Let’s take a look at some specifics that can ensure you are making the best decision for your situation.

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Before & After a Facelift
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Physical Signs

One of the key indicators that it may be time for a facelift is when you notice sagging tissue in the lower face and neck. If you start to see jowls, lower face wrinkles, and poor jawline definition, those could all be indicators that you want to talk to a facial plastic surgeon about a facelift. Muscle banding on the neck is also a common sign that leads people to consider getting a facelift.

Other physical signs can include:

  • Deep creases along the nose that extend to the corners of the mouth
  • Loose skin and extra fat under the chin
  • Sagging skin in the middle of the face

These are all physical signs that it may be time for a facelift.

Emotional Signs

When you look in the mirror, you want to like what you see. As you notice wrinkles and changes in your appearance with age, you may start to think about how you can look younger and feel better about yourself. A facelift can be one way to do that.

If you feel as though your appearance doesn’t reflect the youthful energy you feel inside, you may be a great candidate for a facelift. This can help your outward appearance be more in sync with how you feel.

A facelift can make you look 10-15 years younger, and the results can last for years. This can be just what you need to feel better about yourself.

As you think about your emotional reasons for wanting a facelift, you want to make sure that it’s something you are doing for yourself, and not because of pressures from someone else. If you’re not all in, you’re not going to be happy about the procedure.

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You’re Done with Less Invasive Procedures

Many people will take the non-surgical route before deciding to get a facelift. This can include Botox and other injectables. But, these are only temporary fixes, and they often need to be re-done over time. Some people choose to go for a more permanent fix, and a facelift is one way to achieve this.

You’re in Good Health

Many people may not realize that they need to be in good health to get a facelift. A facelift is a surgery and needs to be treated like one. This means you shouldn’t have any underlying conditions that could impede the surgery or your recovery. If you’re not sure about your situation, talk to your facial plastic surgeon. They will let you know if you’re in good enough health for a facelift.

Even if you are in good health, it’s always a good idea to get a checkup from your general practitioner beforehand to make sure there are no other concerns or outlying issues. Your physician can work with you and your plastic surgeon to make sure all elements of your personal health are taken into consideration during the process.

It’s also important that you are in a good place mentally before deciding to get a facelift. If you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, you may make a decision that’s not completely right for you. Being in a good state of mind is important as you decide whether or not to get a facelift.

You Have Time for the Recovery Period

As with any surgery, you’re going to need time to recover. Patients can typically return to work 10-14 days after their facelift. Bruising and swelling is a normal part of the recovery process. You should make sure you have the time to take off of work and allow for a healthy and comfortable recovery before signing up for a facelift. 
If you feel comfortable with all the things we’ve been talking about above, then you may be a great candidate for a facelift. Meet with Dr. Keith Ladner to discuss your goals and determine if a facelift is right for you. Call the office today at (303) 253-7686 or go online to request a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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