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Is a Facelift Right for Me?

Published on June 2, 2024

Facelifts are one of the most popular facial plastic surgery procedures and can provide dramatic, yet natural-looking enhancement. This procedure is a great option for many patients who are unhappy with their facial appearance due to loose, sagging skin and deep wrinkles.

Your anatomy, specific cosmetic concerns, general health, treatment preferences, and many other factors must be considered to determine if a facelift is right for you. This is why every patient under the care of double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Mofid, begins their treatment journey with an in-depth consultation. The information gathered at this appointment allows Dr. Mofid to identify the safest, most effective treatment approach for each unique patient.

Is a Facelift the Best Facial Plastic Surgery for My Needs?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that addresses signs of aging like drooping tissue and deep wrinkles in the mid-face and lower face. This procedure involves excising excess skin, redistributing or removing fat, and/or repairing weakened facial muscles to restore a more youthful-looking appearance.

If you have skin laxity and wrinkles in the upper face, you may be a good candidate for a surgical brow lift and/or eyelid lift. A brow lift, or forehead lift, tightens forehead skin and lifts heavy, sagging brows. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, involves removing excess skin and fat and repositioning tissue to refresh the eye area.

In cases where patients have advanced signs of aging in the upper face, as well as the mid- and lower face, Dr. Mofid often recommends combining a facelift with eyelid surgery and/or a brow lift. This approach allows for comprehensive, natural-looking outcomes with one procedure and one recovery period. A facelift can also be paired with a neck lift.

Facelift vs. Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Facelift surgery is not the only option for rejuvenating the facial appearance. There are a variety of minimally invasive and non-invasive aesthetic treatments for resolving signs of aging throughout the face. For example, Botox® can smooth away many facial lines, and dermal fillers can be used to restore lost volume and sculpt more youthful facial contours.

When it comes to differences between a facelift and non-surgical facial treatments, you’ll want to consider:

  • Longevity of results – Non-surgical treatments are temporary, so regular treatments will be needed to maintain your preferred look. A facelift offers results that last for a decade or more.
  • Nature of your aesthetic concerns – Non-surgical treatments are intended to address mild-to-moderate signs of aging. If you have severe skin laxity, for instance, surgical intervention is likely a better option.

The First Step: Consult a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

The best way to find out if a facelift is the optimal treatment approach for achieving your facial rejuvenation goals is to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Mofid. Dr. Mofid is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. These certifications indicate that he has completed extensive training and education requirements, including specialized training in facial plastic surgery.

During your consultation, Dr. Mofid will assess your facial tissue and structure, review your medical history, and speak with you about your goals and expectations for treatment. Additionally, digital imaging technology will be used to give you an idea of the potential results you can expect from a facelift procedure.

Dr. Mofid has performed countless facial plastic surgery procedures for patients throughout the San Diego area. You can find before and after photos of his facelift patients in our gallery to see for yourself what is possible with this procedure when performed by Dr. Mofid.

Schedule a Consultation

Choosing to undergo a facelift is a personal decision that requires thoughtful consideration and professional guidance. If you are ready to explore your facial rejuvenation options and find out if a facelift is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mofid.