How to Know You’re Ready for a Facelift

A mature women pleased with her facelift results.

Facelift surgery is known for rejuvenating the face and taking years off a patient’s appearance. However, due to cost and the required recovery time, some men and women feel nervous about committing to a major procedure. Many of our facelift patients from the Ft. Myers area ask a similar question: How do I know if this procedure is right for me?

Plastic surgery isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. But there are 4 common signs that facelift surgery may help you achieve your anti-aging goals.

Nonsurgical treatments fall short. 

Many of our facelift patients spend years trying other nonsurgical treatments, and there is some evidence that these procedures delay certain signs of aging. But after many years of use, the effects of aging may be so pronounced that BOTOX and dermal fillers no longer provide the results you’re looking for. BOTOX may be unable to smooth out your deepest wrinkles, or fillers don’t create the lift they used to.

If you’re finding yourself scheduling nonsurgical treatments increasingly often, a facelift may be the solution. 

Your face shape is changing.

Age affects us in many ways. Beyond wrinkles and lines, many patients experience a gradual change to their face shape. Sagging cheeks, droopy jowls, and a double chin can make your face appear more square than oval. Facelift surgery can fix these common aging problems by removing excess skin and lifting underlying tissues, creating a more youthful, refined appearance. Browse through our patients’ facelift before-and-after photos to see how the procedure can restore a more youthful shape to your face.

You can afford time off for recovery.

Like any surgery, a facelift requires extended recovery time. It is important to make sure you can afford the time off work and allow yourself to heal properly. While the procedure requires a longer downtime than nonsurgical treatments, the results are more noticeable. Give yourself plenty of time to relax after surgery so you can enjoy the best, most beautiful results possible.

You’re ready for a long-term investment. 

It’s true that facelift surgery starts at a higher price than many cosmetic or nonsurgical anti-aging alternatives. From a total cost perspective, however, you may benefit from a single long-lasting investment versus repeated short-term treatments. A facelift can transform your appearance and make you look younger for years to come. If you’re tired of endless smaller procedures and want an almost-final fix, facelift surgery could be your answer.

In the end, choosing to undergo any surgery is a very personal decision. Only you can truly know if a facelift is right for you. Talk your issues over with a board-certified plastic surgeon to get an outside perspective. Your surgeon will analyze your facial structure and signs of aging, discuss your goals, and find the best solution for your rejuvenation goals.

If you’re in the Ft. Myers area and would like to learn more about your facelift options, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice office by phone at (239) 262-5662.

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