When is the right time to get a facelift surgery?

Basically, I've begun to feel that it's really time to get a facelift. I'm not happy with how my skin is aging but I'm also not that old yet. I just wonder if there's a better time to have a facelift - the real thing, the whole deal - so that it doesn't become something that has to be done again. I'm 48. I feel like I'm too young to be this unhappy with how my face has aged but maybe that's just something I need to live with and find other alternatives to dealing with until a later date? Does that make sense from your professional standpoint? Is there a "best" age to get a facelift to receive the maximum benefits of having it done? And where do I fit in that category in terms of my age (48)?

Edith298

F, 49, California

A facelift is recommended when there are signs of aging which are not adequately improved using non-invasive treatments( i.e., faciall sagging, jowling, neck bands). Of course, because a facelift is an elective procedure the patient also has to be ready for it. An age of 48 years is not too young, and it is better to operate earlier when the whole face is not sagging. It is also important to bear in mind that a facelift is not permanent and usually lasts 7-10 years. Many patients undergo more than facelift in their lifetime. Good luck!

A full facelift is usually an outpatient procedure Edith but you should not be alone after major surgery at least for 24 hours.   Be cautious when choosing your surgeon and do your research.   I would recommend choosing a plastic surgeon from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website (plastic surgery.org).  This will ensure that your surgeon has the proper training, AND if you do have surgery in an office setting, it will be a fully accredited and certified office setting for your safety.  Your surgeon should have privileges to perform the facelift in the office and in the hospital.  That decision is made based on your personal history, preference and the type of surgery.  There is no shortage of excellent options in New York.   You are at a perfect age for facelift because your skin is still young and you will look better now, but age well also!   After the surgery there are many non surgical ways to maintain the result....skin care, sun avoidance, infrared light treatments (skin tyte) and laser (HALO).  If you are smoking, stop!  Good luck to you.

Edith, 48 is not too early to get a facelift!

Surgery may be less aggressive and recovery quicker at your age. You will benefit from aging better over time and looking better now. Be sure to look for your plastic surgeon through the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website (plasticsurgery.org). This will ensure proper credentialing of your surgeon and their operative suite.  

 Hi, I have performed facelifts for over 30 years and have performed many minimally, invasive SMAS type facelifts. Following my facial beauty principles that I have developed over the past 30 years, women look the most feminine, youthful and attractive with heart shaped faces. Heart shaped faces have cheeks that are full and round in the front. Cheek augmentation with a dermal filler or using cheek implants for a permanent enhancement will create full, round cheeks that will feminize the entire face.

 If you have "jowls” these are sagging facial tissues and are the primary indication for some form of a SMAS facelift. The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured (not merely folded or suspended with threads or sutures that will not last). The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed.

My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane, cheek lift and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:

* very small incisions and no incisions extend or are placed within the hair.
* minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery ( several days instead of weeks or months with the more invasive type facelifts mentioned)
* can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without general anesthesia
* no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
* excess fat can be removed from the face and neck
* excess skin removed from the face an neck
* cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
* most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op
I combine facial shaping with every facelift procedure. When jowls are present, these should be done in concert and not alone or separately in order to create a naturally, more attractive face.

Hope this helps.

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