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The most common facelift timing questions are common because they’re frequently asked You won’t be the only person wondering about when you should pull the trigger on finally getting surgery. Or if you’d be better off doing a quick non surgical facelift rather than the whole surgical procedure. Getting the answers to these questions will be important–and getting individualized answers will be even more important.

What Are the Most Common Facelift Timing Questions That People Ask?

It’s not unusual for patients to have questions about facelifts when they want to rejuvenate their skin and transformer their appearance. Some of the most common facelift questions revolve around the timing of the procedure: when to undergo a facelift, when the procedure might be complete, how long recovery might take and so on.

The answers to these questions will vary from patient to patient. That’s because facelift procedures can be wildly unique, with each procedure individualized for the patient. After all, everyone is going to have a unique collection of lines and wrinkles that they’re trying to get rid of.

When Should I Get a Facelift?

This question comes up quite often: Is there a perfect age at which you should undergo your facelift procedure? The answer is, well, it depends on the individual. It’s not as though a facelift will be good for someone who is 57 but not someone who is 56. That said, it’s generally recommended that you refrain from undergoing your facelift too early, as the signs of aging will continue to accumulate.

Generally, most patients are advised to undergo a facelift when they start to feel as though the lines and wrinkles on their faces no longer reflect how they feel about themselves. (Surgeons will also generally look to see if the lines and wrinkles are fairly evenly distributed.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Facelift recovery will generally take anywhere between 4-6 weeks, depending on the type of facelift you’ve undergone. Often, patients will be able to resume most normal activities after two weeks or so. That’s the point at which bruising and swelling have subsided enough that patients feel comfortable going outside.

But every facelift will be different. More extensive facelift procedures will require a longer recovery. And, of course, any complications will also likely add to your recovery time. That’s typical of most plastic surgery procedures. “Mini” versions of facelift surgery will typically lead to a shorter recovery time.

Can I Get a Non Surgical Facelift Instead?

Injectables such as Botox and Juvederm have made so-called “non surgical” facelifts incredibly popular. Botox and Juvederm are two very different types of injectables. Botox is what’s known as a neuromodulator. It works to block messages from being sent to or received by muscles in the injected area. That makes Botox perfect for laugh lines, concentration lines–anything wrinkle or line that’s caused by a muscle contraction.

Juvederm, on the other hand, works by filling volume in the face and, thus, decreasing wrinkles and lines. It’s an example of an injectable known as a dermal filler. These fillers mitigate volume loss associated with aging.

Whether you’re a better fit for an injectable or for surgical facelift will depend on your circumstances. A facelift surgery will be able to generate more substantial results, but injectables are known for faster recovery time and subtle results. So it depends what direction you’re leaning in.

Keep Asking Questions

If you have more facelift questions, it’s a good idea to get some individualized answers–and the best place to do that is from your local plastic or cosmetic surgeon. So if you want more answers, those answers are definitely out there. You just have to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon. The most common facelift timing questions will likely have been asked before–but the answer will be new to you.

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