At What Age Should You Seek Facelift?
Many patients seek facelift to address signs of aging that form on the lower face and neck. In addition to minimizing the lines and wrinkles around the mouth, this surgery removes excess skin and fat along the neck and chin to restore a smoother appearance and more defined jawline.
When renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami meets with patients who are interested in facelift, they often ask at what point in life they should have the surgery performed. Here, Dr. Ghavami explains when it makes the most sense for you to pursue facelift.
Most Choose Facelift During Middle Age
Sun exposure, your skin care routine and genetics can all play a role in how quickly signs of aging appear on your face. For most people, significant wrinkles and sagging appear between the ages of 40 and 60. Accordingly, people in their fifties schedule the most facelift procedures. That is the point when you are likely to notice the effects of aging enough to warrant surgical intervention. Your skin is likely to still have some elasticity at this age, which makes it easier for Dr. Ghavami to achieve a smooth, youthful appearance.
The Neck Shows Our Age Before Other Areas
The area treated by facelift, particularly the neck, is often one of the first parts of the body to show signs of aging. Skin around your neck is thinner than skin that covers other parts of the body. It also has fewer oil glands, which means your skin loses its elasticity here more quickly. For that reason, you may consider facelift sooner than you would other rejuvenating surgeries.
Keep in mind that it is not necessary to wait until your face looks especially old to seek facelift. By having facelift when signs of aging are only mild to moderate, you can maintain a youthful appearance in the interim. Dr. Ghavami’s patients find they have an extra 10 years of youthfulness before lines and drooping skin reappear.
There Is No One “Correct” Age for Facelift
Although you may find it easier to have a surgeon tell you exactly when to schedule facelift, plastic surgery does not work that way. The right time for you to have facelift is when you want it. You may choose to wait until signs of aging are more dramatic. You may also choose to have it in your forties — before significant signs of aging have a chance to settle in. Both choices are valid.
You may even opt to have facelift more than once in your life. If you have facelift while signs of aging are still moderate, and then want to repeat the procedure a decade later to further rejuvenate the face, this is a possibility so long as you remain in good health and continue to be a good candidate for the surgery.
Discuss Facial Rejuvenation with Dr. Ghavami
If you have been considering facelift surgery, but have been unsure whether it is too soon, come have a conversation with Dr. Ghavami, the premier Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation, send us an email or call (310) 275-1959.