Facelifts are for both men and women. Candidates are individuals who have a sufficient amount of facial laxity to make the procedure worthwhile. Typical physical characteristics are visible neck muscles that are causing banding in the neck, laxity of skin or an excess of fat in the neck, a loss of the clear border along the jaw between face and neck, jowling, deep lines from the corner of the mouth to the jaw, and lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Low eyebrows are not treated with a facelift; those are fixed with a browlift. Extra skin and/or fat of the eyelids are treated with an eyelift procedure.
Since a facelift is elective surgery, patients must be in good health. An important part of being a facelift candidate is to understand the outcome that is likely for you and deciding if the risks and complications and costs make that seem worthwhile to you.