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Who Should Get A Full Facelift? 6 Signs That Show You’re Ready

If you’ve wondered about the best age for a facelift, you’re not alone. Signs of aging, such as the appearance of sagging and wrinkly skin due to the lessening of skin elasticity, are a common concern. A permanent way to address these signs of aging is through a full facelift surgery or rhytidectomy.

What is Full Facelift Surgery?

A full facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to rectify the appearance of sagging skin. A full facelift involves pulling back a flap of skin on each side of the face and removing the excess skin to produce a facial structure that’s tauter and younger-looking. It also involves a neck lift if needed, which reduces the fats and sagging of the neck area.
A full facelift is usually recommended to address prominent signs of aging, such as saggy skin in the cheek area, excess skin in the jawline, deep skin folds from the sides of the nose to the corner of the mouth, and sagging skin and excess fat in the neck area.

What Are the Signs You’re Ready For a Full Facelift?

  1. Your deep creases are getting more pronounced. Whether the signs of aging are premature or not, the appearance of deep creases around your mouth may be affecting your self-esteem and causing you distress.
  2. Your face has lost its volume. With aging comes the loss of firm and taut skin, replaced by sunken and hollow skin, especially in the cheek area and around the eyes. A facelift procedure can reposition fat pads and facial muscles to restore youthful-looking eyes and healthy, plumper cheeks.
  3. Your neck and jawline are saggy. The neck is a noticeable area that shows signs of aging, such as drooping skin along the chin and neckline. A full facelift can address jowls, double chin, or a “turkey neck” caused by sagging skin.
  4. You’re in good physical condition. Being within the normal weight range and having a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking and drinking too much alcohol, means that your body can heal faster and that you’re at a lower risk for complications from the procedure.
  5. You’re within the average age range. Ideally, patients who undergo full facelifts are between 45 to 50 years of age, but patients can be between 35 to 65 years of age. While there’s no best age for a facelift procedure, you should consult a doctor to determine the best treatment for you. For symptoms that aren’t yet very pronounced, your doctor can recommend alternative treatments, such as dermal injections and fillers, to address your concerns.
  6. You’re looking for permanent results. You may have tried several non-surgical anti-aging solutions and treatments that have a short-term impact and now want a treatment with more dramatic and permanent results.

What Are the Risks of Full Facelifts?

If you’re considering the procedure, it’s important to be aware of the risks. A common side effect is a hematoma or bruising and swelling of the surgical area, which forms within 24 hours of the procedure. Scarring is also a common side effect, though the hairline and contours of the face and ears typically hide them.

Like all major surgeries, there’s a risk of bleeding or infection. Some patients may experience nerve damage, which is rare, or hair loss that may be temporary or permanent.

Certain conditions might make you unsuitable for for a rhytidectomy procedure, such as if you have a medical condition that affects blood clotting or wound healing and if you’re taking blood-thinning medications, as they can increase the risk of hematoma formation.

Where Can You Get the Best Results for a Full Facelift in Bangkok?

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We highly recommend consulting a cosmetic surgeon specializing in rhytidectomy procedures. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons at Nirunda Clinic are experienced in performing full facelift surgeries at our world-class clinical facility. We use state-of-the-art technology and have a dedicated healthcare team to provide our patients with the best medical care possible.

Before the procedure, our doctors will invite you for a consultation and conduct a physical examination to determine if you’re a good candidate for a rhytidectomy. They’ll provide information about the procedure and answer any questions to ensure you feel comfortable about your decision.

If you think you’re someone who should get a full facelift, let Nirunda Clinic, Bangkok’s leading international aesthetic clinic, restore youthfulness to your facial features. Book a consultation today.