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When Should You Get a Facelift?

One of the many frequently asked questions we’ve heard here at McLean Clinic would be, “What’s the best age to get a facelift plastic surgery” or “Am I too young or too old to get a facelift?”

Young woman with a smooth and sculpted face.

In this article, we’ll shed light on this intriguing topic by discussing the:

  • Benefits of facelift plastic surgery as an anti-aging treatment
  • Role of your age in the success rate of your facelift
  • Non-surgical facelift options for younger patients

Let’s delve right in.

Facelift, an Anti-Ageing Secret

Medically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that is guaranteed to give you a beautiful and more youthful appearance.

  • Tightens the loose, sagging skin in the face/
  • Enhances the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Banishes deep creases around the under-eye area
  • Address the loss of facial volume that result in hanging skin
  • Gets rid of facial folds and creases ( nasolabial folds and marionette lines)
  • Contours the cheek area
  • Gives a more defined jawline

To achieve exceptionally stunning results, your doctor may recommend combining your facelift with other complementary procedures. Depending on your case, this may include eyelid surgery, browlift surgery, or Botox, which can also work as a non-surgical facelift.,

Is There an Ideal Age for a Facelift?

At McLean Clinic, we have no hard and fast rules when it comes to the right age for a facelift. We believe that it’s the patient’s personal decision, that each patient is unique, and more importantly, there are other factors to consider if a patient is a viable candidate for a facelift.

When you come into our clinic expressing your desire to get a facelift, Dr. McLean and our team of experts will evaluate your case based on the following:

  • Beauty concerns – What specific concerns do you wish to address and what are your expectations after having the procedure
  • Genetics/Ethnicity – There are some ethnicities that tend to age well and do not show severe signs of ageing until much later in life. For example, Asians and Hispanics.
  • Skin quality – Your current skin condition around the face will be assessed in terms of moisture, tightness, or sagging
  • Lifestyle – Your doctor may also ask questions about your health and lifestyle practices, which can help determine how fast you are going to age through the years. For example, if you regularly smoke, sleep late at night, and work in a high-stress environment, there are more chances that you’ll be ageing at an accelerated rate.

When you get a facelift procedure done, the goal is to get the maximum results by addressing all the existing tell-tale signs of ageing and hence preserving a youthful version of yourself. Ideally, the sooner, the better.

However, getting a facelift at an age or stage when many of the ageing symptoms are not yet present or prominent could be deemed useless because it means there’s a higher likelihood that you would have to do it again in the very near future. That being said, a facelift in your late 20s or early 30s would not be advisable. While you may start noticing faint fine lines appear, they do not warrant a facelift yet and there are loads of non-surgical facelift options that you can try with the proper guidance of a professional aesthetic expert.

It’s safe to say that anywhere from 35 to 40 years old can be an optimal range for a facelift. At this stage, you may have noticeable fine lines and wrinkles but you still have enough skin elasticity to heal and achieve subtle and natural-looking results. Based on our experience, patients from this age group tend to enjoy the benefits of their facelift longer as well.

Patients at a more senior age of 60 and older may have facelift procedures, too, although they would have to be in the pink of health during the assessment. During your initial consultation, Dr. McLean will discuss with you medical conditions or predispositions that may cause potential risks or complications with facelift surgery.

What Non-Surgical Facelift Options Do I Have?

Fortunately, there are are several non-surgical facelift alternatives that you can do when facelift surgery seems rather too soon or aggressive for your taste. Injectable cosmetic treatments are minimally invasive can produce almost the same results at a faster recovery rate and are highly recommended to younger patients. These include:

  • Botox
  • Juvederm
  • Belkyra
  • Platelet Rich Plasma

McLean Clinic

Contact McLean Clinic for more detailed information on our facelift plastic surgery and non-surgical facelift treatments. Dr. McLean and our friendly team will be more than happy to assist you in finding the best anti-ageing treatment plan for you.

Book a consultation now!

January 21, 2020
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