What Age Should I Get A Facelift?



What Age Should I Get A Facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic plastic surgery that enhances and corrects visible aging signs in the face and neck. The procedure has the ability to correct the facial complexion as well as the area around the jowls and neck. Some patients opt for a full face rejuvenation by combining their facelift procedures with other surgeries such as eyelid surgery and various other skin resurfacing treatments. Facelifts are very commonly misunderstood and have misconceptions that surround them that pertain to being “old enough” or that facelifts will result in an unnatural, pulled back look. To help clear up this confusion, we will answer the following question: what is the best age to get a facelift?

What Age Should I Get A Facelift?

Facelifts can make a dramatic improvement in your appearance and take years off your face. When you are researching options for facial rejuvenation, you must make sure you have your procedure performed by a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon to ensure you will have natural and beautifully aesthetic results. Plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetically enhancing the face can carefully assess, analyze, and use a skilful eye to determine the best approach and utilize surgical techniques to produce the most ideal results for their patients.

How Do I Know When The Time Is Right?
Facial aging can be a complex thing because aging occurs at different rates for different people. Because of this, there technically is no “best” age to get a facelift surgery. While one patient may look “older” than their actual age, while another may show aging signs later on in life. As a result, visible aging signs are more important to consider as opposed to chronological age when assessing a patient for their facelift candidacy.

Many factors such as ethnicity, genetics, lifestyle, sun exposure, environmental factors, and smoking habits can all play a role in accelerating or slowing aging signs on the face. Generally, patients who have prominent aging signs are more likely to get the most benefits from a facelift, while patients who have less aging signs may benefit most from smaller procedures such as Botox, Fillers and Injectables, or even a 3-Day Facelift.

Facelifts are surgical methods of removing loose, excess skin around the face and neck. It can also add some volume to hollowed out cheeks, remove fat from underneath the chin, and improve the appearance of “bands” on the neck that can form as a result of muscle laxity. People who exhibit these common aging signs are often great candidates for a facelift, regardless of their chronological age.

Deciding whether or not to get a facelift surgery is dependent on how you feel about your appearance in your age category. Generally, patients are between the ages of 35 and 65 for facelift surgery, with the optimal age sitting between 45 and 50. The goal of a facelift is to enhance and maintain the condition of your facial complexion and time is of the essence! The earlier that aging signs are addressed, the better the results can be. This is because older patients who have significant aging signs in the face can end up with very noticeable results post-surgery, which may not always be desired in patients who are over the age of 60. With this being said, here are some of the factors that surgeons take into consideration when assessing potential facelift patients.

  • Lifestyle. Our general lifestyle plays a large role in how we age. By giving your surgeon full context of how your skin has changed over time, it will give them a better understanding of how you will age for the years following your facelift. Factors that play a role in this include environmental exposure to pollution, smoking, overindulging in drinking, occupational performance requirements, and exposure to other hazardous substances that can speed up the aging process.
  • Age. Your age is a large deciding factor when it comes to your candidacy for a facelift. Usually, facelifts are not performed or recommended to patients under the age of 30 to 35.
  • Volume Loss. Volume loss is one of the very first signs of aging. Patients who experience volume loss can rejuvenate their complexion and improve fullness in the face with the use of dermal filler injections or by removing excess skin resulting from the lost volume. With age, hollowness will continue to increase especially around the eyes, forehead temples, cheeks, and neck.
  • Skin Quality. The assessment of your skin quality will allow surgeons to determine the extent of sagging in the skin and the nature of the tissue. This step is critical to determine which approach to take during the facelift surgery.
  • Aesthetics. It is very important for you and your surgeon to discuss what outcome you can expect from your facelift surgery so that expectations are deeply understood on both sides of the conversation. Your surgeon should be providing you with thorough information regarding the procedure, downtime, potential complications, risks, and steps that you can take pre- and post-op to ensure the facelift process goes as smoothly as possible.

Facelift surgeries should provide you with extremely long term results, especially for patients who are over the age of 50. It is important to understand that rather trying to determine the best age for a facelift, to consider what the best age for you is depending on the factors outlined above. If you are interested in facelift surgery and would like to learn more, book a private consultation in our office today so that we can help you determine if you are a candidate for this facial rejuvenation procedure.

March 29, 2019

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