The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a highly personal one. You should be sure of your decision and confident in your medical team, as well as realistic about your expectations going into the procedure. In order to ensure you’re making an informed decision, it can be helpful to know some of the sneaky, tell tale signs that it may be time to consider a facelift or other facial cosmetic surgery.
1. Your laugh lines are no longer a laughing matter
If you’ve ever noticed the lines at appear on the side of your nose and mouth when you smile or laugh, you’ve seen your laugh lines. Everyone has them and they’re normally nothing to worry about; however, if those lines are still visible, even when your face is at rest, then you may want to consider a mid-face rhytidectomy, a procedure that treats the lower portion of your face.
2. You’ve noticed less fullness in your cheeks
When we are young, we all have pads of fat in our face that give our cheeks a full, rounded appearance. However, as we age, these pads begin to sag and droop, leaving your face with a hollow appearance and looking older than you should. If this sounds like what you’ve been seeing in the mirror, a facelift may be a good choice for you. Facelift surgery can help to elevate these fat pads, restoring a full, youthful appearance to your cheeks.
3. Marionette lines are starting to appear
You’re no puppet… so then why would you put up with lines that can make you look like one? If you’re not sure what marionette lines are, they are the lines or wrinkles that run from the corners of your mouth down to the edges of your chin. A facelift can greatly help reduce their appearance, making you look instantly years younger.
4. Your jawline has begun to sag
No one likes to think it’s happening to them, and even the very word can make you cringe, but jowls are a real thing. Sagging skin is a normal part of the aging process, and is caused by a combination of gravity and loss of elasticity in the skin. Unfortunately, once this delicate skin has begun to sag and jowls have formed, there is no magic pill, special diet, exercise, or even a cream or serum that can eliminate them. However, a facelift can help to lift the sagging skin and help bring definition back to your jawline.
5. You constantly look more tired than you feel
Facial cosmetic surgery is about more than simply rejuvenating your face; rather, the right procedure can make you look fresh and even healthier. You may be able to get all the sleep in the world (if so, lucky you), but wrinkles and sagging skin can still make you look perpetually tired and exhausted, and often even older than you really are. Facelifts can quickly address these — and other — issues.
6. Less invasive procedures are no longer working
The key to younger looking skin is to start early; after all, prevention is always easier than a cure. Beginning in your 20s, you should focus on a solid skin care routine using quality products. As you start to notice small imperfections, such as fine lines around your eyes or on your forehead, there are non-invasive procedures that can act as an easy, quick fix. Injectables, such as Botox, anti-aging serums, or skin treatments, such as a chemical peel, can all help slow down, and possibly even turn back, the hands of time. However, over time, these types of procedures may eventually fail to deliver the level of results that you’re looking for. When this happens, it may be time to begin considering a more aggressive approach, such as cosmetic surgery.
7. You’re unhappy with your physical appearance
Simply put, one of the best indicators of when you’re ready for facial cosmetic surgery is, well… you. While it’s true that one benefit is cosmetic surgery is that it can make you look younger, its main goal is to help you feel more confident about your appearance. If you ever find yourself avoiding mirrors, shying away from your photo being taken, or even skipping out on events because you’re self-conscious about the way you look, then it may be time to consider facial surgery.