Question: I’ve been a smoker for the past 15 years of my life. I’d like to have a facelift to get rid of my deep wrinkles. Would it be possible to really make them disappear?
Answer: The facelift surgery can help rejuvenate the face. It is important to realize that the facelift is a medical procedure. Rhytidectomy has risks and complications. Fifteen years of smoking may have caused some possible respiratory changes as well as changes in the blood vessels. A complete medical assessment will be necessary. Also, facelifts require raising and elevating blocks of tissue called skin flaps. These may become compromised if they are very long in patients who don’t have a rich blood supply for their skin. The changes on your skin surface may not be improved with the facelift, and facial resurfacing may be needed as well. However, it is good to have a complete examination to determine what is the best combination and the safest approach to give you the best result.