Should I Wait a Couple of More Years for Cosmetic Surgery?

What Age is Recommended for a Chin and Jowl Lift and at what age is a facelift recommnded for a chin and frown line lift?

I'm 43 years old and and about 5'8" and pretty slender. This is definitely a heriditary issue, Are there any dr.'s that are good but also not as expensive? I read somwhere that the sagging neck lift works better when you get older, but I have quite an insecurity about this now.

Any advice would be truly appreciated.I've always felt un attractive and was tormented by kids in school. Please. advice would really help, and again...finances are an issue, so what would be the best option for me? Thank you, Deenie

Doctor Answers 28

Age is not a criteria for facial rejuevination

You need a facelift when mirror on the wall tells you that you are ready.  Waiting just takes away the time you could have enjoyed your facelift, had you done it sooner.  However, quality facelifts will cost what they cost.  Looking for cheap deals are bad deals for the patient since they usually backfire.  There are no shortcuts to real thing.  Take a loan and invest in yourself and that may be best personal investment of all times.  Facelift is a serious business and should not be taken lightly.  Quality usually does not go on sale.    Find a reputable plastic surgeon and be willing to pay his price.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Age for facelift

Some of the best results are in younger patients. Your age has nothing to do with it. Your appearance does. This is a triple win. You will look better right now, not change your aging process, and set you up for a better second lift in 10 years if you want. Go ahead! A mini lift may do the job. Prices around $6,000.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Chin and Jowl Lift

Thank you for your question about improving your chin and frown lines.

  • Botox should help the frown lines and avoid the cost of surgery.
  • Research shows that face and neck lifts last longer and look better done before at 50. Cost varies by region. I would find the best Board Certified Plastic Surgeon you can find a reasonable distance from you. Manhattan tends to be very expensive - if you live there, look for a face lift surgeon in the suburbs. Hope this helps. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Age is not the only determining factor for facelift.

Dear Deenie - Age alone does not determine whether you need surgery or not. I would need to see photos to give you the best advice, but in general if you have early signs of aging a facelift may help.  

If finances are an issue you may consider some fillers and Botox as a temporary solution.   I would NOT go to a budget plastic surgeon.  Aesthetic surgery of the face is not an area to get the cheapest surgeon around.  On the other hand, with some searching you should be able to find a reasonably priced well trained experienced surgeon.  Good Luck

Mark A. Schusterman, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

When should i get a facelift?

This is a very good question.  This really becomes a personal issue. the longer you wait the more dramatic the difference.  Some patient do not want the facelift to be noticed by people.  In this case you would do it when signs of aging become noticable like jowls or neck bands with loose skin.  I tell my patient you will know when the time is right for you because the mirror is not your friend in this type of situation.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Age for surgery

It is not uncommon for women to seek face lift surgery in their 40‘s.  If you feel that you are ready for surgery and your surgeons feels that you are a good candidate , then there is no need to wait until you are in your 50’s or 60’s.  In fact the younger you are typically the nicer the result after surgery and you will enjoy the benefits while you are still young.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Face Lift

 I do not recommend waiting a couple of more years for a procedure for the reason you will get a better result.  The reason is that your skin responds better when it is younger.  The collagen and elastin are more vibrant.  A face/neck surgery looks more “natural” when done younger as there is less need to stretch the skin.  The additional elasticity of younger skin retains the “natural” look.  A facelift on severe damaged skin can look pulled, stretched, and very contrived and lacks a natural look and has that “plastic, artificial” look.  See a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and they will tell if you are a good candidate and what your expectations can be.  They may recommend a procedure now or in the future.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Facelift surgery - an important note about timing

In a study of thousands of patients who had a facelift, one comment stood out in the responses to questions. The vast majority of the patients consistently stated they were glad they decided to have their facelift. The more mature patients added an important feeling -'that they wish they would not have waited, and had their facelift earlier.'

Establishing a trusted relationship with a rejuvenation specialist, who can guide you regarding how your face is aging, is worth the effort. The best motivation for any rejuvenation procedures is to look your best at every age.


Edward Szachowicz, MD, PhD
Minneapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Neck and Jowel Concerns. Transitional Patients

The situation you describe is not unusual. Patients often find themselves wanting enhancement but not necessarily ready for a larger procedure. Fillers and Botox often fulfill the patients needs. Sometimes radiofrequency or laser will do a nice job too. While a facelift will certainly address your concerns, you might want to consider a simpler liposuction procedure which can also help to reduce or eliminate joweling when mild. That is certainly a lower cost option. An examination would clarify whether this is an appropriate choice for you. Seek a face to face opinion and see what the physician has to say. All the best

Richard W. Westreich, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

What is the Ideal Age to Consider 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

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