What is the best age to get a Facelift?

Even though I’m only 47, my facial muscles have started to sag to the extent that I feel mega self-conscious about it every single day. Should I wait a few more years before getting a facelift or is it better to start early? Some of my acquaintances, who are all around my age, were told that they're too young for this type of facial rejuvenation procedure, but I think my situation is worse then theirs. I haven’t talked to a doctor yet but I’ll definitely schedule an appointment soon. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


F, 50, Virginia

Though it may not be the answer that you are looking for, the best age to obtain a facelift varies from person to person. Since each individual's body and hereditary traits cause each individual to age differently, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact age at which an individual should invest in this type of procedure. Other factors, such as sun exposure, skin elasticity, and even financial support, are also important considerations.

Most surgeons will have a computer program that will allow you a photo image of what you will be able to expect your face to look like if you undergo a facelift procedure. It can display the results of various procedures with the click of a mouse. This can help patients view what they may look like as they age and how a facelift can help slow the progression of wrinkles and deep facial lines.

In general, the results of a facelift will last from right to ten years. As a result, if you undergo this procedure too soon and don't maintain good health habits, you may find yourself needing another as you age. However, you don't want to invest in a facelift so late in life that you have increased health risks during surgery. Though second facelifts can be performed, even with better results than the first, financial consideration should also be taken. Most patients wait until they are in their sixties or seventies to undergo this procedure. However, this is a truly personal decision and does rely on underlying personal factors and lifestyle choices.

The most important thing to consider when it comes to getting a facelift is not your age, so much as whether or not you have specific changes in your face that are due to the aging process and can be corrected. There are many new non-surgical options that can correct many aging facial changes without needing a full facelift. Fillers such as Sculptra work to plump the cheeks and rejuvenate the mid-face. Botox can be used to reduce crow's Feet, fine lines, and rejuvenate the upper face.

Going through with a facelift is a personal decision that you should only make with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. The issues should mainly revolve around your specific facial aging and whether you are healthy enough to go through surgery. Your age should be a secondary factor in the decision.

Starting facial rejuvenation early rather than waiting until the facial features are drastically changing will increase your risk for the best results. For most people, the face begins to change in their late 30s and early 40s. As time goes by, deep facial lines begin to form. These are caused by a loss of facial volume and skin folds, which both lead to permanent skin changes that are very hard to correct. 

By taking action in your 40s and 50, you can be proactive before these skin changes have really started to take over. Having a facelift or even just volume enhancement done by fillers can help decrease or prevent these permanent changes.

Typically, people who are around the age of 50 have fewer health problems than those who are over 60, which also makes them better candidates for surgery. The recovery is easier and the chances of something going wrong decline with age. 

Having facial surgery done at a younger age will help you enjoy the benefits while you are still active out in the community or in your career. These procedures will give you joy for many years at a crucial period in your life.

It depends. There is no set age to get a facelift. The best age for someone to get a facelift will vary from patient to patient. No two people age the same way, as genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors play a large role. I have met 80 year old women who have flawless skin with little or no wrinkles and I've met 25 year olds with deep wrinkles. You should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon and see if you're ready for a facelift. 


I underwent facelift when 48 and i am glad for my decision. Even my surgeon at Forme clinic did recommend it was good time for it. If you feel you need it just go for it. Of course you will get advice from your surgeon what is best for you. That what are the consultations for (mine was luckily for free)

Honestly, I don't think you are too young to undergo the procedure. This is not a question that has a solid answer, especially because I don't know the depth of your wrinkles or exactly what you are trying to correct. I do think that if you are set on having the procedure, you can certainly do it now. Why waste time if you know what you want?