As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, volume loss, and stresses of daily life can be seen in the face. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth to form the ‘smile lines’; the jaw line grows slack to result in the formation of jowls; and neck bands and fat deposits appear in the neck. A facelift cannot halt this progression. What it can do is “set back the clock,” dramatically improving some of the signs of aging by removing excess and unsightly fatty deposits, firming underlying muscles, and contouring the skin of your face and neck to make you look younger, fresher, and perhaps more confident with family, friends, and business colleagues.
The best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity without too much body weight and whose bone structure is well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well if healthy.