When is a facelift appropriate?

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Despite the fact that dermal fillers and Botox are equally effective as non-invasive face rejuvenation techniques, facelifts are more popular because of their longer lasting results. Unlike other procedures which only alter facial features, this procedure also tightens the neck for an overall youthful look.

If you are considering one then you need to consider if it is the right time for it. While there is no magical number or age for a full or mini facelift, you have to understand that every person is unique – how rapidly or slowly you age will have an effect on the results of the procedure and should have an impact on your decision to have it performed. The surgeon you choose should have considerable experience in the procedure as well.

The best age for a mini facelift

A mini facelift is usually best for people who are between 30 to 40 years of age. It is completely non-invasive just like the full version and the main goal is to provide a younger appearance. The mini facelift is ideal for those who wish to make early signs of aging disappear but the overall effects can be limited compared to a full facelift. It is also perfect for those who have lost some elasticity in their skin such as loss of fat in their cheeks. Since each person is different, some people might find this procedure more beneficial than others. However, this does not mean that you cannot undergo this treatment in your 20s to treat extreme signs of aging.

The best age for a full facelift

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, younger people have more chances of getting the best results if they undergo a full facelift to treat premature aging signs. As the name implies, this facelift can provide longer lasting results and a more dramatic look compared to the mini variety. However, it is more effective on patients who have it done before they turn 50 years old.

However, before undergoing a full facelift, consult with a board ceritified plastic surgeon first. Dr. Polous for instance, meets with each prospective patient personally to assess their situation and needs before prescribing one of the abovementioned facelifts. This includes examining patients pre and post surgery thoroughly to ensure they receive the results they are looking for. Call today to book an appointment. Time waits for nobody and those frown lines may get deeper as it passes.