How to know if you are a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
Of all the facial plastic surgery procedures Dr. Mittelman performs, facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) provides perhaps the most dramatic and impressive improvement. Not surprisingly, it is also the procedure that requires the most time and extensive amount of work. Furthermore, choosing the right kind of facelift will help patient’s address specific concerns about what areas they wish to maximally improve. Many common questions can be answered during a consultation, here are some frequently asked questions with answers that may be helpful.
Q: Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
A: Ideal facelift candidates are physically and mentally healthy, and understand the scope of change that the procedure offers. The condition of a patient’s skin may also affect their candidacy, a variable that often proves more important than age.
Q: Am I too old for a facelift?
A: Age is less important factor than overall health and skin condition. Dr. Mittelman has facelift patients that range from early 40s to late 80s.
Q: I have difficulty with general anesthesia, can this be done without being put to sleep?
A: Absolutely! Several options exist for anesthesia during a facelift. The procedure can be done in the office with only local anesthesia or in our surgery center with monitored anesthesia care. Neither of these approaches necessitate a breathing tube. Choosing the right approach for you can be addressed during your consultation.
Q: What is a “Mini Facelift?”
A: A Mini Facelift is just one of the minimally invasive types of facelift Dr. Mittelman performs. Other similar procedures include the Young Woman’s Facelift. The length of incisions and amount of dissection is considerably less than a classic facelift. The correct type of facelift for you can be addressed during your consultation.
Q: What is a “liquid facelift?” Am I a candidate?
A: Liquid facelifts most commonly involve the use of fat or other dermal fillers. In this practice we most commonly Sculptra or Voluma XC to restore volume to areas that are appearing older. These fillers can create a more youthful appearance of the face. An ideal candidate is not bound by age, but typically does not have significant skin laxity. Rather, there is usually significant hollowing and volume loss of the face. This appearance is commonly seen in runners and other in-shape athletes.