When Is the Ideal Time to Undergo Facelift Surgery?

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Creams, serums, and other non-surgical procedures can often help with fine lines and wrinkles, but only facelift surgery can truly make you look younger, fresher, and more vibrant than ever.

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So when is the best time to undergo facelift surgery?

Unfortunately, many women and men wait too long and miss the prime period during which getting a facelift is ideal. Generally speaking, this is when you first start to become aware of the early signs of looseness and laxity in your face and neck skin.

Take a moment and press the skin on your cheek and along your jawline. Does it move more than it used to? Tilt your head forward and look down. Does your skin move down on its own as well? These are the earliest signs that your skin is losing firmness. They’re also signs that getting a facelift now (or very soon) will help you avoid worsening sagging and looseness and make for a natural transition as you age.

From Unnoticeable Laxity to Obvious Laxity

Soon after the early, non-obvious laxity stage, your skin will transition into a stage of obvious laxity (when sagging and looseness becomes noticeable to others even when your head is up). You don’t want to wait until this latter stage to see a facelift surgeon.

When patients in their late 40s and 50s come to us for a facelift, many have passed this prime period. These patients often complain that their face tightness has drastically worsened in just the last few months. They’re horrified that they now see jowls or sagging cheeks, and they’re looking for fast help.

At this point, unfortunately, getting a facelift will mean that friends and family may notice your younger-looking appearance after your facelift. For some people, this is fine. But for others who want to age gracefully and naturally, it’s not ideal.

If you’re currently in the early phases of looseness and laxity, you’re in the perfect situation to get a facelift.

Is a Facelift Right for You?

Besides timing, there are several other considerations you should make before deciding to go forward with a facelift. First, make sure that this is something you want to do for yourself. A facelift can boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself and your appearance as you go through life, but don’t expect it to solve all of your problems.

Facelift surgery is a good option for those who:

  • Are psychologically and physically healthy
  • Have a positive outlook on life
  • Don’t smoke
  • Understand that facelift results won’t last forever, and often, other cosmetic aids should be used in conjunction with a facelift to improve your overall appearance in an optimal way

Contact Facelift Surgeon Dr. Zakhary for More Information

Considering a facelift in Calgary? Dr. Kristina Zakhary is a renowned facelift surgeon in the area and has performed more than 1000 facial cosmetic surgeries.

If you’d like more information on when you personally should consider a facelift, feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zachary at your earliest convenience!