Due to its prominent exposure, the face is usually the first part of the body to show signs of aging. Some people choose to receive facelift surgery to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, but with a number of othernon-surgical facial rejuvenation options available, others can be a little more hesitant to move forward with the facelift procedure. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. J. David Kriet, recently sat down with us to answer some questions that may be able help you determine if facelift surgery is a good option for your cosmetic goals.
Question: What is the average age range of your facelift patients?
Dr. Kriet: On average, our patients range from ages 48 to 75.
Q: Who makes an ideal candidate for facelift surgery?
DK: The ideal patient should be generally healthy and at a stable weight.
Q: Typically, in your experience, is there a specific age you’ve observed when patients considering facial rejuvenation change their thinking from non-surgical to surgical?
DK: It is very common for patients in their mid-40’s to discuss rejuvenation options, and they may choose office-based treatments such as BOTOX™ Cosmetic, Dysport®, and dermal fillers. These same patients frequently decide to proceed with facelift surgery in their late 40’s to early 50’s.
Q: Minimally invasive procedures can also be used to correct deep folds, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. How do you determine whether a surgical or non-surgical method is needed?
DK: Minimally invasive procedures definitely play a role in facial rejuvenation and are sometimes used in conjunction with surgical treatments. Laxity of the facial skin or stubborn fatty deposits are two of the primary determinants that suggest surgical intervention may be needed.
Q: When a patient is interested in facial rejuvenation, how do you determine the appropriate procedure? Generally speaking, do you often combine procedures?
DK: A complete evaluation of the patient and a thorough discussion about their wishes leads to the formulation of a surgical treatment plan. Many patients choose to combine rejuvenation of the upper face (browlift and eyelid surgery) with the lower facelift procedure. Other patients prefer to take a step-wise approach. We work with each patient to help them achieve the results they desire.
Q: What is your approach to establishing expectations and goals with a facelift patient?
DK: During the initial consultation, a conversation regarding goals and expectations takes place. In most cases, we come to a mutual agreement with the patient on the treatment plan at this initial visit. We will then often have one or two additional consultations to confirm expectations and answer any questions the patient may have. Our goal is for every patient to feel like their needs have been met with our care.
Q: You mention that every aspect of a patient’s face is assessed. How do qualities such as a patient’s skin texture, bone structure, and muscle tone affect the facelift procedure?
DK: Every patient is unique, and the facelift is modified accordingly for skin thickness, the presence of neck bands, fat accumulations, hairline position, chin position, and jawline.
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Dr. Kriet recommends anyone considering a facelift to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. If you have any questions about facelift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your facial rejuvenation options, please contact our office today.