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Is a Facelift the Right Option For You?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging.

This plastic surgery procedure ranges from minimally invasive ‘lunchtime lifts’ to more extensive procedures and is designed to:

  • Remove excess lax skin of the face and neck.
  • Reposition and re-contour underlying fatty tissues.
  • Tighten underlying tissue and muscle.
  • Redrape skin on your neck and face.

While it is a safe and very effective surgery, not all patients are ideal candidates for a facelift. If you are considering a plastic surgery procedure, it’s important to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon as they can help determine which facial surgery is right for you.

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Am I a Candidate For A Facelift Surgery?

The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for a facelift is to schedule a personalized consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

During this plastic surgery consultation, your skin condition will be evaluated and your specific aesthetic goals and expectations discussed to determine your facelift candidacy.



Some of the factors that will be considered during the facelift consultation include:


  1. Skin Elasticity

An ideal facelift candidate will have skin that is elastic and supple. This is very important because during the plastic surgery procedure, the surgeon will tighten the skin to eliminate any wrinkles. The best results come from skin that is able to adapt to its new and improved contours.  


  1. Bone Structure

A healthy and well-defined bone structure provides a strong foundation for the many points of alteration made during the facelift procedure.

Patients who do not have a strong bone structure could consider facial implants as an alternative or an addition to the facelift plastic surgery procedure.


  1. Overall General/Mental Health

As with all plastic surgeries, the best candidates for facelifts are those that are in good overall health. Healing depends on vitality and general well-being

In addition, good mental health and realistic expectations are critical to your success and overall satisfaction with your surgical outcomes.


  1. Loose Skin

Patients with sagging, wrinkled skin on their cheeks and neck or who have ‘jowls’ will benefit substantially from the reduction of excess skin and fat.

Does My Age Factor In?

Age is certainly not the most important factor in determining whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this plastic surgery.

Most patients who undergo facelifts are between the ages of 40-70 and a qualified plastic surgeon will take into account your particular circumstances, skin texture and condition before determining whether this is the right procedure for you.


Realistic expectations of your facelift outcome is one of the most important factors in determining the success of this plastic surgery procedure. 

Patients should understand that a facelift will not help you look 20 years younger though you will most certainly look more youthful.

Learn More: Your Guide to Facelift Surgery

Alternative Non-Surgical Options

Before making any decisions, it’s essential to fully understand all the risks and complications of a facelift as well as what is involved in the procedure and recovery process.

If a facelift surgery is not right for you, our Edmonton clinic offers a wide range of non-surgical skin treatments to help you reach all your aesthetic goals.

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Learn More

To learn more about the costs and benefits of a facelift surgery, contact Dr. Adil Ladak at 780-407-6691.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Edmonton, Alberta and specializes in a variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.

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