Plastic surgery is mostly associated with older and middle-aged persons, but the fact is that people start aging at different rates, due to environmental factors, lifestyle, genetics, and more.
Because of this, there’s no universally perfect time to seek improvement for wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging.
The classic facelift, a go-to procedure for many patients who want to look more youthful, can be quite a drastic procedure, costing thousands of dollars and requiring an intensive surgery and recovery period.
Because of the preconceived notions some people have about the procedure, many prospective patients want to know the answer to this question: How young is too young for a facelift?
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a generic term that refers to a custom combination of procedures to rejuvenate the face by repositioning facial fat to fill in areas affected by volume loss, smoothing wrinkles, and tightening sagging skin.
Facelifts are highly customizable, and knowledgeable surgeons assess each patient and tailor the procedure according to the patient’s needs. Some procedures that may be combined include brow lift, mid-face/cheek lift, neck lift, blepharoplasty, and others.
“Mini” or “Weekend” lifts are less invasive facial rejuvenation procedures that produce less dramatic results, but require a shorter downtime. General requirements for a facelift procedure are general good health, apparent signs of aging, and realistic expectations.
Average Age of Facelift Patients
In the past, facelift patients tended to be older on average, at least 50 years of age. While this is still common, many patients now come in at a younger age, around 40-45.
This is because having the procedure early can head off more major signs of aging and slow the process down. There is no real recommended age at which to seek a facelift, since the aging process varies widely.
The best way to determine whether a facelift is a good choice for you is to meet with an expert facial plastic surgeon and discuss your options. He or she will have the knowledge to recommend treatments that will be most effective for you.
For Younger Patients
Facelift procedures are not recommended for people under the age of 35, but if you’re noticing early signs of aging, don’t despair. There are plenty of options for anti-aging available that are quite effective and can address a number of areas of the face. Here are some good options for people who might be a bit too young for a facelift procedure:
Ready to Take Your Next Step?
Whether you’re ready to take the plunge and start meeting with surgeons about a facelift, or you’re looking for something a little less invasive, you’ll want to find a skilled plastic surgeon to be your ally in your procedure. Your consultation with a potential surgeon will be extremely valuable, allowing you to ask questions, assess your candidacy, and get to know the surgeon. Choosing your surgeon carefully is important for maximizing your chances of a good result. In the Toronto area, board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey offers a wide range of anti-aging treatments and cosmetic surgeries to suit every need and budget, focusing on custom, natural results. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call Revesse at (416) 438-2499 today.