Do I Need A Facelift Or Facial Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am 19 years old and very thin. But still the skin on my face is very loose. When I pull my cheek and jaw skin towards my ears, my face looks chiseled. Otherwise it looks round and slight chubby. I want to know if a facelift is good for me? If not what I can do to improve my face?

A: It would be hard to imagine under any circumstance that a facelift would be warranted on someone your age. Pulling one’s facial skin back does make  everyone’s face look more defined as the bony prominences, particularly the jawline and chin, become more pronounced. But that does not mean that a facelift (neck-jowl lift) is warranted. A facelift’s primary objective and indication is for skin laxity and sagging not to make the face appear more sculpted. (although it can create that secondary effect) You are likely in need of facial procedures that provide enhancement of your facial bone prominences, such as the chin, cheeks or jaw angles. Such facial implants can help create a more defined or chiseled face. But a facelift is definitely not what you need.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana