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Are You A Good Candidate For A Face Lift?

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 14:34

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

A face lift will not stop the aging process, but it can make you appear younger by reducing or eliminating sagging skin on the face and neck. You should have realistic expectations about what effect the procedure might have on your life. While your self-esteem will most likely improve, your overall appearance will remain the same.

The best candidates for face lift are

  • In good overall health
  • Psychologically stable
  • Have realistic expectations about the surgery
  • Have good skin elasticity and bone structure

Before surgery, the plastic surgeon will ask you about your medical history. Be honest. The doctor will want to know

  • If you have high blood pressure or problems with blood clotting
  • What medications you take, either prescription or over-the-counter, especially aspirin or other drugs that thin the blood
  • If you smoke cigarettes or use drugs
  • If you have any allergies
  • If your skin scars easily
  • If you have a history or cold sores or blisters on the mouth
  • If you have a history of acne

Nice To Know:

Why skin ages

The skin has two basic layers:

  • Epidermis: this outer layer contains epidermal cells, pigment, and proteins.
  • Dermis: this middle layer contains dermal cells, blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, and oil glands and provides nutrition to the epidermis.

The layer under the skin (subcutaneous layer) contains blood vessels and fat.

The dermal layer also contains connective tissue, with collagen fibers to provide support and elastin fibers to provide flexibility and strength.

As we age, wrinkles, creases, and furrows occur because

  • The amount of fat in the subcutaneous layer is reduced
  • Sebaceous glands produce less oil
  • Collagen fibers and elastin fibers that support the skin loose their elasticity.


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