Gravity, sun exposure, lifestyle choices, and genetics all contribute to the breakdown of the skin, muscles, and tissues of your face, resulting in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Facelift surgery restores definition and a youthful appearance to an aging face. While you may assume that facelift surgery is only an option after the effects of aging have taken root, this isn’t always the case. Some men and women choose to undergo facelift surgery before the effects of time become overly noticeable.
Patients who are good candidates for facelift surgery are those in good general health that are beginning to notice:
- The heaviness of their skin
- Deep lines around the nose and mouth
- Loss of definition in the cheeks
- Banding on the neck
Facelift Surgery at Different Ages
Between 35 and 40
In recent years, the number of patients between the age of 35 and 40 has increased at a surprising rate. While still young, patients in this age group choose to undergo facelift surgery for many reasons. For some, it may be that their face has prematurely aged due to high levels of stress, prolonged sun exposure, or an unfortunate roll of the dice in the genetics department. Many are attempting to postpone the onset of visible aging with a less invasive procedure. Finally, the quality of their skin and the underlying tissues is still relatively good. They have elasticity and suppleness, which allows for faster healing, less scarring, and in some cases, better results.
Between 40 and 50
This is the most common age for patients to undergo facelift surgery. At this age, patients show more visible aging than those in their thirties while still maintaining skin, tissue, and muscle elasticity. The quality of results is generally high with patients in this age group, as they don’t require the same amount of correction as those who are older.
Between 50 and 65
Patients in this age group typically require more extensive correction. By this time, the loss of skin elasticity is more noticeable, which creates an additional, more challenging factor. That said, patients in this group not only achieve desirable results but generally have more of a transformation than those who choose facelift surgery at an earlier age.
In the end, there is no ideal age for a facelift because everyone ages at a different rate. The combination of genetics, stress, lifestyle choices, dedication to sun protection, and environmental factors either speeds up or slows down the aging process. This plays a much more vital role in your skin quality and tissue makeup than the number that corresponds with your age. A patient who is 35 may have the same skin quality as a patient who is in their 50s, and vice-versa. When it comes to facelift surgery, age is a guideline, not a rule.
If you are interested in learning more about facelift surgery, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi, contact his office at 703-287-8277.