Can You Ever Be Too Young for a Facelift?
Facelifts are popular cosmetic procedures that can address a variety of concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. But many people who are considering the procedure may wonder when the right time may be to get a facelift, and whether or not it’s possible to actually be too young to opt for one. While there are a number of different factors that can play a role in this decision, ultimately, the answer should be based on your personal preferences and your specific needs and goals.
When Is the Right Time to Get a Facelift?
Men and women in their 40s may consider a facelift for different reasons than those in their 50s, 60s, or 70s considering the same procedure. Most commonly, people in their 40s may seek a facelift following significant weight loss or, in some cases, to help smooth the appearance of severe acne scarring (The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).
While signs of aging may also be a concern in your 40s, keep in mind that no matter when you get your facelift, a touch-up procedure will likely be necessary down the road in order to maintain the same smooth, youthful results. For this reason, some people choose to wait until wrinkles and sagging skin become more pronounced before considering a facelift, although in other instances, it may be more appropriate to schedule your procedure sooner.
Ultimately, the decision is dependent on your unique situation. If you’re unsure about whether or not a facelift may be the best solution for you, discuss your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon. He or she should be able to provide a thorough assessment of your needs, as well as design a surgical plan custom-tailored to help you meet your goals.
Can Other Procedures Be Combined with a Facelift?
If you’re considering a facelift to address a specific problem area, combining another facial procedure with your facelift may be the most effective option. Other plastic surgery procedures that can nicely complement a facelift include:
- Eyelid surgery. Also called blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is a procedure that can lift and tighten sagging or drooping eyelids, while also addressing excess fat deposits beneath the eye that can create a puffy appearance. Those with vision concerns due to drooping eyelids may also be excellent candidates for this procedure.
- Brow lift. A brow lift, or forehead lift, addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin in the brow area, which may include the wrinkles between the eyebrows and in the center of the forehead (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
- Neck lift. A neck lift can help to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin in the neck and chin areas. If jowls, muscle banding, or excess fat deposits under the chin and on the neck are concerns, a neck lift can offer a nice complement to your facelift (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
Taking the Next Step
As long as you are getting a facelift for the right reasons–meaning that you’re doing it for yourself and not for anyone else and that you have realistic expectations about your results–your age isn’t likely to be a major factor. Work closely with your plastic surgeon to help you determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure at your current stage of life.
Because a facelift is a delicate and detailed surgical procedure, it is equally important that you choose a skilled plastic surgeon with ample, current experience performing these types of procedures to help you get the highest quality results. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh and Wexford, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Heil has extensive experience performing facelifts, and has even been named as one of the top 10 percent of plastic surgeons in Pittsburgh.
If you’re ready to schedule your consultation, or for more information about your facelift options, please contact us at 724-264-3608 to take the next step toward loving your rejuvenated look.