I notice most people get their first lift at around age 60..but isn't that really too late? It seems the younger the better as the sagging and deep lines can be targeted early and prevent them from developing and getting worse. Do any surgeons find this to be true? Thanks!
Best Age for First Facelift?
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Best Age For Facelift
Thank you for your question. You are absolutely correct. Waiting until facial aging changes are severe will reduce your chances for the best result and starting facial rejuvenation procedures early is best for several reasons:
- Facial aging changes start to become noticeable in the late 30's for most people. As these changes progress through the 40's and 50's deep facial lines caused by skin folds and loss of facial volume from fat loss create permanent skin changes that are difficult to correct with a facelift alone. Taking action early, in your 40's or 50's by having a Facelift or Volume enhancement by Fillers or Fat will help prevent these permanent changes.
- Generally speaking, people in their 40's and 50's are more healthy with fewer medical issues than people over 60, and younger people are generally better candidates for elective surgery such as a Facelift and recover more easily.
- Younger people in their 40's and 50's today are typically more socially active and pursuing careers where looking fit and young, whether it is fair or not, is very important. Correcting facial aging changes in your 40"s or 50's will allow you to enjoy the results for many years at an important time in your life.
When I began my Plastic Surgery practice 30 years ago the average age of my Facelift patients was in the mid 60's. Today the average facelift patient is 50.
The most important factor is not really your age but whether or not you have facial aging changes which can be corrected with a Facelift.
Today there are so many new non surgical options that many facial aging changes can be corrected without the need for a Facelift. Fillers like Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse and Sculptra can plump the cheek and improve Nasal Labial Fold Lines and rejuvenate the mid face. Botox and Dysport can reduce Crow's Feet, Frown lines and Worry Lines to rejuvenate the upper face.
The lower face-Jowls- and Neck are still areas that usually require surgical Facelift and Neck Lift, but these changes tend to occur later than the mid face and upper face aging changes.
Having a Facelift is a very personal decision. It is a decision that you should make in consultation with an experienced reputable Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. The issue should be whether you have significant facial aging changes that can best be corrected with surgery, and whether you want to have the procedure and whether you are healthy enough to have the procedure. Your age is a secondary factor.
No Perfect Age for Facelift
At What Age to Get a Facelift
Unfortunately, there is no "textbook" answer for that. It really depends on the individual patient. Our faces age according to genetic and our environment. I have seen grandmothers with amazing skin and barely any wrinkles, while some women in their 30s look 50. For me, the goal is to perform the surgery safely and for my patients to be happy with the results.
The process requires me to analyze each individual, pinpoint what bothers them and realistically explain their surgical options. My recommendations can range from doing nothing to injectables to a complete facelift. Ultimately, the right age for any procedure is when you need it, when it can be done safely and when the results will provide the patient with an improved appearance that makes them happy.
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The degree of aging change in each person varies significantly. So while one person may still look young at 60, another person may look quite a bit older. This and the patient's desires are what I usually use to help patients decide the issue. However, with many years of experience, I believe most people benefit from a facelift at an earlier age (say 50ish rather than 60ish). That being said, I also believe the result is more dramatic at age 60 than at age 50. In the end, this all needs to be discuseed with your surgeon. A person is a candidate for a facelift or minilift at any point in time when they have significant aging changes, and this can occur at a variety of ages.
What Age is Best for a Facelift
During your #consultation, your skin texture and elasticity, as well as your underlying skin structure and your facial bone structure will be evaluated. Based on this evaluation, your board certified plastic surgeons will create a custom surgical plan, detailing specific techniques and recommendations to meet your goals. In doing so, he or she should be sure to have a full understanding of what results you expect.
If you are not a #candidate, your surgeon can make other suggestions to address your concerns and objectives.
Patients who desire facial rejuvenation that is affordable, quick, and effective should consider the Lite-lift™. Like the Life-Style™ facelift, this is a modified facelift that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. These procedures are not "Thread-lifts" or "String-lifts". We do not use the "barbed" sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The Lite-lift™ uses longer lasting techniques that are discussed below. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.
The best candidates for #LiteLift are patients 35-60 years old with early changes of the lower face and the neck. Older patients who cannot or do not wish to have a longer operation or general anesthetic can be improved with a Lite Lift™.
Lite Lift™ surgery is individualized for each patient. The best candidates for Lite Lift™ surgery have a face and neck line beginning to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is well defined and do not smoke.
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Best age for a facelift
Best Age for First Facelift
I have heard of preventative surgery, which I do not recommend. But, surgery at the early signs of aging can be right for many people. On the other hand, people shouldn't feel like it's "too late". Great plastic surgery will make people look fresher and younger. It will make them look like themselves. often patients tell me after a facelift that they look the way they feel.
The important thing is to find a plastic surgeon with excellent credentials, and consistently beautiful results. Look at many, many before and after photos and spend a lot of time researching your plastic surgeon. Find a plastic surgeon who listens to you and understands your goals.
Best Age for Facelift?
In the past 60+ was the age most sought a facelift. That is no longer true. Today most patients who seek a facelift are 40 + years old. However, if a patient has substantial loose skin of the face and or neck at a younger age, they can undergo a more limited variation of this procedure. Unfortunately, if a patient's skin elasticity has diminished too much during the aging process, he or she may get a significant improvement, but not an
ideal result, nor will it be as long lasting as in the patient with better elasticity.
You should consider a facelift when what they see in the mirror does not match what you feel on the inside, when you have a support structure in place to facilitate a comfortable recovery, when you are confident you are doing this for yourself and not to please
There is no "correct" age, and if you are not physically or emotionally ready for a facelift, there are non-invasive and less-invasive procedures to rejuvenate your face such as supervised skin care, chemical peels, injectable fillers or micro-fat grafts, microdermabrasion, skin-tightening procedures, and Dysport or Botox. They do not produce the same long lasting natural appearance that is can be achieved with a natural appearing artistically performed facelift by an expert experienced plastic surgeon.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
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