Facelift surgery is a major medical procedure with a 2 to 4 week recovery time. The best candidates for this procedure will enjoy a faster and less painful recovery time. In addition, the best candidates may be more satisfied with the results of their facelift after the recovery has taken place. If you're considering facelift surgery for yourself, it's important to first determine if you are a good candidate. Below is a list of the characteristics that the best candidates possess.

Good Physical Health

Candidates who are in good health are better candidates than those who aren't. In fact, some health conditions can discount you as a possible candidate for facelift surgery. Some of the health conditions that can complicate your facelift surgery include:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease

Your plastic surgeon will ask you about preexisting medical conditions during the consultation before the procedure. Disclosing any preexisting health conditions before the surgery is an important part of ensuring that the surgery goes smoothly.

Strong Emotional Health

Facelift surgery is an emotionally charged procedure that can change a patient's self-image and self-confidence. The ideal candidate will be emotionally healthy and stable, and will have realistic expectations for their cosmetic surgery. Candidates who suffer from depression should reveal this condition before proceeding with the surgery.

Good Habits and Lifestyle Choices

The best candidates for a facelift are those who have healthy habits and who make healthy lifestyle choices. Good candidates engage in regular exercise and maintain good physical fitness. They don't consume alcohol at all, or if they do, only drink in moderation.

The best candidates are also non-smokers. Smoking can lengthen the recovery time of a surgery, so smokers who get facelift surgery may be asked to quit in the days and weeks before the surgery takes place. People who are routinely exposed to second hand smoke at home may need to ask the smoking member or members of their household to temporarily stop this activity.

Face and Body Characteristics

Some faces, body types and skin types are better for facelift surgery than others. Good bone structure and skin elasticity are both important qualities that will help ensure the results of the facelift are satisfactory to the patient. Skin suppleness will speed the recovery and ensure that the skin looks beautiful after the procedure.

A qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon will be able to give you more information about what makes a good candidate for plastic surgery. To learn more, contact a plastic surgeon for a consultation today.