DOCTOR, AM I READY FOR A FACELIFT?
A number of our patients present with the above question and related similarities, like am I too young for a facelift? Is it better to do it when I have significant sagging? Is it better to do it when I’m younger because my tissue will respond better? Etc.
The first thing to remember is that when one has an issue with their appearance and considers a facelift, it’s typically because there are some jowls, some loose tissue in the neck, a double chin, facial wrinkling, etc. The idea that we are aware of one or more of the above issues does not necessarily mean that other people realize or notice those things in our faces. It is often only us that notice the problem and are quite self conscious about it. It is because of that particular issue, and that is, that there is something that is bothering us and it affects the way we relate to other people because we are quite self conscious about it, that the answer lies 100% within ourselves. No other person, that is, a physician, a loved one, a friend, or anyone else can truly advise someone when to have a facelift. We need to take care and correct any and all of those issues when and if they bother us, because the truth is that once we have them fixed it may be that some people notice it, it may be that everyone notices it, or it may be that no one notices it. Where it will have a significant and dramatic effect is in how we react to the surgery itself and the positive effect that it has in our attitude and in our self-esteem.
It is also helpful to remember that you can have one of two ways of thinking. The first one is you may want to take care of issues before they become quite noticeable. The reasoning behind this is that you will never really truly show the signs of aging because you have taken preventive measures and corrected those issues before they became noticeable. On the other hand, you may have the train of thought of I am going to wait until I truly have issues because I may be able to take care of all issues at the same time.
There is no right or wrong answer. The idea here is that in a competitive society where youth is valued over many other qualities. The idea of remaining youthful and presenting an active, energetic figure makes sense to a lot of people. In the final analysis, we always must remember that the effect of a facelift impacts one person alone – and that person is ourselves. The positive effect that it has in interpersonal relations due to the increase in self-esteem makes us the direct beneficiaries of the procedure.