What age is the perfect age to get a facelift? The question is a little more complicated than you think. A facelift is a surgical procedure also known as a rhytidectomy, it’s used to improve sagging in the middle of the face, nasolabial folds (creases than run from the nose to the corner of the mouth), jowls, loose and excess skin under the neck (turkey neck), and more. Of course, getting a facelift at the right time-and in the right places-can have a critical effect on its results and longevity.
What to Consider
Every person is unique; and thanks to unique genetics and life experiences, everybody ages differently. If a person has a higher level of stress, their aging process tends to accelerate. Some people might have been given the gift of youth and look amazing at the age of 50. With these things in mind, it’s important to point out that there might not be a magic number for when to get a facelift.
When we Age
The first signs of aging start to appear around the late 30s and then accelerates as a person enters their 40s or 50s. Most people think that the most common age for getting a facelift is over the age of 65. However, thanks to new innovations in facelift techniques, younger and younger patients are getting facelifts. A 40-year-old getting a facelift 20 years ago would have been unheard of, but more complex, sophisticated procedures like the SLUPlift™ have led to more subtle, natural results in plastic surgery.
What Does Science Say?
There’s a new study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® medical journal that found that patients who get facelifts under the age of 50 actually have longer-lasting facelifts, more satisfying results, and less complications. This age group has also maintained the youthful effects of the facelift much better than patients older than the age of 50.
The study noted that while patients under 50 already had advanced signs of aging, they also still had enough skin elasticity to create favorable results for their facelift. Plus, getting a facelift early on might help curb the accelerated aging that happens once a patient hits 50.
One important takeaway from the study: Though newer innovations in skin rejuvenation offer alternatives to facelifts for patients under the age of 50, those patients might fare better by getting a facelift because it’s easier to maintain and more likely to last. Of course, older patients can still get facelifts and get amazing results, but the younger the patients, the less likely they were to have regression in their results.