Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Surgery

Published on August 15, 2022
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

Skin and tissues in the body naturally lose their elasticity as you age, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Nowadays, many facial treatment options and products are available to address signs of aging. You may be wondering, would a facelift fix the things creams and lotions just can’t? Facelifts remain a practical option for those who want smoother skin, better facial features, and a younger appearance. 


Below are some frequently asked questions about facelifts to help you determine whether a facelift is right for you. Some of these include:


What Is a Facelift?


A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that tightens and lifts facial tissues. Through the manipulation of facial tissue, the procedure smooths out wrinkles or folds and removes excess skin. Facelift surgery can focus on the forehead area or closer to the bottom of the face/neck depending on what the patient’s individual needs are.


Should I Consider a Facelift?


The answer to this question depends on the individual. If your daily regimen of serums and creams does not seem to make a visible difference anymore, it may be time to consider facelift surgery.

It is the best treatment option for flabby skin that hangs loosely or easily pulls away from the face and neck. Your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin to give you a firm, youthful appearance. 


Am I a Good Candidate for the Procedure?


Good candidates have a well-defined bone structure and elastic skin for optimal results and recovery. Also, you may be a good candidate if your face or neckline is beginning to sag. Schedule a consultation with your doctor at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana to check your candidacy.


How Do Facelift Surgeries Work?

During the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will reposition the tissue and fat under your skin to help smooth out facial creases. Your surgeon might also remove excess skin causing jowls or sagging and lift and tighten your facial skin. 

Depending on your current circumstances and goals, you can expect several small incisions hidden behind your ears, in your hairline, or both. These incisions will allow your surgeon to reach the target area. The procedure can last a few hours. 


Will My Scars Fade?

Facelift scars are not a big problem since cosmetic surgeons make most incisions in hidden areas. If your procedure requires an incision on a more prominent part of your skin, your doctor will choose the most inconspicuous location. Once fully healed, your incisions should not have any prevalent or noticeable scarring.


How Long Will My Facelift Results Last?


Facelift surgery results can be stunning and dramatic. How long they last will depend on the type and extent of the procedure. The results of a complete facelift can last between 10 and 15 years. However, the less dramatic results of brow lifts or mini facelifts can last 3 to 7 years. It is worth noting that a facelift does not halt the aging process. 


When Should I Consider a Facelift?

Every patient has different goals and needs. Also, people age differently. Thus, there is no definite age at which people should get facelift surgery. However, this procedure starts becoming more common in people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. If you are looking for more subtle results, you might want to undergo the procedure sooner rather than later.

Talk to a board-certified cosmetic surgeon if you are considering getting a facelift or want to learn more about the procedure. Your surgeon will determine whether it is right for you. After all, there is no medical need for this surgical procedure.


For more information on facelift surgery, schedule a consultation Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana at our Lafayette, Louisiana office. Call (337) 504-3640 today.