Am I Too Young: What’s the Right Age for a Facelift?
A facelift can have a huge impact on your perceived age.
Patients who undergo facelifts rate themselves, on average, as looking 12 years younger.
The results are incredible, but how do you know if a facelift is right for you? One of the key metrics to determining a facelift’s success is when you get it done.
If you get it done too early, it may not last as long. However, if you’re getting it done too late, it may not be able to reverse as many visible signs of aging as you would like.
Today, we’re going to discuss the ideal age for a facelift, and what other procedures are available to you if you aren’t in the ideal age range.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that addresses various signs of aging on the face. It is generally performed by elevating the skin and tightening the deeper muscular layer of the face. This corrects sagging skin and fat along the jawline and neck and may elevate the cheeks. Wrinkles and lines can be improved as well. It is often combined with liposuction of fat under the chin and sometimes even a chin implant.
Typically, a facial plastic surgeon performs the facelift by making incisions along the hairline and around the ear. During the surgery, the skin is contoured to the face, and excess is removed. After recovery, most people see a dramatic improvement in their neck and jawline and cheek area.
What’s the Minimum Age for a Facelift?
There is no absolute minimum age for a facelift. Before considering facelift surgery the patient must have a significant amount of laxity in the skin for it to be worthwhile. Aging is a variable process and genetic variations in bone structure, skin laxity and lifestyle can affect how fast we age. It is rare to consider facelift surgery before the age of 35.
However, there are some people that have naturally saggy skin or premature signs of aging that makes a facelift in their 30s more appealing. Younger patients may require less extensive surgery with shorter scars or “mini lifts.”
There are also other options for skin rejuvenation treatments that will help minimize visible signs of aging. These options include:
· Fractional Skin Resurfacing, such as Forma Fractora or the Halo Hybrid Fractional laser
· Chemical Peel
· Lasers treatments for fine lines and wrinkles
All of these cosmetic treatments are much less invasive, and some can even be done over a lunch break, with minimal recovery time.
Ideal Age for a Facelift
Many doctors consider the ages of 45-55 the ideal facelift age category. Within this age range, the effects of this procedure are maximized and last for the longest time. Typically, you can expect a facelift to last for 10-12 years, especially when it’s maintained with other cosmetic facial rejuvenation treatments that keep the skin looking radiant.
Although generally plastic surgeons have the best results with patients aged 45-55, each situation is unique. Some people with naturally saggy skin or more visible jowls may get the results they’re looking for, even if they get a facelift at a younger age.
Ideally, patients should seek out a plastic surgeon to discuss a facelift when they start to notice the following signs of aging, regardless of what age they are:
· Sagging skin
· Loss of elasticity
· Deeper lines and wrinkles
When Am I Too Old for a Facelift?
There is no age that is too old for a facelift. As long as you are in good general health to withstand surgery, patients of almost any age can benefit.
Many plastic surgeons recommend that older patients treat the whole face by getting a brow lift or eyelid surgery at the same time as their facelift. This ensures that every area of the face is refreshed, and nothing looks out of place.
Finding the Right Clinic for a Facelift in Toronto
Everyone ages differently. The only way to ensure that you’re a good candidate for a facelift is to meet with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Toronto, and get an assessment from an expert. They’ll be able to evaluate your skin, bone structure, and other elements of your health that would impact your recovery from treatment. Then, they’ll be able to suggest a timeline for treating your visible signs of aging.
Dr. Richard Rival is a highly accomplished facial plastic surgeon with decades of experience in head and neck plastic surgery. He has served patients from all walks of life and is able to work with each individual patient to get the results that they’re looking for.
If you have questions about the right age for a facelift, give him a call to set up a personalized consultation.