June 26th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
A very common question San Francisco Bay Area facelift patients ask is, “When do I need surgery?” The answer is different for each individual, and it is a personal decision. The cosmetic plastic surgery patient needs to determine what their priorities are.
For some patients, they want to address issues as they occur with aging. Their goal is to have corrections be as subtle as possible so that friends and family are not sure they had anything done. Many times this may start with an eyelid lift and/or a brow lift in their 30’s or 40’s, but this varies with each patient as everyone ages differently.
Then there are patients that want to have surgery only once, so they wait as long as possible perhaps into their late 50’s or even 60’s and have all done at one time. For this patient, the result is much more dramatic. View before and after pictures of Dr. Delgado’s patients.
Both of these choices are completely acceptable, it depends on what the patient wants. The only bad choice would be for the patient that has waited and needs to have a full face lift, brow lift and eyes, but chooses to have only one area done, this will give a result that will have the face out of balance. When only one area is of concern to the patient, say loose skin on the neck, they may wish have a neck lift only. What happens though once the neck area is corrected the age won’t match with the rest of the face, and then the focus will go to another area that looks older such as the eyes…. Dr. Delgado is an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon serving Marin County and Sonoma County in cosmetic and plastic surgery.