What is the Best Age for a Facelift?
There’s no escaping the effects of natural aging and sun exposure. As we get older, the skin in our face will begin to sag and lose volume. Cosmetic injectables like neurotoxins (e.g. Botox, Dysport) and fillers (e.g. Juvederm, Restylane) can work wonders at reducing wrinkles and restoring a more youthful shape to the face. However, they can only do so much. A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that lifts and rebalances the sagging jowl and heaviness of the lower face and neck. In this post, we address a common question: What is the best age for a facelift?
The ideal age for a facelift can depend on many factors.
The optimal age for facelift surgery is different for each person. One key consideration that influences your timeline for a facelift is genetics. For example, people with genetically plump faces, prominent cheekbones and thicker collagen have an advantage over those of us with flattened cheekbones and thinner skin. Wrinkles are more evident and develop sooner when there is less structural support.
Lifestyle factors also play a large part in signs of aging. For example, a history of smoking accelerates the aging process in the face. Another influencer is sun exposure. Typically, the more fun in the sun without protection, the faster your face will show signs of aging. For a more comprehensive list of factors that affect premature aging of the face, which in turn affects the best age for a facelift, check out this article from Healthy and Natural World.
Facelifts are becoming more common at a younger age.
The common age for a facelift used to be in the 60s, but we’re seeing a shift to younger ages, now in the late 40s and 50s. Why is that?
There are several reasons for this. People at a younger age are typically healthier and better candidates for elective surgery, and you generally recover faster when younger. Another important consideration is that we tend to be in the prime of our career at this age range. Putting your best face forward is important, whether you are an executive in the boardroom, or involved in a community social or philanthropic event. At this age, our kids are increasingly independent, and we often have a more dynamic social life and want to look our best.
Furthermore, advances in surgical techniques allow us to treat early signs of aging. The new look after a facelift is a more natural transition, delivering results that are more like a refresh after a much-needed vacation! At the same time, you have preventative options for anti-aging, including skin care, botox and fillers.
Ultimately, the best age for a facelift is when you look in the mirror and are bothered by a tired, aged look and want to balance your facial appearance with your inner youthful glow. At Tannan Plastic Surgery, we can help you develop a surgical plan paired with a comprehensive skincare plan to maximize your facelift result.
The best age for a facelift is different for everyone.
The best age for a facelift is a very personal decision and it varies for each individual. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to find out if a facelift will address your areas of concern, and when would be the best time for a facelift for you. Wondering what the average cost of a facelift is or how long you need to be out of work? Our Plastic Surgery Cost Calculator can give you an idea of what to expect, and the Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Calculator can help you as you plan returning to light household activity versus more strenuous things like yoga and aerobics.
At Tannan Plastic Surgery, board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Tannan and her all-female team are here to help. When choosing your cosmetic surgeon, don’t just go with the lowest price. The best plastic cosmetic surgeon for you must be someone you can trust – someone who can relate to your needs as a woman. Come see us at Tannan Plastic Surgery in Brier Creek of Raleigh, a short drive away from Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Cary, Apex, Garner and surrounding areas.