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Are You A Candidate For Facelift Surgery?

Sep 1, 2008
More available than ever before, cheaper and accepted by society, traditional factors are no longer in the way for you to re-sculpt your appearance. It is easy to pick and choose among the offers from plastic surgery clinics. However cosmetic surgery and various forms of facelifts are highly individualized procedures and it is important to know whether it's something for you or not.

The main point is to do it for your own benefit and not to fulfill others desires. This might perhaps sound obvious to most people, but it is so easy just to forget how important it is to listen to your inner voice. Therefore always put an extra thought to the matter before deciding to go through cosmetic surgery.

What marks a good candidate
A common reason mentioned when asking people why they want a facelift is that they are bothered with signs of the aging process. This could be sagging in the face and neck, facial wrinkles, or lines and creases on the forehead. These are all situations when a facelift could help you. Be sure that a facelift can only be performed surgically and non-surgical treatments cannot achieve the same results. However these treatments might delay the time before a surgery is needed and also complement results of surgery.

Consider your skin, is it flexible or not? Persons with skin that is still somewhat flexible can expect better results, but there are no strict age requirements. As is the case with most cases of plastic surgery, individual variations are big. What many don't understand is that surgery is demanding on your body, and it is important to be somewhat physically fit. For example it is a big advantage if you don't smoke, and otherwise it is vital to cease your smoking at least a month before and after surgery.

Earlier we talked about making a decision on your own. Likewise one needs to have realistic expectations of what cosmetic surgery can accomplish and understand the limitations as well as the benefits of various facelift procedures.

Lift it twice?
Unfortunately your skin continues its aging process, even after cosmetic interference. This makes it common for patients to want a second facelift. To put it shortly, the extent and results of the second surgery depends upon the quality of the first facelift procedure and the effects of natural aging.

There are other reasons to undergoing secondary facelift surgery. Almost as a small paradox after first time surgery, the untreated areas of your face may appear more lax. With a second facelift surgery the surgeon can accomplish a more consistent and balanced appearance.

Finally remember that cosmetic surgery may make you look as the person you feel like, but it does not stop the aging process.
About the Author
Sarah Pauer is a medical professional with years of experience. She has authored several articles for the informational website Cosmetic Surgery Facelift Guide, such as Life After Cosmetic Facelift Surgery.
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