When planning your facelift you should have realistic expectations. Facelifts are capable of dramatically improving your skin’s appearance. A facelift procedure can potentially boost your confidence and give your skin a younger look and feel. However, facelift procedures cannot stop the effects of aging. Wrinkles will occur with age. There are certain laser treatments that are intended to specifically target facial wrinkles more than a facelift can. That being said, a facelift can still do wonders for the look of your skin. Here are the things that a facelift can do and how it affects the wrinkles of your face.

What is a facelift?

In short, a facelift is a procedure that tightens the skin. An incision is made and the fat below the skin is sculpted and shaped. The excess skin is trimmed away. There are different types of facelifts available and a skilled surgeon will be able to tailor the procedure to your exact needs. In general, there are three separate types of facelifts. The three types are the traditional facelift, a mini-lift, and a neck lift. Your surgeon will recommend the procedure best suited to you depending on the severity of the sun damage or skin sagging. Facelifts may also be done in conjunction with other procedures, such as brow lifts or laser resurfacing.

What does a facelift do?

Facelifts are an ideal solution for someone looking to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance of their skin. For most people, the skin of the face and neck begins to sag as early as age 30. People with fairer skin or more prominent sun damage are more likely to feel the effects of sagging skin earlier than others. A facelift can help to make a smoother jawline, correct skin sag, reduce jowls, tighten the skin, reduce the look of turkey neck, and elevate the cheek. Overall, a facelift works achieve a more youthful look for the patient.

A facelift is a great answer for jowls, loose skin, and heavy sags. It will also work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but will not remove them entirely. As mentioned above, a facelift cannot stop your body from aging. It will help to refresh your look and make the wrinkles less pronounced on your skin.

Getting a facelift is not a permanent solution to aging. Your body will naturally age and the look of your skin will continue to evolve and change with age. The effects of a facelift will last for approximately 8 years. At that time, your face will certainly appear younger than if you had never gotten the facelift and it is up to you and your surgeon whether you would like to go through with another cosmetic surgery procedure or not. This should be determined on a case by case basis.

Will a facelift make your wrinkles disappear? Unfortunately, it will not. Will it reduce the appearance of the wrinkles? Yes, it will. When your skin is tightened in the facelift process your wrinkles will become less visible after the appropriate recovery time. Discuss your expectations and concerns with your surgeon.  A qualified, experienced facelift surgeon will help you determine the best cosmetic solution for your individual needs.