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The Right Age For a Facelift

Older woman on park benchTo eliminate the wrinkles and sagging skin that comes with aging, many people consider facelift surgery. A facelift restores a youthful, confident appearance, and unlike fillers and non-surgical treatments, a facelift offers permanent results.

Changes that result from a facelift are dramatic. The procedure essentially erases seven-to-10 years from your appearance. But when should you have the surgery? In your 40s when you're just starting to notice signs of aging? In your 50s when aging has advanced and you're still relatively healthy? Or in your 60s when your appearance may warrant a facelift, but your body might not be healthy enough for surgery?

The short answer is there's no "right" age for getting a facelift. Rather, there are several factors to consider when thinking about having a facelift.

Skin Elasticity

In your 50s and younger, your skin is more elastic and it's able to heal faster. Scarring may be less prominent if a facelift is done at an earlier age. Plus, you'll likely have more hair at a younger age that can cover any visible scarring behind the ears.

More Noticeable Results

A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that people who had facelifts at a younger age experienced greater satisfaction with the long-term results. In fact, the results were more noticeable among people who had surgery earlier instead of later.

Freezing the Clock

If you stop the aging process with a facelift at an earlier age, you'll essentially stop the hands of time. You'll look young for far longer than you would if you waited to have facelift surgery in your 60s or even 70s.

Illness and Aging

While it's certainly possible to have a facelift in your 60s or later — and many people do — chances are better that you'll develop a health condition later in life that could preclude surgery. If you're thinking about a facelift, you might consider having it sooner to avoid any possible health-related complications from surgery.

A facelift results in a younger, more vibrant appearance. Your eyes look brighter and wrinkles and lines vanish. It's a significant transformation and a permanent way to avoid the signs of aging.

To learn if a facelift is right for you, please schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons. We'll be discuss the merits of the surgery with you as well as the best timing for the procedure. Schedule an appointment by calling 650-562-6762 or using our online form.