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How to Determine if you are a Face Lift candidate

When you look in the mirror and lift your jawline and cheek skin, do you like what you see? Perhaps it’s time to consider facial rejuvenation surgery.

Face lift or neck lift surgery is a purely elective cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the face for men and women over 40. Both the face lift and neck lift are cosmetic procedures that one chooses to reduce the signs of aging and sun damage of the lower face. Cosmetic surgery is an option, among many other good aesthetic options. Keep in mind that your face continues to age with time, despite any treatment or surgery, but you will continue to look better after cosmetic surgery than if you’ve never had the initial face lift surgery.

Generally during the consultation, I discuss non-surgical face lift options first, especially for patients who have never tried any procedure and just starting to consider plastic surgery treatments. These patients may be looking for minor changes or minimally invasive treatments to freshen their appearance, or they may not have opportunity to take time off work to recover after a face lift. Non-surgical face lift options for DC area residents may include facial fillers, fat transfer, or Botox Cosmetic. These non-surgical treatments are sometimes referred to as “liquid facelift”.

Washington DC face lift candidates may include those who have already tried Juvederm or Restylane but were not completely satisfied with the short term results. Alternatively, some Washington area patients prefer to have natural results without the injection of synthetic materials. Anatomically a face lift might be a better aesthetic option, as compared to laser skin resurfacing, Botox Cosmetic, or injectable fillers (hyaluronic acid, Restylane, etc), for one who has loose, sagging skin especially along the jawline (jowls) and neck (turkey gobbler).

Face lift candidates generally have the following qualities, but circumstances may vary for each person:

  • over 40 years old
  • good general health
  • excess neck skin or fat
  • jowls or loose skin tissue along jaw line
  • time for recovery after surgery

As with other face lift surgeons, I will tailor the facelift appropriate for you. The plastic surgery is customized to the degree of facial aging you have, in conjunction with your personal goals. Some patients require a limited or mini lift, while older patients with excess sagging skin would benefit from a full face lift or traditional lift. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can a surgeon help determine appropriate options.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.