Understanding Facial Aging and When a Facelift May Not Be Beneficial

Despite the growing trend of minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers for the past year, the facelift procedure remains to be a top contender amongst surgical procedures last year. We have observed a similar trend here at our Bay Area cosmetic surgery practice. In fact, what’s more surprising is that we have also a noticed a growing number of men inquiring about facelifts.

While a facelift can produce remarkable results, we would like to emphasize that it may not work for everyone who want to address issues that has to do with the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, folds, and all other signs of facial aging. An in-depth understanding of facial aging often helps our clients understand when a facelift may or may not be ideal.

The Effects of Aging on Your Face

By and large, the following are the most noticeable effects of aging on your face:

  • Sagging facial skin – This has to do with loss of elasticity as facial skin loses collagen as it ages. The skin becomes drier and thinner, giving way to the appearance of coarse wrinkles. In addition to loss of elasticity, the force of gravity can also pull facial tissues downward resulting to development of jowls.
  • Hollow cheeks – Facial volume is another element that tends to diminish as people age resulting to the emaciated appearance associated with aging.
  • Formation of deeper lines and wrinkles – This is a result of consistent contraction of the facial muscles such as when you squint, grin, frown, puff a cigarette, or purse your lips.
  • Accumulation of fat – As one ages, fat tends to start accumulating in the neck and jowl areas, giving way to the appearance of a double chin and loss of definition in the neck area.

When to Get a Facelift

Not all aforementioned effects of aging can be remedied with a facelift.  By and large, a facelift is ideal for the following problems:

  • sagging skin in the midface areas which may include the jawline and the neck area
  • appearance of jowls
  • mild to moderate wrinkling of the face but with still a strong and well-defined bone structure

When Not to Get a Facelift

On the other hand, a facelift may not be the best course of action if you’re looking into improving the appearance of crow’s feet and the appearance of wrinkles and folds on your forehead, around the mouth, in between the nose and the mouth, and for bands underneath the neck and chin. Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers work best for the aforementioned problems of aging.  Volume loss as manifested by sunken cheeks also responds well to injectables such as dermal fillers than facelift. 

Each face is different. Thus, a personal consultation with Dr. Lavey should be in order to help you figure out whether or not you can benefit from a face lift procedure. Call us at 925.820.3633 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment. We look forward to your visit!


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