Facelift Plastic Surgery CandidatesA facelift is one of the major plastic surgery procedures to create a more youthful looking face. Superlative facelift candidates will have reasonable expectations and will be committed to follow the pre- and post-surgical instructions provided by the facelift surgeon. Following a one to one consultation, the surgeon will be able to determine candidacy.

The surgeon will also review whether the patient needs additional procedures such as neck lift or brow lift, and suggest a customized treatment plan according to their unique needs. Board certified plastic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery provide facelift to patients in Richmond, Virginia, and surrounding communities.


Traits to Determine Candidacy

Ideal candidates for facelift will typically share a few key traits, which are described as follows:


Degree of Skin Elasticity

A salient candidate for facelift plastic surgery will have skin that retains some amount of elasticity, flexibility, and natural suppleness. During the procedure, the surgeon will tighten the facial skin to mitigate the appearance of wrinkles. If the skin has some elasticity, the results will be smooth and natural looking when it is pulled taut.


Strong Bone Structure

A facelift candidate should ideally have a well-defined underlying bone structure. This will provide support to the surgery and contribute to sustainable results. If the patient has less distinct features, they may choose facial implants as an addition or alternative to a facelift.


Reasonable Expectations

The candidate should have clarity about the strengths as well as the limitations of facelift. They should review as many facelift before and after pictures as possible to know exactly what the procedure can or cannot do for them. Such patients will be able to appreciate and enjoy the outcome of facelift in a better way.


Good Overall Health

The patient should be generally healthy to undergo facelift surgery. If they have any pre-existing health condition, they must inform the surgeon about it. Physical strength will help the patient sustain through anesthesia, surgery and the recovery process.


Excess Skin in the Face or Neck

The primary goal for seeking facelift surgery should be to remove loose skin from the face or neck, provide a subtle lift to the sagging skin, and improve the appearance of wrinkles at the same time. Loose skin will be trimmed away during the facelift procedure.


Male Candidates

Facelift is not for women alone. Men may be marvelous candidates for a facelift if they want to eliminate facial aging signs and restore a younger looking face. Facelift procedures for men have increased in the US by 44 percent over a five year period starting 2010. Experienced plastic surgeons at the Virginia Institute receive patients from Richmond, Virginia, and nearby areas for facelift surgery.


Age Limitations

Age is not among the key factors to determine candidacy for facelift. The candidate’s general health and skin elasticity make a crucial difference. However, most patients who choose facelift surgery are between the age group of 40 to 70 years. More people above the age of 50 are seeking facelift, according to the ASPS figures.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit


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