Many patients like to pose the question, “Am I ready for a facelift?” The truth is that there is no good answer to this question. Face lift is an elective procedure. It is particularly good at treating hollowing of the cheeks, prominent nasolabial folds (parenthesis deformity), jowls, and general heavy facial sagging. The invasiveness of the procedure usually correlates to the amount of deformity that a patient has. Specifically, patients in their early 40s are oftentimes good candidates for minimally invasive face lifts, which would involve a short scar and less manipulation of the deep tissues of the face. More advanced facial aging oftentimes requires a full face lift, with extensive treatment of the neck and more extensive reshaping of the deeper soft tissues. The amount of swelling with both procedures can range anywhere from 10-21 days, and has much to do with a patient’s intrinsic physiology.
The bottom line is, if you are motivated to undergo a more permanent correction of your facial aging, it may be an appropriate time to consider facial cosmetic surgery. If you are not motivated, noninvasive treatment with products such as Botox, Dysport and facial fillers, including Juvéderm, Restylane, and Radiesse, may be a better option.
Ultimately, if you have questions about treatment to reverse the signs of facial aging, your best bet is to seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. If you would like to contact Dr. Jejurikar, please call his office at 214-827-2814.