What Is the Best Age to Have a Facelift?

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Our skin begins to break down as we age, developing wrinkles, lines, and sagginess. While this is a natural part of the aging process, some men and women want to turn back the clock. Facelift surgery at my plastic surgery practice in Staten Island rejuvenates the face and takes years off your appearance. By tightening saggy skin and smoothing out wrinkles, the procedure makes you look like a younger, more vibrant version of yourself. 

Although every patient ages at a different rate, patients often ask if there is a “best age” to have a facelift. We’ll address that question in this blog post and explore what a facelift could do for you across the decades.

What are the benefits of a facelift at different ages?

First, to answer the original question: There’s no single “best” age for facelift surgery. Each age group enjoys different benefits from the procedure, depending on their own skin laxity and sagging. If you’re somewhere between your 40s and 70s, here is what you can expect from treatment.

The 40s

After using nonsurgical treatments in your 20s and 30s, you may be ready for a long-term solution in your 40s. This decade is a popular time to remove wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and midface. You may be a candidate for a mini facelift instead of a full facelift if you want to lift sagging skin upward gently. Skin elasticity is better in your 40s, so you can usually enjoy beautiful results and a smoother healing process. 

The 50s

As the aging process starts to accelerate, you may struggle with the loss of facial volume. Many static wrinkles begin to form and can be seen even when you’re not making a facial expression. Facelift surgery can help plump up sagging cheeks and lift muscles that have migrated downward. Sagging around the neck and jawline can also be treated with a neck lift.

The 60s

Skin elasticity has sharply declined, and static wrinkles are abundant across the face. Facelift surgery directly solves these issues by tightening tissues and smoothing out the skin. Eyelid surgery may also help remove hooded lids and open up the eyes, helping you look more awake and alert. A full, traditional facelift is typically needed if you’re in this age group. 

The 70s and beyond

As skin sags and tissues droop, you may struggle with a square-faced appearance. Facelift surgery can remove excess skin, contour the jawline, and restore a more “oval” face shape. Deep wrinkles and hollow cheeks can also be addressed during treatment. While the healing process may be slightly longer at this age, your transformation will create truly noticeable improvements. 

How can I tell if I’m ready for a facelift?

Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is always a personal decision. Every person ages at their own pace, so their needs may be slightly different. Those who smoke, drink, or have significant sun damage may see their skin age faster. But there are a few common signs that you may be ready for a surgical anti-aging solution. 

Facelift surgery could be right for you if:

  • You have loose, saggy skin around the cheeks or jawline.
  • You have deep, permanent wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, or forehead.
  • You have tried nonsurgical treatments, but they have fallen short.
  • You’re looking for a long-term solution to keep your face looking fresh.

If you’d like to learn more about facelift surgery, request a consultation at our plastic surgery practice in Staten Island. You can also contact our practice office by phone at (718) 720-9400.

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