If Mid 30s is too Young for Midface Lift, then When is Good Time?

I am in my mid 30s and slender. I am noticing aging in my lips and lower face that is very upsetting to me. I have dimples (2-3 each side) in my lower face. I also have some acne&scarring. Family history of jowls. Fat transfer to my cheeks and fillers to folds have not helped issues. Also, fat transfer surgeon put fat in one of my dimples and now I have an annoying fat pocket. My new MD has recommended fillers and cortisol, but says its too soon for mid lift. I am so bothered by this. Options?

Doctor Answers 14

If Mid 30s is too Young for Midface Lift

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Age is rarely the right question for the appropriate timing for many procedures.  Concerning face lifting, in general, I like to be as conservative as possible with younger patient's.  However, genetics obviously play a role and if your primary issues are truly a lower midface/mild jowling issue then a slight minilift procedure may do the job quite nicely for you.  This can be down with a short scar technique around the ear, with minimal dissection, and somewhat minimal (10 days) of recovery.  It is a great maintenance procedure for younger women who don't need much work done but also don't want to wait until they "need" a facelift.  This can often and typically is combined with other procedures if textural issues exist such as acne scarring and you can also consider conservative laser procedures and chemical peels for improvement.  Hope that helps!

Scottsdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

If Mid 30s is too Young for Midface Lift, then When is Good Time?

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It would be better to have the chance to review your photos. It is really difficult to comment without a photo.  I routinely do midfacelifts on women and men in their late 30s and  early 40s. I also do mid face lifting on women and men in their 50s. These all depends on their requirements.  If it is appropriate  I do or add mid face lifting you the full face lifting. 

I hope this helps.

Ercan Karacaoglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Best age for a mini-lift

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Mini Facelift” is a generalized “catch all” term that can mean different things depending on the doctor you ask. This often makes the real definition difficult for a patient to pin down. It typically only addresses the skin. The, LiteLift™, however, addresses the deeper muscle layer providing the patient with a thorough, natural, long lasting result.
Who are the best candidates?Any healthy individual wishing to address the signs of laxity oraging in the lower face and neck. Anyone interested in a refreshed look. This can be from weight loss, genetics and family traits, or aging.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Appropriate Age for Mid-Facelift

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I likely will respectfully disagree with your surgeon who says that just because you are a certain age, you are not a reasonable candidate for a mid-face lift.  I routinely do midfacelifts on women in their late 30s/ early 40s, but only when appropriate.  You in fact may be best treated with the definitive surgical approach, rather than trying to get desired
results from fat injections and other conservative treatments.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Mini facelift in your thirties...

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Having a mini facelift in your thirties is a posibility if you are a candiate for the procedure.  Age is not a criteria for this procedure, but instead whether or not to do it depends on a person's anatomy.  It is particular helpful for a person with a droopy lower face, and the mini facelift can be done under local anesthesia.  For your lips, fillers like Juvederm or silicone can be used to reverse the aging effects.  Acne scarring is difficult to deal with, but the scarring can be excised during the same procedure and sutured  to be made less visible, or Fraxel laser can be performed.  It is OK to have these procedures in your thirties, but just keep in mind to keep things looking natural.  Consult your board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon to discuss your best options. 

Andrew Miller, MD
Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 222 reviews

I don't think mid face lifts work. try volumizing instead and the YoungVolumizer

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I don't like mid face lifts. I would consider the YoungVolumizer, the breakthrough incision face lift.  Look younger in a natural way. See our website to and learn about what we do.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Everyone ages differently

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The way the face ages is different in every individual. How your face ages is a results of a variety of things including your genetic anatomy and environmental factors. I would need to see pictures to give a more detailed answer about what option would be best for you.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Mini-Lift Expectations

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I agree, there is no right or wrong age for a mini lift.  In general, younger patients do well.  Sometimes there are other facial issues that result in early jowl formation and it is helpful to address those as well.  For example, in many of my patients that needed an early lift had weak jaws and implants performed in concert with the minilift.  Find someone who is well versed in all areas of facial rejuvenation for a consultation.  Good luck!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Mini facelifts are now getting more routine in the 30's than before.

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Mini facelifts work very nicely in the 30 something patients since their skin has good elasticity so they look more natural and they often just need the little pull that a minilift gives for around $6000-8500 and can be done under local anesthesia. Fillers supplement minilifts nicely.  Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

If Mid 30s is too Young for Midface Lift, then When is Good Time?

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I have performed Face Lifts, including the newest minimum incision version for over 20 years and IMHO there's just no way to evaluate you as a candidate for any type of lift without at least seeing photos of your face.  Historically, I can tell you that it's not impossible for a 30 year old face to show signs of jowling which is an indication for a face lift.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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