Too young for facelift?

Hi doctors. I has my zygomatic none and jaw reduced to make the face smaller. Unfortunately, my soft tissue no longer have the sculpted support it use to have. The upper portion of my face look narrow and no longer have the support of my cheekbones and the lower part looks heavy making me face

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Thank you for your question- there is no absolute age limit for a facelift.  Without photos it is very hard to determine what should be done as no patient is the same.  You may need skin tightening, or volume addition to get a more even appearance.  I recommend speaking with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for options.  All the best,

Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Facelift candidate

Thank you for your question.  It is difficult to give you options without more information such as photos, age and details of the procedures that you have had.  However, here are some general points to consider:

A surgical face lift provides the best contouring for someone with moderate or severe laxity. This procedure could include tightening your underlying musculature to give you a better contour and also removing the excess skin laxity. Together this allows for a much better face and neck contour. In some instances, some liposuction is also beneficial to reduce the submental fullness.

There are effective non-surgical options for you. I would recommend Ulthera if you are looking for something with no downtime, or Profound if you could tolerate some downtime. Ulthera is an ultrasound based energy that heats the underlying tissue and stimulates collagen in response. Profound is a radio frequency microneedling device that allows for the creation of Elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid and hence restores some of the lost elasticity in the face. It has more visible downtime with the possibility of some swelling and bruising that diminishes in about a weeks time.

I would visit with a board certified plastic surgeon who has the portfolio of non-surgical options in your area who can help explain the treatment options for you and the limitations of each option, both surgical and non-surgical.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Too Young for a Facelift

Dear too young for facelift.
Without pictures it is difficult to suggest a distinctive solution. Certainly talk into a board-certified plastic surgeon would give you some options. These may well include a partial or even full facelift combined with either fat injections or fillers. It appears that you need certainly some degree of volume replacement.
Good Luck to you

Stanley P. Gulin, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

What Age is Best for a Facelift

A person’s age is best guessed by the appearance of their face. If you feel that your face does not reflect how young you feel inside, you may be a candidate 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, individualized for each patient, 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 non-smoking patients 35-60 years old with early changes of the lower face and the neck. But whose skin has elasticity with well defined bone structure. Older patients who cannot or do not wish to have a longer operation or general anesthetic can be improved with a Lite Lift™.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Too young for a facelift

It's hard to give you an answer without seeing you, but younger patients can usually do very well with just fillers and Botox.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 202 reviews

Facelift age

There is no absolute age for facial rejuvenation surgery.  Indications center much more on tissue quality, facial structure, and genetic predisposition.  Can you post some photos to help guide us for specific recommendations?

Winfield Hartley, MD
Boulder Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Too young for facelift?

Hi, I have performed mnay facelifts over the past 30 years.  Following the beauty principles outlined in my book on face and body beauty, male faces look ruggedly handsome when there is angularity in the cheeks, chin and mandibular angles.  This can be accomplished with cheek implants, a chin implant and or dermal fillers.  

If you have "jowls" this is sagging facial tissues and an indication for some form of a facelift.  The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured. The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed.

My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:

•very small incisions
•minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery
•can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without anesthesia
•no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
•excess fat can be removed
•excess skin removed
•cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
•most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op

If the previous surgeries have decreased the cheek bone volume, cheek implants can be considered with or without a facelift.  I have performed many of these minimally, invasive, short-incision facelifts on patients in the late twenties and early thirties.

Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews



Thank you for your question.

It is difficult to determine as without an assessment. 

I'd recommend booking an appointment with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your concerns and to determine your options.  

Take care.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews


Depending on your particular situation, you may be candidate for a facelift regardless of your age.  If your prior surgeries have resulted in loss of pleasant facial contours and a lift would correct this, it may be something to consider.  

John Michael Thomassen, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Too young for facelift?

Hello joiedevivre143,
Thanks for your question.
It would be helpful if you could post some pictures to see your starting anatomy.
It is possible to reshape and lift your face with selective volume replacement.  If this is not enough, a properly performed facelift might be necessary.
Go see a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery to have them help you decide on the best path to take.
Good luck,
Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

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