32 years old with severe saggy skin. Is it time for a facelift? Do I have other options? (Photo)
Doctor Answers 13
Do I need a facelift?
There are many variations of face lifts, but basically it is a tightening of the loose skin of the neck and cheeks with repair of the loose neck muscle and softening of the jowls. Face lifts can be combined with other procedures such as eyelid lifts, brow lifts, chin implants, skin resurfacing and fat grafts. Typically, a combination of different procedures is customized for each patient. Of course, after surgery, maintenance is very important, which would include a good skin care program, Botox, fillers, peels, etc.
Facial rejuvenation needs to take in account the entire face and the desires of each patient. The goal is a more natural relaxed look, not an artificial or "pulled back" look. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient and even though the recovery is extended at 2-3 weeks, it is not a painful procedure. There is considerable bruising and swelling around the face and neck that takes time to resolve.
Based on the limited photos submitted, a facelift would be beneficial. It would also appear that the chin is receded and a chin implant or chin advancement procedure would be recommended. Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are typically on powerful anti-inflammatory medications that interfere with clotting and will need to be discontinued 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Substitute medications that don't thin the blood can be utilized during this time period.
Please see a board certified Plastic Surgeon who performs facial rejuvenation procedures frequently to determine your best course of action.
Exceptional case were a 32-year-old might benefit from a facelift.
32 years old with severe saggy skin. Is it time for a facelift? Do I have other options?
You might also like...
You have options...
Chin Implant to Lift Sagging Skin of the Neck
1) General health of the patient
2) Anatomy of neck
I hope that you noticed that I did not mention age as a criteria. We all age at different rates and some may require interventions at earlier ages.Before a patient could be candidate for a procedure , they have to be in great health to undergo surgery.
If a patient is in good health, then I look at the anatomy to guide my recommendations.When looking at your anatomy you have:
1) Excess fat in the neck
2) Excess skin in the neck
3) Poorly defined jawline or weak chin
In reviewing your pictures, I believe you would benefit from a chin implant. A chin implant would lift the neck skin and help define your jawline.
I hope this helps.
Options for sagging skin in the neck and a weak chin profile
32 years old with severe saggy skin. Is it time for a facelift?
32 Year Old with Sagging Skin
Facelift at 32.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.