To be honest there is no real alternative to a facelift. If you have ever seen the movie 'Face Off' with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta it brings a whole new meaning to a facelift. Basically a known criminal has the face lifted off an assailant and planted on to them so that they become the assailant and so can not be captured for the crimes they will commit.

This ties in with the idea that you need to have a good understanding and realistic expectation of what you will achieve from having a facelift. Many people have a facelift but are not satisfied with the end result and so they have another and another until they are barely recognizable. One such person who was influenced by this was the legendary Michael Jackson (RIP). Whilst he may not have had too many facelifts it was clear to see that he had more than his fair share of cosmetic surgery.

Before you undertake a facelift you need to make sure you are fully prepared. The best candidates for facelift are

  • In good overall health
  • Psychologically stable
  • Have realistic expectations about the surgery
  • Have good skin elasticity and bone structure

For a facelift having good bone structure and skin elasticity is vital. Because the skin can sometimes be shrunk or stretched over areas to tighten it the last thing you want is poor bone structure that makes you look like Skeleton. On the other hand if your skin to too firm then when you tries to stretch it you could look like a poor version of Prune face from Dick Tracy.

As with every surgical procedure it pays to talk to your doctor and surgeon first about any issues you may have before surgery. Many people, as said, want a facelift because they see it on TV and want to look like their favorite celebrity. Facelifts are not for everyone and some people just can not have them due to the factors mentioned above such bone structure and skin elasticity. That does not mean that they do not deserve to be sacrificed of such a procedure it just means that, as with many things in life, some people are just luckier than others.

Before you have the procedure you will need to be assessed to see if you are medically fit to go the procedure. You will need to talk with your doctor and they will need to know of the following:

  • If you have high blood pressure or problems with blood clotting
  • What medications you take, either prescription or over-the-counter, especially aspirin or other drugs that thin the blood
  • If you smoke cigarettes or use drugs
  • If you have any allergies
  • If your skin scars easily
  • If you have a history or cold sores or blisters on the mouth
  • If you have a history of acne

These are all routine conditions that can affect the outcome or your own suitability for the facelift procedure but if you are sure you require it and are medically sound then maybe you too should take a look at the man (or woman) in the mirror and make a change.