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The skin of the face and neck can sag with age. For women in their 50s and 60s, a facelift or brow lift is common to correct laxity and wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance. Younger women and men may also be tempted to correct minor flaws with major interventions, such as a facelift, to stay one step ahead of the aging process.
More and more people of both sexes and all ages are opting for cosmetic surgery. But when is cosmetic surgery really necessary? And when is it best?
Who Is the Right Candidate for a Facelift or a Brow Lift?
Anyone who is in good overall health and a non-smoker is a possible candidate for a facelift or brow lift; however, most facelifts and brow lifts show the most significant results in older patients with facial skin laxity. Generally speaking, these are people over the age of 45.
Most plastic surgeons agree that younger patients in their 20s and 30s can choose from a wide range of non-invasive treatments that are more suitable for youthful skin tone, and leave facelifts and brow lifts for the future.
While it is not impossible (or even unusual) for a patient in their 30s or 40s to undergo facial enhancement surgery, it is not always necessary. Candidacy will depend strictly on the extent of the patient’s facial laxity, which can be influenced by genetics, sun damage, and lifestyle factors.
Candidacy for facial surgery is based more on your skin and tissue quality than your age.
How Is Facelift Surgery and Brow Lift Surgery Performed?
The brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) is performed with anesthesia and involves small incisions within the hairline. Skin and tissue are tightened to eradicate sagging or furrowed brow and forehead wrinkles.
The facelift (also known as rhytidectomy) is similar with incisions that follow the hairline. There are several types of facelift surgeries with varying degrees of modification. Your surgeon will suggest the best option for your concerns.
What Is Recovery Like After Facial Enhancement Surgery?
Recovery for a brow lift or a facelift will reflect the relative complexity of the surgery. There will likely be bruising, swelling, and some pain, but this will vary from patient to patient. Your surgeon will outline the protocols for pain management and recovery care.
Recovery can take two to four weeks, and it can take some time for the full results of the procedure to be apparent.
What Results Can I Expect From a Facelift or Brow Lift?
Whatever your age, it is important to go into these types of cosmetic procedures having realistic expectations. The goal is a fresher-looking you, not a different face. For younger people, especially, there can be pressure from social media or other societal factors to alter their appearance. Only the individual can know what is best for them in terms of boosting self-esteem or confidence. Always discuss your concerns thoroughly with a certified plastic surgeon.
Interested in Learning More?
If you live in the Atlanta area and would like to know more about facelift and brow lift procedures, do not hesitate to get in touch with the friendly team at the Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta. Call 404-275-9888 to schedule a consultation or fill out our online form.