What is the best age for a facelift?
Nobody is ever too old to discover the fountain of youth. While it’s true people can have different life experiences that may affect their skin condition at any age, most people seek a facelift in later years starting at forty. If you have reached your grey years and have considered a facelift, don’t wait too long. As you get older, it becomes more difficult to achieve optimal results. Even men that seek advice before their 50’s and 60’s will experience the greater rewards. But let’s find out more about the variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face available at Avana Plastic Surgery.
Beauty can be found at any age, but sometimes you have to make it happen. It’s rare for a woman in her 30s to go under the knife, but a variety of non-surgical procedures are very common at that age. We recommend the following to refresh your appearance:
- Dermal fillers such as Restylane used to correct the natural volume loss that comes with age.
- Botox and Dysport injected into the face to alleviate the typical signs of aging and stress.
But once you hit your 40s, things start getting pretty serious. Then, you will need a facelift to achieve more dramatic and long-lasting results:
- A full facelift to correct flaws between the mid to lower face, tighten and redefine the neck, remove hanging jowls from the jawline, tighten up loose skin, and get rid of wrinkles and lines. This procedure is quite satisfying since the skin, tissue, and muscle are moved to a superior extent. A full facelift will take more time to perform and to recover from. The expected downtime is two weeks, and the results generally last up to 15 years.
- A mini facelift where only smaller incisions are used to remove excess fat, lift or trim excess skin, and lift muscle or tissue. The results for this procedure will last 5-10 years. Patients with significant skin laxity or sagging may need a full facelift. Recovery from this procedure is much quicker as only local anesthesia with an oral sedative is used.
Ask your surgeon if you are a good candidate
While the decision to undergo a facelift is personal, you should first consult your surgeon and ask for guidance. Some qualities your surgeon will consider include:
- Your overall health – All plastic surgery is serious therefore it helps to be in good physical health. The healthier you are, the quicker you will recover and the better the results. You must tell your surgeon in advance of any preexisting medical conditions. Base on your surgeon’s feedback, you will be able to figure out whether you need a facelift or non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
- Skin condition – Patients whose skin has retained elasticity and flexibility will benefit the most from a facelift. If you have sun-damaged skin or if you smoke, you should ask your doctor about how lifestyle factors may influence your ability to undergo cosmetic surgery.
- Underlying bone structure – If your underlying bone structure is aesthetically-balanced, the results will be optimal. For example, if you are not happy with how your nose or chin looks, you may consider undergoing nose surgery or chin surgery before a facelift.
- Set realistic expectations – A facelift should make you look ten years younger, but you will still look like yourself. In other words, surgery must be done for the right reasons, to look and feel your best.
- The age factor – There is no perfect age to undergo a facelift. However, most of our patients are between 40 and 70 years old.
Ready set go!
So now that you know about what a facelift entails, it’s time to take action. At the end of the day, only you can decide what’s best for you. Call us today, and we will help you make an informed decision. Even if you are on the fence about getting a full or mini facelift, talking to one of our talented surgeons will help you calm your concerns and set you on the right path to a safe and successful facelift that yields optimal results.