7 Things To Know About Getting A Full Facelift


Are you scouring the internet for facelift before and after pictures? Then it might be time to get the 411 on what a facelift might mean for you.

Here at The Esthetics Center, we perform two kinds of facelifts: a full facelift and a mini facelift. For the time being, we’ll focus on the full facelift, a more involved procedure with the most dramatic and lasting results.

Now, you might have a lot of questions about a full facelift. We’re here to answer those.

Here are 7 things to know, so you can feel confident about your decision to get a facelift:

1. Am I a good candidate for a full facelift?

Facelifts are most often performed on patients between the ages of 40 and 70. However, depending on health and skin conditions, we also occasionally perform facelifts on patients in their 80’s.

A candidate for a full facelift will be in good health, have fairly elastic skin, and a strong bone structure that can help support the results of the procedure.

2. Will I look unnatural?

The best cosmetic surgeons will have the tools and techniques to make your facelift look natural. Our goal at The Esthetics Center is to not to give you an overly-tight appearance, but to make you look well-rested and rejuvenated. After all, the best facelifts will have people believing you’re getting better sleep at night -- not wondering “if you got work done”.

3. Will it get rid of all my wrinkles?

No. The goal of a facelift is to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. This will “erase” some wrinkles, but it won’t eliminate all of them. The most common areas where you may notice remaining lines are around the eyes and mouth. If those are bothersome to you, you may want to consider injectables to smooth them out.

4. What about my neck?

You’ve probably seen this facelift problem -- a face that looks young and taut, but a neck that shows sagging and age. At The Esthetics Center, we make sure to address not only the face -- but the neck as well. An incision under the chin, along with liposuction, will ensure that your neck and face match.

5. Will it hurt?

You will experience some discomfort, but most patients are pleasantly surprised that there isn’t nearly as much pain as they’d expected. We also provide medication to help you manage any pain during your recovery.

Of course, it’s good to set expectations. Since it is a surgery, you’ll notice a fair bit of swelling and bruising in the immediate aftermath. Be prepared for this and rest assured that swelling and bruising are a normal part of your body’s healing process.

6. How long is the full facelift recovery time?

This is one of the best questions you can ask, because it can help you think logistically about scheduling and get you started on setting up a recovery plan.

Our first bit of advice? Plan to take real time off. It will likely take 10 to 14 days before you’re comfortable being seen in public. Of course, this has its upsides. You’ll finally get to catch up on your favorite show and might even have time to perfect a few recipes (although it’s also a great opportunity to order in every night too!)

7. How long will full facelift results last?

You may be wondering how long a facelift lasts. Well, it depends on several factors, including your age and the condition of your skin. But you can reasonably expect your results to last from between 10 to 15 years, and sometimes -- even more. Here’s to a more youthful looking you!

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