Facelifts were the fifth most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States in 2004. For a variety of reasons, including aging, gravity, overexposure to the sun, and stress, people opt for this complex procedure that involves removing excess fat, tightening facial muscles and redraping facial and neck skin. A facelift can be a stand-alone procedure or accompany a forehead lift, eyelid surgery or nose surgery.
The best candidate is one whose face and neck skin, which has started to sag, still retains some elasticity, and who has a strong bone structure. A facelift cannot put the aging process in check, but it can minimize the obvious signs of aging. Most facelifts are performed in patients from their forties to sixties, although excellent results can be achieved in much older patients.