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Am I a good candidate for a partial Facelift?

I'm 39. I've had a chubby face all my life. Now the fat seems to be moving downward, giving me an older, drawn, sometimes grumpy look. I'm developing wrinkles around my mouth and chin as a result. I'm aware buccal fat removal is not always a great option. Am I a candidate for a partial facelift?

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Facelift candidate

 It is difficult to tell from the pictures if you're a candidate for a facelift. Examination of the face and neck is  usually required. A face and neck lift usually can accomplish tightening facial  and neck skin, removal of fatty deposits in the neck and tightening up the SMAS and neck muscles. For many examples, please see the link below


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Am I a good candidate for a partial Facelift?

   A lower facelift will produce the changes you seek.  Find an expert who performs a short scar variant to minimize scar burden and downtime.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Face lift

You need an in-person exam.  You don't have a lot of laxity under the chin.  This is what a neck/ partial facelift usually addresses.  In a couple of the pictures, the sagging around the mouth is prominent.  I suspect that is the cause of the drawn look to you face.  This can be corrected with targeted lipo and a midface lift.  Also, non-invasive Thermage may help with this.  Seek out a board-certified Facial Plastic surgeon.  Best wishes

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Am I a good candidate for a partial facelift?

Hello! Thank you for your question! I hope that these answers help! The facelift procedure is an excellent method for shaping the fave and create a sculpted face and jawline as well tightening the laxity of your skin and soft tissue. This will rid much of the wrinkles and laxity while adding volume to your face which has been lost with normal facial aging. abdomen after the procedure. It is a popular procedure for facial rejuvenation and restoration of a more youthful and invigorated appearance that will last for several years. Women of all ages are candidates for these surgical procedures. There is a trend for younger patients to do smaller procedures at earlier ages and maintain the appearance, rather than a drastic result later in life which is very noticeable.

Short scar and mini facelifts are excellent for those who need mild to moderate tightening. It has the benefits of a shorter scar, shorter downtime, with a very natural result by lifting Ina vertical direction. The traditional facelift is also an excellent modality with a more conventional tightening of both the skin and underlying tissue as well. Both should address the jawline and the cheek areas to add fullness. Fat grafting has also been a wonderful adjunct to add fullness into the cheeks, malar area, and periorbital region. Other procedures that are commonly performed together are with the blepharoplasty, brow lift, mid-face lift, and neck lift.  Given your photos, a short scar facelift may be an excellent option for you with your desires and appearance. 

You should consult with a plastic surgeon well-versed with facial aesthetic surgery at anytime to go over options in order to assist you in deciding which procedure(s) would be right for you. Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Candidate for a partial Facelift

It is difficult to determine if you are a candidate for a partial or full facelift based on these photos. Consult in person with 3 board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Facelift candidate?

An in person consultation is always the best way to go to answer such a questions.  Research board-certified plastic surgeons in your area and find a few that seem to perform more facelifts than others.  THen schedule a couple of consultation to get more than one opinion.  Based on your pictures you may be a good candidate, certainly good enough to get an in-person assessment.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Candidate for partial facelift

Try to keep it as simple as possible. Your photos don't show all of your concerns but certainly a minilift or possibly a Wonderlift would be the most you would need. Avoid buccal fat removal and work with injectable fillers for the midface. At your current age and level of problems think lesser procedures.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Facelift for Jowls

Jowls and fat around the mouth can certainly be lifted to give you a more youthful look.
Whether or not buccal fat removal will benefit you, would depend on whether any of your cheek fat is the result of buccal fat herniation. 
A physical exam is required to determine the extent of buccal fat involvement.

Good luck!

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Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Lower Face Lift Candidate

Removal of the Buccal Fat Pad can worsen the appearance of a patient with prominent jowls or a "droopy" face.
Correction of these conditions can be accomplished using a short scar face lift with tightening of the SMAS muscles.  Liposuction of the jowls or anterior lower cheeks is also an option.
Please consult in person with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions. Cheers

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Facelift for early jowls

Your jawline would definitely improve with the facelift.  However, if you would like to improve heavy cheeks, you would need buccal fat removal procedure along with the facelift.

Best wishes!
Dr. Konstantin

Konstantin Vasyukevich, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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