When Should I Get A Facelift?
If you are in your 40s or 50s and have begun to notice fine lines and creases manifest as sagging skin or lost facial fat, a facelift could be necessary to delay further signs of aging and reduce the need for more drastic surgeries.
Am I too Young or too Old For a Facelift?
No specific age should be set as the target age for a facelift; patients are encouraged to undergo this surgery when their facial features start showing signs of aging and non-surgical treatments no longer provide the desired results. This often occurs between the 40s, 50s, or 60s as it helps tackle deeper lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that become more evident as we age.
Younger individuals may find it troubling to witness facial features changing over time and find products and treatments to address these changes without leaving them appearing “done.” Facelifts are among the most effective cosmetic procedures for treating facial volume loss, sagging skin, and deep lines and wrinkles – potentially turning back the clock by several years for some patients.
A traditional facelift involves making incisions in front and behind each ear and tightening skin and muscles to redefine neck and jawline contours. This surgical process may be combined with other cosmetic treatments such as CO2 laser resurfacing for textural issues, SmartLipo to reduce fat tissue accumulation, or neck lift to address early aging of jowls and marionette lines.
Age does not necessarily determine when a facelift should become viable as an option; to decide that for yourself, consult with an experienced plastic surgeon who understands that each patient ages at different rates due to lifestyle habits, genetics, and facial bone structure.
To know whether a facelift is right for you, schedule an in-office consultation with your preferred plastic surgeon – while be sure to ask about board certification and extensive experience performing cosmetic surgeries like facelifts!
Most patients seeking a facelift in their 40s and 50s have already seen signs that their faces have started to sag and lose elasticity, and seeking one now may provide natural, long-lasting results that prevent deeper lines and wrinkles later.
Around age 70, even those with healthy genes begin to show the first signs of aging – with jowls and loose skin becoming apparent. Facelift surgery may be the ideal choice when this occurs to address more advanced signs of aging and provide long-lasting results of up to 20 years. But if signs of aging concern you earlier in life, speak to your surgeon about less invasive treatment options that could produce similar results before leaping surgery.
Will a Facelift Address My Concerns?
Facelift surgery can make a dramatic impactful statement about someone in their 40s or 50s, especially as fine lines and wrinkles have started to form deep folds with sagging skin that are harder to treat with non-invasive techniques.
Due to weight loss, genetics, or unfavorable bone structures in their facial region, even younger individuals may require a facelift to restore youthful contours to their faces and necks. A facelift can restore these youthful features.
Be mindful that facelifts are not permanent solutions; in most cases, a well-done facelift should last 10-15 years before being redone. You can prolong its results through proper skincare maintenance and additional procedures like neck lifts or eyelid surgery.
An effective way to determine whether a facelift is right for you is to speak with an experienced, double-board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Hershcovitch, who has experience performing these procedures. A good doctor like him will listen carefully to each patient’s concerns and goals and suggest the most suitable procedure, understanding that each face is unique and may require specific techniques to attain desired results.
When Can i Go Back To Normal?
At our practice, we have worked with patients of all ages – those in their 40s through those in their 80s – who have decided that a facelift is right for them. We suggest this procedure when you see signs of aging becoming more apparent or when non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments no longer produce satisfactory results.
Facelifts can address many concerns, from sagging skin and deep lines and wrinkles around the jowls and jawline to helping restore youthful features that often diminish with age. A facelift may help restore more youthful shapes to necks and jawlines as we age.
One week post-surgery, any bruising and swelling should have subsided significantly. You should still sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling and promote healing, but you can usually resume other activities at this point.
As soon as your surgery is over, incision marks on your face and neck will fade. Most people won’t even know that you had cosmetic surgery if you choose an experienced surgeon such as Dominic Karolak, with many positive independent reviews.