When pursuing facial rejuvenation, timing is important. Ideally, you should work with your best features and avoid over-correction to ensure completely natural, flattering results. Most people undergo cosmetic revitalization in stages, starting with minimally invasive treatments (like Botox and dermal fillers) before gradually moving on to surgical procedures. However, because the aging process is so highly individualized, it can be difficult to predict which treatments you’ll need and when you’ll need them. In the guide below, we’ll examine some of the factors that can indicate you’ve reached the right age for facelift surgery.
Facelift Surgery: How Young is Too Young?
Generally, we don’t recommend having a facelift before age 40. Younger patients usually don’t have a lot of excess skin or loose muscle tissue, so they can achieve excellent results with less invasive procedures. There are, of course, some exceptions to this rule: If you have a history of heavy smoking or sun exposure (both of which destroy collagen, a molecule that keeps the skin strong and supple) you may benefit from a facelift after age 35. Genetic factors and frequent yo-yo dieting can also lead to premature aging.
If you don’t smoke and you’ve always used sun protection, combining non-surgical treatments with a lower eyelid lift will probably be sufficient to rejuvenate your appearance. A lower eyelid lift reduces puffiness under the eyes, smoothing away the prominent eye bags that patients often start to notice in their mid-30s.
3 Signs You’re Ready For a Facelift
The only way to determine whether or not you’re ready for a facelift is to have a personal consultation. Some people retain excellent skin elasticity well into their 50s, while others develop more advanced signs of aging by their mid-40s. This variability means there’s no single “best age” for a facelift. Still, there are some guidelines you can use to assess your potential eligibility for this procedure. If you meet any of the following criteria, a facelift might be right for you:
1. You have visible jowls and a double chin.
Visible jowls and submental fullness occur due to a combination of sagging skin and the downward migration of facial fat pads. Facelift surgery can correct these issues by removing loose skin and restoring facial fat pads to a more youthful position.
2. You have loose, hanging neck skin.
The presence of loose neck skin that hangs in bands is a strong indicator of severe skin laxity. Full facelift surgery, which includes a neck lift, can restore the firmness of the neck and lower face region.
3. Injectable treatments are no longer capable of meeting your needs.
If you’ve noticed that injectable treatments aren’t working as well as they used to—leaving you with visible wrinkles or “droopy” features—then it’s probably time to consider surgery. Surgery creates much more dramatic, long-lasting results than most non-surgical treatments.
For most people, the ideal age to have a facelift is between 50-55. Patients in this age group are old enough to benefit fully from the advantages of surgery, but they’re still young enough to recover quickly. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other common age-related conditions can make surgery risky, so having a facelift as soon as it becomes necessary is often the safest approach. The results of one facelift can last for up to 15 years, so if you have a facelift at 55, you’ll still enjoy a more youthful look at age 65. Facelift surgery can also be revised after five years to maintain consistent results.
If you’re ready to explore your options for facial rejuvenation, contact The Grace Clinic to arrange a one-on-one consultation. We’ll be happy to help you develop a long-term aesthetic plan that will keep you looking and feeling refreshed.