Let’s face it. The best moisturizers in the world aren’t going to be able to ward off the natural laws of time and gravity. We are still living in a world which discriminates according to gender, age and aesthetics. Some remedies are more extreme than others; from vitamin E cream to Los Angeles Plastic Surgery. This article is focused on facelifts, to observe the facts regarding benefits, candidacy, costs, and risks of the procedure, to help you make the most informed decision when it comes to altering your appearance.

A Facelift is a surgical procedure that combats facial skin laxity and sagging. It is used in cases of mid-face sagging, creases in the lower eyelids and from the nose to the edges of the mouth, displaced or fallen fat, loss of muscle tone and loose facial skin. Candidacy is determined after consultation with a specialist, usually a surgeon. It is important to seek a reputed, certified specialist, to ensure the best possible job. Furthermore to ensure that the procedure is necessary – you don’t want some quack who just wants to get one payment closer to paying off their yacht, so get a second opinion, and probably a third one too.

Costs vary greatly depending on the surgeon, geographical location, and your particular procedural needs, however, on an average, the cost of the surgery itself ranges from $6,000 to $15,000, plus $1,000 to $1,400 for anesthesia plus between $300 and $2,000 in hospital fees.

Risks of facelifts include, but are not limited to:
1. Scarring
2. Infection
3. Bleeding or under-skin coagulation
4. Anesthesiaand surgical risks
5. Facial asymmetry
6. Nerve injury
7. Numbness
8. Color irregularities
9. Deep vein thrombosis
10. Cardiac and pulmonary complications
11. Skin swelling or hypersensitivity
12. Hair loss
13. The possibility of corrective, follow-up surgery

The risks noted above highlight the importance of choosing a certified professional. Check with your surgeon that they are certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or any other equally recognized official body.

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