The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reports that women continue to be the most likely candidates for facial plastic surgery.

Women accounted for 81% of all surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2013 as they seek to preserve their youthful appearance by undergoing facelift or eyelid lift procedures, the AAFPRS states.

Mothers are the most likely candidates, making up two-thirds of all the procedures performed on women last year.

The following frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) will provide you with general information about the facelift procedure.

What is a facelift?

As we age, the skin begins to loosen on the face and neck. The jawline softens into jowls and vertical folds appear beneath the chin. A facelift rejuvenates the lower face by lifting and repositioning the sagging skin and tissues underneath the skin.

The muscle may be re-supported with stitches and fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour.

Following the procedure, it may take up to six weeks for the skin to completely heal.

What is the typical age for a facelift?

Patients are usually between the ages of 40 to 70. However, there is no “perfect” age.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a facelift?

A good candidate has realistic expectations for enhancing his or her appearance. Any facial plastic surgery treatment or procedure should be viewed as an opportunity for improving one’s visage, not as a panacea or a means to perfection.

Will I have that “skin pulled too-tight” appearance?

No, the goal of a facelift is to provide the best, most natural results based on your anatomy, skin type and aging.

Will I be awake during the procedure?

No, you will be asleep. Surgeons typically use intravenous sedation and local anesthetic (numbing medicine).

Do I have to stay overnight at a hospital?

The surgery is often carried out in your doctor’s office, but some patients may require a hospital admission. Your doctor will advise you of the best options.

We hope we were able to answer a few of your basic questions about the facelift procedure.

If you still have additional concerns or would like to schedule a personalized, complimentary consultation for a facelift, please give us a call at 215-503-3223.

Source: Facial Plastic Surgery Today

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