What is the Best Age for A Facelift?
Age is a contributing factor in the process of deciding whether you’re right for a facelift. Depending on what type of facelift you’re having, the best age to have it can vary. Some surgeons will tell you that a facelift is indicated at age 50 or 55 because this is when your face starts to lose its elasticity and muscle tone. Others say that a facelift should be done early, as soon as people start to look older than they are. We’ll break down a few factors that could affect when a person should consider undergoing a facelift procedure.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that involves trimming away excess skin, reattaching skin to underlying muscles, and redistributing fat to achieve a naturally youthful shape and look to the face. There are numerous techniques, incision patterns, and complementary procedures to help personalize each patient’s facelift surgery to help them achieve the beautiful results they want.
What is the Best Age for A Facelift?
There are several factors involved in the best age for a facelift. Many people will choose to have this done at age 50 or 55 because they are starting to notice significant wrinkles or sagging skin. There’s no set time that makes a person well-qualified for a facelift as long as they’re healthy and in need of one. The following are some of the major factors that you need to consider to determine what is the best age for a facelift for you.
1. Skin Quality
Have you felt your skin feeling thinner or more loose recently? Have you switched to anti-aging skincare products that don’t seem to have the same potency they one had? If this is you, it may be time to consider a facelift to help tighten the complexion and get rid of wrinkles to take years off your appearance in a subtle yet noticeable way.
If you’re someone who’s always making wide, expressive movements with your face, this can lead to wear and tear on the delicate muscles in places like around the eyes and around the mouth. Over time, the tissue in the skin can actually break down, causing fine lines and wrinkles in those areas and others.
In addition, if you spend a lot of time outdoors without proper sun protection, the UV rays from the sun will break down the tissues in your skin, leading to wrinkles, age spots, and many other conditions. This can be prevented by regularly wearing a high-SPF broad spectrum sunscreen.
3. Degree of Change Desired
When you start to feel dissatisfied about your appearance, you can consider many minimally invasive or even non-invasive treatments to try to help refresh your appearance. A facelift is at the far end of the invasive spectrum, being the most effective way to take up to a decade off your appearance. However, if you just want to brighten your skin or even its tone, a non-invasive treatment like chemical peels or microneedling can help before you desire a full transformation.
If you are under 40 years of age, then having a facelift is likely not an option for you. For those over 40, the signs of aging are more likely to have progressed to the point where a facelift would be considered helpful.
The Best Time For Facelift
The best time for a facelift is different for everyone based on their current condition of skin and appearance, as well as overall health, desired change, and other factors that can all be discussed with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wendell Perry. During a consultation, he can evaluate the physical traits of your face and recommend a treatment plan that will get you the appearacnce you want.
Choosing to pursue facelift surgery is a big decision, and not one we take lightly. We make sure all our facelift patients are well-qualified for the procedure, making detailed measurements and observations as well as assessing each patient’s motivations for undergoing the procedure. Facelifts provide a life-changing effect on people, and we have helped many Miramar patients achieve beautiful results from this surgery. To learn more about whether a facelift is right for you at this time, don’t hesitate to call our office or contact us online today!