Are mid-face lifts recommended for young patients?

I'm only 33 yo, and I know it's a bit early to think about surgical rejuvenation options, but I've seen some amazing results on one of my colleagues from work who had a mid-face lift just recently. Even thought I'm relatively young, I've always looked older than I am. I would've never thought about surgery before seeing the results in person. Do you think that a doctor would agree to perform this surgery on someone in their 30s?


F, 35, Ohio

Tags:woman age 25-34 midface lift

Basically, people of any age can benefit from a mid-facelift. Considering your age, (and I assume that you are in good health) you would probably make a faster recovery. A facelift is no different than any other cosmetic procedure you might want. Facelifts are not just for the elderly. If you're wowed by the improvements that your colleague experienced, I encourage you to go for a consultation at the place that did her's and when you go in, let them know exactly what you found impressive and worth emulating about your colleague's transformation. Facelifts can indeed change the shape of your face by tightening everything up. You're not the first 33-year-old to opt for ""preventative measures"" against aging.

You see it all the time, 25 year olds whose lower face looks weathered and in need of facial rejuvenation. At the same time, there are 60 year old that look so good that you'd swear they got a facelift surgery, but they haven't. Skin elasticity varies across the board. It relates to stress and lifestyle just as much as genetics and physical age. If you've got the time and resources, steps taken to improve your appearance are worth exploring. I wish I'd have started sooner, myself.

Being very honest, yes a plastic surgeon would perform the surgery on a teenager if they had the money to pay for it (with parent permission of course). In larger American cities like New York and LA, its not uncommon for people to have undergone cosmetic surgery by the time they are 30 (I don't know what the average age is exactly, I'm just speaking from personal experience). The type of surgery a doctor would suggest varies depending on who will be doing the procedure. For younger patients, the results will not appear to make that much of a difference unless you have significant skin sagging. Surgical procedures are not always the option that will do the most good for you. There are a lot of nonsurgical options that work better for young patients. Acupuncture is an option for people who want to tighten their facial muscles. Ultherapy is a procedure that uses the heat of ultrasound energy to tighten muscles and helps people to get rid of their wrinkles. This therapy does take about three to four months for you to see visible results. Laser treatment is also another option for people who do not have deep wrinkles or sagging skin.

One thing that is important to emphasize is that facelifts are generally for excess skin. If you don't have areas that sag on your face, a mid-face lift will not have much of an impact. Some plastic surgeons stick to a very old school piece of advice when it comes to patient requests for plastic surgery. The advice is that women in particular should not consider having their first tummy tuck if they still expect to have kids. The same goes for women and face lifts. Many surgeons do not recommend a face lift for women until they have hit menopause. These pieces of advice are just suggestions and are not rules that the majority of surgeons follow. For younger patients, the surgery will be a waste of money if there is not a significant amount of skin sagging.

It'll probably depend on the plastic surgeon. I do know that some surgeons specialize in different age ranges. However, mid-face lifts are normally recommended for people in their 30's, 40's, and 50's, so you can probably find a doctor who specializes in younger patients. I'm a bit older than you at 37, and my surgeon still commented on me being a bit young for a full mid-face lift procedure. She discussed the possibility of just using fillers instead of doing a mid-face lift, and mentioned that younger patients normally just go for fillers because they still get impressive results. Despite not being very old yet, I still decided that I wanted a mid-face lift because my cheek area was already sagging so much. My facial plastic surgeon actually said that my recovery time was a bit quicker because I was young and healthy, so there might actually be some advantages to getting surgery at a younger age.

At 32, I began to notice folds and wrinkles developing on my face. I figured if I did something about this early, I could stop the process before it got out of control. My doctor said that because I didn't have a substantial amount of skin laxity, it wouldn't make sense to have the procedure. I was told that I should wait until I start to see a substantial amount of changes. Apparently, having a lot of unnecessary surgery at young age may cause you to look overdone. My doctor also said that the more surgery you have, the greater the chance of experiencing complications. Now, my doctor really wasn't that concerned about my age. The decision to explore alternatives to a midface lift was based on how my face looked during my consultation.

Instead of having a facelift, my doctor suggested less invasive procedures like Botox or filler. I decided on fillers. The fillers were able to fill my wrinkles and creases. I was happy with the results and happy that I didn't have to undergo an invasive procedure.