We often try to remind ourselves that there are many benefits to getting older. We have wisdom to share and memories to make us smile. It is possible to recognize these benefits and still be frustrated with the ways that aging affects appearance. No one is expected to love every little thing about their aging process, nor dislike every little thing. If you’re frustrated with the way your face is changing, a facelift can help.
Often, we believe that lines and wrinkles will be our biggest concerns as we approach midlife. Once there, we realize that a few creases are the least of our worries. Age doesn’t just cause the skin to get a little thinner, it also decreases the skin’s “bounce.” This is referred to as elasticity. Like a rubber band contracts after being stretched, so should the skin. For this to happen, the skin needs appropriate chemicals, including collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid (which keeps the skin plump). When these chemicals are not made in the dermis anymore, not only does the skin change but so does the muscle and fat under the skin. For sufficient rejuvenation, each of these layers of tissue must be addressed. A facelift can do that.
Are You Ready for a Facelift? Here Are Some Clues!
You’re unhappy with what you see in the mirror.
As you’ve gotten older, you may have noticed some wrinkles on your forehead or between your eyebrows. You may have some laugh lines around your nose and mouth. These are somewhat tolerable for most people. What many of our patients claim to be their biggest concern is seeing a face in the mirror that doesn’t look like them anymore. This happens because the cheeks lose fat and the jawline gains it. It happens because the loss of tissue firmness and volume in the midface can make the corners of the mouth turn down. The face may look wider and longer over time. All of these changes alter appearance, and this is precisely what drives many people to get a facelift. They want to look like themselves again.
Your touch-up schedule has changed.
If you’ve been relying on injectables and facials or other treatments to help you age gracefully, you may now be noticing that you’re not getting the same results you used to. Another concern that our patients express is that they feel like they are seeing us for injectables every few months. Some people don’t mind periodic injections but have started to see that the amount of filler that they need is making their face look unnatural. Each of these instances is a good reason to consider a facelift. A minimally invasive procedure and a short recovery period lead to results that can last many years.