A good candidate for a face-lift: has sagging skin in the face and neck, has skin that still has some elasticity, is in good health, maintains a stable weight, and has realistic expectations.
If you do not meet all of these criteria, but meet some of them, you may still be a good candidate for a facelift. If you have good skin tone, it is more likely that your skin will respond well to the surgery.
You are also at increased risk for complications if you have diabetes, poor circulation, heart, lung or liver disease, smoke, have a family history of blood clots, take certain medications, etc. You'll want to discuss your medical history thoroughly with your physician before you choose to undergo surgery.
At the initial visit, your doctor will likely ask you to describe in detail what you would like improved. Be specific about what you would like done. If your surgeon fully understands your expectations, she'll be able to determine whether your goals are realistic. Your physician will examine your skin, hairline, and structure of your face to determine which techniques will be employed, where incisions will be made and what results can be achieved. Your skin type, thickness and texture, your age, if you are a smoker and pre-existing sun damage will all effect ther final result.