What’s the Best Age for a Facelift?


Since the whole point of a face lift is to look younger, it makes sense that it’s thought of primarily as a surgery for older men and women. And yet, some people see great results from face lift surgery well before their retirement. What’s the best age to think about getting a facelift?

Aging through the Years

In general, facial aging first becomes visible in the late 20s or early 30s with fine lines and wrinkles.

The signs of age are progressive, so men and women will have varying appearance concerns that differ depending on their personal aging process.

• By your 40s: Sagging is visible through the upper and lower eyelids; existing fine lines deepen into true wrinkles. Nasolabial folds (laugh lines) become more pronounced as well. In this age bracket, it’s very common to consider choosing cosmetic surgery for career reasons to retain relevance in a competitive workforce.

• Through your 50s: By these years, changes in facial structure become more prominent. The

cheeks lose volume and the jawline begins to sag as jowls develop. More laxity may be visible

in the upper neck as well. Existing lines and wrinkles continue to deepen. One suggests that the best facelift results are seen in men and women who are under the age of 50.• In your 60s: Skin throughout the face and neck is visibly looser and sags; other signs of aging continue to look more pronounced.The right age for a facelift varies from patient to patient; there’s no one answer that’s right for everyone. The key is to find the right balance between advanced enough signs of aging to require surgery at all, while still retaining a good amount of skin elasticity for the best results.

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon