Facelift/Threadlift Q & A

Q: I am 76 years old. Can I get a facelift?

A: A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves signs of aging in the face and neck. It helps correct sagging in the face, tightens loose skin, and removes excess fatty tissue under the chin and jaw. A facelift usually lasts anywhere from 5-10 years, depending on how well you take care of yourself. Even though you continue to age, you will always look better than if you didn’t go through the procedure.

Age is not as important when getting a facelift as your health. If you are able to safely undergo anesthesia, then why not feel better about how your face and neck appear? Be sure to discuss your concerns with a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon – if you have a lot of wrinkles, you may need laser resurfacing at the same time.

Q: What happens when a browlift or facelift starts to sag again?

A: The results of a browlift and facelift typically last 5-10 years. The length of time primarily depends on your overall state of health and how you take care of yourself. If you smoke, are in the sun a lot, and have many weight fluctuations, then the results will not last as long.

In general, you should not look “weird” as time goes by. The primary goal of a good surgeon would be to keep you looking natural. Certain techniques used during a facelift can help you to look natural as aging continues, such as a more vertical pull on the tissues as opposed to a posterior pull. Be sure to find a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon with a lot of experience in performing facelifts for the best results.

Q: Is a neck lift needed for loose skin?

A: A neck lift is an excellent procedure that can help correct and enhance the neck, which improves loose, saggy skin and gives a more natural look. Unfortunately, anyone who turns their neck in certain directions or turns the chin in may show some loose skin.

If your neckline in the normal position looks good, then you probably won’t benefit from surgery. There is no ideal age for necklift surgery, and candidates may range from people in their 20’s to the elderly as long as they are a good candidate. To see if you are qualified for this surgery, you should be sure to speak with a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon.

Q: Is a thread lift an alternative to a full facelift?

A: A threadlift and a facelift treat separate areas of the face, so one procedure cannot substitute for another. The threadlift focuses more on the cheek area and nasal folds, giving a subtle lift to the midface. A full facelift primarily lifts the sagging skin in the neck and jawline.

A threadlift is a relatively minor procedure that can be done under a local injection in about one hour with a smaller incision. A full facelift is a more detailed, time-consuming procedure that is done under general anesthesia. The results are more dramatic and can last up to 10 years, whereas a threadlift can give results lasting up to five years.

The recovery time for a threadlift is minimal, about seven days, with some slight swelling and bruising. A facelift has a recovery time of about 10 days. If you have minimal sagging along the jawline, a mini facelift may work well for you.

Consult a board certified facial plastic surgeon to see what would be the best procedure for your needs. For more information from the experienced professionals at Associates in Plastic Surgery, please call (732) 548-3200 to reach a member of our team in Edison, Marlboro, or Warren, NJ, or Staten Island.