Top 3 Things to Ask Before Having a Facelift

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Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, has long been a transformative procedure for those seeking to rejuvenate their facial appearance. With advancements in surgical techniques and technology came more natural-looking facelift results, making them increasingly popular among men and women alike. In this blog, we’ll explore the myriad benefits facelift surgery can provide and explore three essential questions you should ask yourself before undergoing the procedure. 

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The Benefits of Facelift Surgery

Nothing can stop Mother Nature and Father Time from eventually impacting our facial skin and contours. We all age, but now there are more options than ever to reverse the negative signs of it. More and more people are considering facelift surgery. 

This procedure can significantly reduce the effects of aging in the mid-to-lower face and neck by tightening facial skin and repositioning underlying tissues. If you’re looking for one or more of the following benefits, a facelift might be worth considering. 

Restoring Youthful Facial Contours

Facelift surgery effectively addresses common visible signs of aging, such as sagging skin, deep facial folds, and loss of facial volume. By tightening muscles, manipulating tissue, and removing excess, sagging skin, a facelift can restore younger-looking contours for a smoother, more lifted, youthful-appearing face and neck.

Improved Self-confidence

A facelift can have a profound impact on self-esteem and confidence. By rejuvenating the face and restoring a more youthful aesthetic, individuals often experience a boost in self-confidence and deeper satisfaction with their appearance.

Long-Lasting, Natural-Looking Results

Unlike non-surgical treatments that offer temporary solutions, the results of a facelift are long-lasting. While the aging process will continue over time, facelift patients typically enjoy the benefits of their facelift for many years, especially when a quality skin care routine is maintained.

Modern facelift techniques prioritize natural-looking results, avoiding the overly tight or “windblown” look often associated with older facelift methods. A skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon should carefully tailor each procedure to the patient’s unique facial anatomy to help ensure harmonious and balanced results.

Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation

Facelift surgery primarily targets the lower face and neck. However, it is often combined with other procedures when more correction is desired. This may include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to address drooping eyelids or a brow lift to elevate a sagging browline to address the upper face for more comprehensive results

There are three essential questions you should ask yourself to get the most out of your facial rejuvenation procedure.

1. How Much Can a Facelift Do?

Understanding the capabilities and limitations of facelift surgery is vital for setting realistic expectations and achieving satisfactory outcomes. While a facelift can effectively address common negative signs of aging, such as sagging skin, deep facial folds, and loss of volume in the mid-to-lower face and neck, it may not fully correct other concerns, such as deep dynamic wrinkles or significant volume loss in the mid-to-upper face region. Other treatments may be more suitable for those issues.

It’s important for individuals to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess individual facial anatomy, discuss treatment goals, and provide personalized recommendations. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate a variety of elements, such as skin elasticity, underlying muscle tone, and overall facial proportions to determine the most appropriate surgical approach and achieve ideal outcomes.

By having a clear understanding of what a facelift can and cannot accomplish, you can make informed decisions and develop realistic expectations for your surgical results.

2. Do I Need Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a complementary procedure that can elevate the overall results of a facelift by addressing signs of aging in the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure is often combined with a facelift to target sagging eyelids, under-eye bags, and puffiness. 

While a facelift focuses on the lower face and neck, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the entire eye area. Individuals who experience hooded eyelids, excess skin, or fat deposits around the eyes may benefit from combining eyelid surgery with their facelift for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

As the eyes are a focal point of the face, addressing aging eyelid skin can contribute to a more youthful and refreshed appearance. During your facelift consultation, discuss any concerns you have about the appearance of your eyelids. Your surgeon can evaluate them to determine if eyelid surgery is necessary to achieve your ideal results.

Ultimately, the decision to blepharoplasty should be based on your individual goals and the recommendations of your qualified plastic surgeon.

3. Should I Combine a Brow Lift with My Facelift?

A brow lift, which is also known as a forehead lift, is another procedure that can be combined with a facelift to achieve optimal results. A brow lift elevates a sagging browline, smooths forehead wrinkles, and opens up the eyes for a more refreshed and alert appearance. 

During your brow lift consultation, discuss any brow and forehead concerns with your plastic surgeon. An exam to detect brow ptosis (drooping), forehead wrinkles, or asymmetry between the eyebrows and eyelids will be performed to determine if combining a brow lift with your facelift will help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

When appropriate, adding a brow lift to your facelift can address signs of aging in the upper face, complementing the improvements made to your lower face and neck for a more balanced overall result. 

Facelift surgery offers numerous benefits for almost anyone seeking to rejuvenate their appearance and restore a more youthful look. By addressing sagging skin, deep facial folds, and loss of volume, a facelift can help you turn back the clock and increase your confidence. 

Before undergoing facelift surgery, ask yourself these questions to help you decide whether an additional procedure may be necessary to achieve the results you want, and then discuss your concerns with your surgeon. 

Facial Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA

Dr. Miguel Delgado is a board-certified plastic surgeon providing facial plastic surgery, including blepharoplasty, brow lift, and facelift surgery in San Francisco and Novato, California. 

With careful consideration and guidance from our compassionate, experienced, and highly skilled surgeon, you can begin your facelift journey with confidence and unlock a more youthful and radiant version of yourself. If you want more information on your San Francisco facelift options, call 415.898.4161 today!

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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