Mini-lift? Normal Facelift? Necklift with a Facelift? Behind the ear incision? Do you want fries with that?

There is a lot of confusion about what a facelift is exactly. This article will hopefully help you to decide what surgical facelift is best for you.

There is no one-size-fits-all facelift. The variables include what you want, your facial anatomic structures, how much time off of work and life you can devote to recovery, and whether you can commit to a long-term plan of facial skin care and protection.

The most important factor is what you want. You should be able to communicate what exactly on your face you want tightened or rejuvenated. You may not be able to articulate all of the medical terms, but a good rapport with your plastic surgeon should be able to establish your parameters. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon should be able to tell you what is reasonable and achievable, and what is not.

Your personal facial structures, as well as how you have aged, will determine what you want and may enhance or limit what is possible through surgery. For example, sun damage and smoking will accelerate aging, so you may need more surgery or a facial skin rejuvenation procedure to get the best results possible. Your wishes to achieve the most aggressive rejuvenation, a more natural result, a wish to highlight a certain feature of your face- all of these ideas and thoughts will help your plastic surgeon come up with the best individualized plan for you.

How much time you can devote to recovery also helps to determine what facelift is best for you. The most rejuvenating facelift may often result in more surgery, more swelling, and longer recovery. A more limited incision, or less fat grafting, or fewer procedures, may offer you a more reasonable recovery time, given your time constraints. Fat grafting is a wonderful option for facial rejuvenation, but will require liposuction from some area on your body as well as more swelling in the areas of your face that require fat grafting. After coming up with an individualized plan, you can discuss with your plastic surgeon the best options for you.

A long term commitment to maintaining your facelift results is also necessary for your plastic surgeon to determine what is best for you. Despite a great surgical result, you are still responsible for sun protection, no excessive tanning, and other facial skin care treatments to maintain your result. Discuss this during your consultation as well, because your lifestyle after surgery may affect what procedures will be done along with your facelift.

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