There's no textbook answer to the best age for a surgical facelift. The decision is a personal choice based on your aesthetic goals and skin condition.
The best way to make this decision requires partnering with an experienced and reputable cosmetic surgeon specializing in facelifts, such as cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yaqub Baraki of Lansdowne Aesthetic Center, with offices in Leesburg and Ashburn, VA.
Here, Dr. Baraki breaks down the essentials about age and facelifts.
Things you can — and can’t — control
The best age to get a facelift requires balancing the forces that drive aging, aiming for a personal plateau that resets your appearance for the coming years.
Genetics is the key hurdle that everyone faces. You can apply sunscreen faithfully while following an excellent cleansing and moisturizing regimen, and it may have little effect if you’re predisposed genetically to age early.
It may help to compare yourself with a parent or other older relative for some indication of the changes you’ll face in the coming years.
Your face and neck typically are the first to show signs of aging because they’re among the most exposed areas on your body and focal points of presentation. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the most significant contributor to skin deterioration. Called photoaging, UV light triggers tanning as a protective factor.
Making the decision
The question is: When is the best moment to maximize these dramatic results? Your skin at 40 may show more signs of aging than a friend’s skin at age 50. Every case is different, so the best age for a facelift could come as early as your late 40s or early 50s.
When aging gracefully and blessed with great skin, waiting a decade until you’re in your 60s may be your best age, entering your golden years with a clean slate. At whichever age you choose, you press a reset button with a fresh appearance to face the future.
What to expect from a facelift
A facelift, medically known as a rhytidectomy, should not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop aging. However, it can dramatically minimize visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
- Jowls in the cheeks and jaw
- Loose skin and excess neck fat, sometimes called a "turkey neck."
The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to various factors, including thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, gravity, sun damage, smoking, and heredity and stress.
A procedure designed for you
Every facelift is a custom treatment designed around the needs of your face.
Call today or use this website to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations. We’re excited to help you find your best age, so book your appointment today.