What is the best age to start considering a facelift?
My 49th birthday is coming up and I will be considering a facelift as a gift for myself. What is the best age range to get a facelift? There must be some type of formula for how long it takes gravity to grab hold of your face. It is most likely different for everyone but there must be some commonalities.
The age to consider getting a facelift truly varies from patient to patient. Patients as young as there mid to late 30s can be good candidates for short scar facelift procedures, even though they generally have mild skin laxity and facial soft tissue descent.
As the face ages, 3 primary changes occur: soft tissues descend, volume is lost, and the ligaments that hold facial structures taught become lax causing expansion of tissues from the center of the face out into the periphery. Genetics, existing support from the underlying bone, and environment (i.e. the amount of sun damage) all influence precisely at what age these changes occur to the degree that surgical intervention is most beneficial.
In my experience, patients in their late 40s and early 50s start becoming excellent candidates for full face and neck lifting. While injectables like Botox and fillers can help camouflage the aging process to a degree, there is no substitute to what well-planned and meticulous facial surgery can accomplish.
Sammy Sinno has 2 Facelift before & afters: