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What’s the Best Age for a Facelift? Isn’t Younger Better?

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There are all sorts of myths and misconceptions about what the “perfect” age is to start thinking about a facelift. The truth is that there are so many different variables that come into play, so there really isn’t one magic number to hit before talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon about getting a facelift.

If you’re bothered by the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin and feel that your quality of life would improve with some type of facial rejuvenation treatment, use this guide to help you decide if now could be the best age for your facelift.

When to Consider a Facelift

The best candidates for a facelift will have some considerable signs of aging that are, for the most part, beyond the scope of nonsurgical treatments like injectables and others. You should also be in good physical health if you’re thinking about getting any surgical procedure.

It’s also worth noting that women and men tend to age differently, so the best time for your procedure will depend on your unique skin characteristics and concerns. Women typically age more suddenly, usually in their 40s before and during menopause. Men, on the other hand, tend to age more gradually in their 40s, 50s and 60s. For this reason, many women in their 40s may be great candidates for a facelift, while men might be better off waiting until their 50s or 60s.

While you don’t necessary need a facelift at the first sign of sagging skin, you also don’t want to wait until your skin laxity has progressed so much that it will begin to affect the quality of your results.

The best way to tell if a facelift could be right for you is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and timeline.

Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation Options

If your plastic surgeon feels that you’re not quite ready for a facelift, or if you’d like to explore nonsurgical treatments before going the surgical route, you’ve got plenty of options. Just a few of the top nonsurgical facial rejuvenation options to consider are:

  • Injectables like fillers and BOTOX® can help to smooth away lines and wrinkles, and fillers can add volume to your cheeks and lips. Although these treatments provide temporary results, they can last for several months or more before fading away completely.
  • Laser skin treatments. Laser treatments can be excellent options if you’re looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, acne scars, redness and other skin imperfections.
  • Facial treatments. There are a number of facial treatments that can also help to smooth and brighten your complexion, including dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, facials and peels.
  • Professional-grade skin care. The right skin care products can go a long way towards rejuvenating your complexion. Talk with a reputable provider about the most appropriate professional-grade products for your skin type and needs.

All of these nonsurgical options can also make great complements to your facelift to help prolong your results and maintain healthy, glowing skin.

How to Decide Which Is Right for You?

If you’re still having trouble deciding if a facelift or nonsurgical facial treatment could be right for you, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in this area. After assessing your skin and understanding your goals, he or she should be able to create a customized treatment plan for you.


What’s the Best Age for a Facelift? Isn’t Younger Better?
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What’s the Best Age for a Facelift? Isn’t Younger Better?
What’s the best age for a facelift? Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta of Pacifica Center for Plastic Surgery in Camarillo explain.
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