What Is The Best Age For Facelift Surgery?

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Facelift is a cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedure that corrects and enhances various visible signs of ageing in the face and neck. The surgery can improve the appearance of the face, including the lower face around the jowls and neck. It is not uncommon to do a full face rejuvenation by combining a facelift with other procedures like blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), a neck lift, and skin resurfacing treatments. There are several misconceptions surrounding facelifts such as not being “old enough” or that facelifts will cause a pulled back, stretched look. To help bring some light to these longstanding misbeliefs, we consider the golden question: What is the best age for a facelift?

Facelift Surgery

When people hear facelift, they are quickly reminded of alarmingly unnatural, defective looking facial features. That is far from the truth for cases where the facelift surgery is performed by a qualified, skilled facial cosmetic plastic surgeon. In fact, facelift surgery can dramatically improve your appearance and make you look years younger. When you are exploring facial rejuvenation options, it is critical to have your operation performed by a facial cosmetic plastic surgeon for beautiful, aesthetically pleasing results. Cosmetic facial plastic surgeons are experienced in procedures in the face, head, neck, and ears, which are carefully analyzed by their skillful eye to best determine the ideal approach for customizing facelift techniques to produce the desired results for their patients.

Common Factors

There is no magic number when it comes to facelift surgery. Deciding on facelift surgery is heavily dependent on how you feel about yourself in your age category. On average, you should be between the age of 35 and 65 for facelift surgery, with the optimal age at around 45 to 50. The goal with facelift procedures is to preserve and maintain the face, so the sooner the signs of aging are addressed, the better and more enduring the results can be. This is because older patients with significant ageing in the face can end up with extremely noticeable results, which is not always desired by most people who are 60 or older. Let’s look at some of the common factors that are taken into consideration when surgeons analyse potential facelift patients.

Loss Of Volume

The loss of volume in the skin is one of the first signs of aging. Patients who experience volume loss can restore the appearance of fullness in the face with dermal filler injections, fat grafting, or by removing the excess skin because of the loss in volume. Volume loss increases with age with visible hollowness that appears around the eyes, cheeks, temples of the forehead, and neck.

Genetics

Genetics play a huge role in the way we age. Certain skin types age much easier, such as fair skinned people who develop fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation much easier than people with the average ethnic skin type. Ethnic skin types such as Asian or Hispanic tends to be oilier. Therefore, people of those ethnicities experience delayed symptoms of the aging process because of the extra hydration and lubrication that they naturally produce in their skin. African Americans tend to age very well, but they are more prone to hyperpigmentation and increased scarring.

*Disclaimer: Similar and/or permanent results are not guaranteed based on the treatment/procedure and may vary from patient to patient, based on multiple factors, including genetics and lifestyle of each patient.*

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Age

Your age is one of the main decision factors when it comes to qualifying for a facelift procedure. Cosmetic plastic surgeons typically do not like to perform facelifts on patients under the age of 30 to 35.

Skin Quality

Skin quality analysis help surgeons determine the nature of the tissue, how the skin looks, and the extent of sagginess in the skin. Scrupulous assessment of the skin is critical in developing the best approach in facelift surgery.

Lifestyle Factors

Lifestyle plays a huge role in how we age. Discussing details of your lifestyle with your surgeon helps communicate the changes that have occurred in your skin and helps forecast how you will age for the years after facelift surgery. Lifestyle factors that are considered include smoking, excessive drinking, occupational performance requirements, environmental exposure to pollution, and other hazardous substances that can accelerate the ageing process. It is very important for patients to avoid smoking and drinking excess amounts of alcohol, to maintain a balanced diet and exercise plan, and to get an adequate amount of sleep.

Aesthetic Goals

The results of facelift surgery should be communicated clearly very early on with your surgeon so that the expectations are thoroughly understood on both ends of the discussion. Your plastic surgeon is responsible for providing you with comprehensive information the procedure, downtime, possible scarring from the operation, risks, and pre- and post op initiatives that can help with the whole process of getting a facelift.

Facelift procedures should last for a lifetime, especially for patients above the age of 50. The question isn’t what is the best age for a facelift, but rather, what is the best age for YOU as an individual based on some of the factors we discussed in this article. If you are interested in facelift surgery, contacting our office for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Torgerson would be the first step in finding out if you are an ideal candidate for face and neck rejuvenation.

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