Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift Surgery?

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Posted on November 9, 2017 under Facelift

The facelift can be an effective cosmetic surgery procedure for people who are bothered by the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and loose skin on their face that may make them look older than they are. However, not every adult who wishes to achieve a youthful-looking face may be a fantastic candidate for a facelift. Individuals who are keen to choose facial rejuvenation procedures may consult with an experienced plastic surgeon to determine if a facelift may be the right procedure to meet their aesthetic needs.

Cosmetic Surgery Associates, led by board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Dean Jabs and Dr. Franklin Richards, is a well-known practice providing facelifts and other procedures. With offices in Bethesda, MD, and McLean, VA, the practice receives patients from Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and other areas.

Who is a Facelift Surgery Candidate?

During the initial cosmetic surgery consultation for the face, the surgeon will evaluate the existing facial skin condition and texture, apart from various other parameters before recommending facelift surgery. Some of the key factors that will be considered in this process include the following:

Degree of Skin Laxity

While some amount of skin laxity will be there, an ideal candidate for a facelift will still have some amount of skin elasticity in the face. The facelift procedure will essentially tighten or stretch the facial skin to smooth out the wrinkles and lift drooping skin. Therefore, if the skin has some natural flexibility and suppleness, the results will be very effective.

Facial Bone Structure

Patients who have a naturally well-defined underlying bone structure in the face will usually achieve the best possible outcomes from a facelift. The plastic surgeon will be able to make the desired facial improvements more comprehensively when the bone structure provides the right support.

General Health

The patient’s general health condition will be considered to ensure that there is no existing medical condition that could hamper the surgery or the recovery process. Normal healing and recovery are an important part of the overall procedure. The surgeon will also review the facial anatomy and the patient’s previous surgeries involving the face, if any.

Realistic Expectations

Marvelous candidates for facelift surgery will have clear aesthetic goals, a positive outlook, and realistic expectations from the procedure. Some patients may be keen to achieve dramatic improvement in facial appearance, but it is important to retain the natural look and original facial identity and integrity. Candidates with realistic expectations will usually achieve the highest levels of satisfaction from the procedure.

Age Factor

Cosmetic Surgery Associates offers facelifts and other procedures to patients in Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and nearby locations. While determining whether a patient is a stellar candidate for a facelift, the surgeon may also consider the age factor.

A vast majority of patients who receive facelift surgery typically belong to the age group of 40 to 65 years. In some cases, even patients in the age group of 65 to 75 may opt for a facelift, provided their facial skin has a certain degree of elasticity.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit  or

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Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers