Advantages/Disadvantages of "Early" Facelift?
- Asked by lmarie123
- 1 year ago
I am 34 1/2 years old. Although I have a youthful face, I've started to notice marionette lines and the beginnings of jowls. I’ve tried fillers but they don’t correct the problem and make my face look heavy. I want to have a mini facelift and am wondering about advantages/disadvantages of having this procedure at my age? I prefer to take a preventative approach and address issues before they become too big. But will starting early make me look unnatural or create problems later? Thank you
Too young for facelift?
Marionette lines are not helped by facelift - fillers are best here - but jowls are considerably improved. There is no harm in having an 'early' facelift if definite and long-lasting improvements can be made. It may be repeated several years later without any added problems. As always, consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and make sure he or she is someone you feel comfortable with and will look after you in the long term. Good luck!
On the whole, I think you will find that most surgeons agree that a face lift performed early in the aging process is better than one performed on a patient with severe skin and drooping fat problems. Early intervention allows for more natural and longer lasting results.
That said, if you are having very early changes and want to look for some less invasive options that can act as a "bridge" to surgery and put things off a bit, we have found Ultherapy to be great in cases such as the one you describe.
One should not perform facelifts unless there is an indication with a combination of both Facial Atrophy with Skin Sagging. Obviously, one can correct facial atrophy or loss of early facial fat with fillers and/or fat before doing a facelift. There is really no advantage of doing an early facelift in your 30’s. However, today, doing a facelift in your early 50’s does give you enhanced longevity and one can enjoy the benefits of having facial rejuvenation from a “Lift & Fill” facelift. This also allows for a more natural, non-operated look.
Facelift at 35 with Early Jowls; Marionette Lines?
Jowling if significant is best treated with a facelift. Fillers or fat grafting works better with marionette lines or nasolabial folds.
Having a facelift performed early
34 is pretty young to be considering a facelift, but the good news is that there are a number of treatments you can do in the meantime to enhance your appearance. Liposuction of the neck and jowl area is a great option If someone has good elasticity of the skin. Which fillers have you tried for your marionette lines? Perlane and Restylane both work great for that area. Starting early will not necessarily pave the way for future problems, you just may not get the desired benefits from the procedure. But if you have what you describe as a youthful face, I do not believe you would get a benefit at this age. And having work performed when you do not need it would not be considered preventative. Photos would really be necessary to give you the best advice, but I would recommend treating the areas that bother you and waiting a little bit to have more invasive work performed. Thank you and I hope this helps!
- You should consider a second opinion if you are not getting the answers/results that you are expecting
- It is hard to advise you without pictures, maybe the injection were not done correctly
- A mini facelift would just help tighten a little skin, usually the jowl area
Facelift at 34 years
I think that 34 years of age is rather young for a facelift. Most of the signs of aging you are seeing are normal for your age and can be improved with non-invasive techniques like fillers. The disadvantages of having a facelift at your age are many. First, the risks (scaring/cosmetic imperfections, etc..) do not outweigh the benefits, considering that these can easily be treated non-invasively. Additionally, if you start now, by age 55 you'll probably have had 3 facelifts!
Web reference: http://www.drbustillo.com
Facelift or Midfacelift for Younger Patients / Marionette Lines
In cases like yours, a midfacelift (often called a minilift) can be a very effective way to address your concerns and provide a more youthful appearance. Performed properly, there should be essentially no detectable scarring, and in the future will not prevent you from having more work as you continue to get older.
Web reference: http://www.plasticsurgeryoftheface.com/pages/face.htm
Treatment of marionette lines
The appropriate treatment for marionette lines would be with filler. A facelift will not improve these lines. If you felt that fillers made your face look heavy, then consider another trial with a different injector, who will take the time to work on the lines. In terms of the jowls, please post a photo. Frequently mini-lifts produce mini-results at not so mini-cost!
Facelift in the 30s.
Although many would think a facelift in the thirties is too early, decisions about facial rejuvenation should be based on anatomy and aging more than a number. Some due to genetics and lifestyle choices age quicker than others and have the anatomic issues that can only be addressed with surgical procedures. Jowling in a mid-thirties or early forties patient would be a reason to consider a lower facelift. Marionette lines, while improved with tissue elevation, are better addressed with volume (fat or filler). The downside with choosing a facelift is that is does require you to accept the scars. Facelift scars done well are hard to see but they don't disappear. You must decide if your jowling bothers you enough to have the scars.
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