When Is the Best Time for Facelift?
Submitted by Dr. Joyesh Raj on Fri 12/28/2018 - 09:00
Timing is critical to achieving a satisfying result from facelift. However, the notion that there is an “ideal age” at which to have facelift is wrong; in reality age is less of a factor than you may assume. Read on as Dr. Joyesh Raj discusses how to time facelift surgery appropriately.
It Depends on You and Your Anatomy
When evaluating you for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Raj is less concerned with your age and more focused on your anatomy and your expectations of treatment. He may recommend you for facelift — regardless of your age — if you are bothered by any of the following problem:
- Skin and tissue laxity (or overall poor definition) in the lower face or neck
- Muscle bands on the neck
- Deep creases around the nose and mouth
- Significant volume loss
- Other gravitational changes
These changes can occur at different ages in different patients, based on genetics as well as environmental and lifestyle factors. If you inherited heavy jowls from one of your parents, you might benefit from facelift at a younger age than someone who is not genetically prone to jowls.
Non-Surgical Treatments May Delay the Need for Facelift
If you are just starting to see visible signs of aging, you may not need surgical correction to attain the youthful appearance you desire. Minimally invasive treatments might be able to give you the results you want.
For example, Botox injections can soften fine lines and wrinkles, filler injections can replenish lost volume and laser resurfacing can improve the overall tone and texture of the facial skin. When performed by a qualified provider, these non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments may help delay the need for facelift or other surgical solutions.
But at a certain point (i.e., when your skin is significantly loose or saggy), you will not see optimal or sustainable results from minimally invasive treatments. You may desire more comprehensive or permanent correction of volume loss or wrinkles, and a surgical solution might make more sense. Dr. Raj will help steer you toward the right option depending on your specific age-related concerns and treatment goals.