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Facelift – Now or Later: How to Know When You May Be Ready for a Facelift

Is it too soon for a facelift? Many men and women desire a youthful appearance but are unsure if they are ready for facelift surgery. The answer will differ from patient to patient, which is why we’ve written this guide to help you determine when if the time is right for you. If it’s not, other rejuvenation options will be discussed.

Signs You May Be Ready for a Facelift

Facelift surgery will provide facial rejuvenation for the lower part of the face. It targets the area ranging from the cheeks to the middle of the neck. Components of a traditional facelift include tightening sagging skin and underlying tissues, removing excess skin, and restoring volume by repositioning fat pads. The resulting scars are hidden under the chin and around the ear.

The goal is a refreshed, rested and youthful appearance, with little to suggest that surgery has been done.

Patients range in age from 40 to 80. You may be a candidate for a facelift if you are bothered by any or all of the following:

  • Lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth
  • Sagging skin on the jawline
  • Jowls and sagging cheeks
  • Hollowed, sunken areas on the face
  • Loss of facial volume

Facelift: Now or Wait?

These age-related changes are the telltale signs of the need for facelift surgery. While aging will continue after a facelift, the patient will enjoy a refreshed look for many years.

If signs of aging are in their initial stages, then non-surgical treatments may be the best option. Non-surgical therapies such as fillers, skin conditioning and neuromodulators are temporary, but they can provide effective rejuvenation until the patient is a candidate for surgery.

If Not Ready, Rejuvenation Doesn’t Have to Wait

If the patient is not ready for a facelift, injectables and skin conditioning are effective options for rejuvenation that require little downtime and recovery.


We can help you decide if the timing is right for a facelift or recommend other options for rejuvenation. Call us at 604.522.5199 to schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash.