Your face is often the first part of the body that shows signs of aging. Luckily, today you have a number of options to help reverse the clock and make your face look more youthful. One option is to undergo a facelift, a procedure that reduces wrinkles and creases, restores fat, tightens skin, and elevates the deeper tissues of the face. Deciding to get a facelift is not something to take lightly or choose on a whim. Dr. Ary Krau can help you decide if the procedure is right for you or if something less invasive, such as Botox or dermal fillers, is more appropriate.
Facelift Vs. Less Invasive Procedures
You might wonder if a facelift is the best option when there are several other considerably less invasive options available, such as Botox, fillers or resurfacing. The results from a facelift last considerably longer than the results from Botox or another injection. In some cases, the results can last up to 10 years. You can extend the results by taking care of your face and body. Using sunscreen, eating right and not smoking can all help.
Are You a Candidate?
Facelifts are typically only recommended for patients who are in good health and who don't have chronic conditions. The surgery isn't recommended for patients who smoke, so you should quit smoking if you haven't already.
Your expectations from the surgery also play a role in determining if you are a good candidate for the procedure. A facelift won't change your looks dramatically. What it can do is make you look more rested, ease creases and improve muscle tone.
Recovery and Costs
Two other factors to consider when deciding whether to undergo a facelift or continue less invasive procedures are the cost and the recovery time involved. You will need some down time after a facelift, meaning you will have to take off from work and potentially hire someone to help you around the house.
The cost of a facelift is usually much higher than the cost of Botox or fillers. However, you will only need a facelift every 10 years or so, compared to Botox injections every few months. You should weigh the large upfront cost and the long-lasting results in order to decide if a facelift is the right procedure for you.