What Is the Best Age for a Facelift?

Nov 14, 2022
What Is the Best Age for a Facelift?
Getting a facelift means fewer wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin. While a facelift is highly effective, you may want to wait until the right time to get one. Read on to learn more.

facelift rejuvenates your appearance by pulling your skin upward, rearranging the underlying tissue and fat, and trimming the excess skin. It’s no wonder they’re in the top five cosmetic surgeries, with over 230,000 people opting for one in 2020 alone.

Facelifts eliminate or minimize unfavorable features like jowls and marionette lines. By adding other procedures to your treatment plan, like blepharoplasty or a neck lift, the list of benefits grows. You can lift hooded eyelids and eliminate a turkey neck for a more cohesive final result. 

John P. Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, works closely with you to decide when to get a facelift at his Katy, Texas, private practice. He might advise you to wait if your skin still has a lot of elasticity, and there are noninvasive procedures that give you similar results that you can try first. 

When to start considering a facelift

Many people are interested in facelifts because they offer a more youthful appearance. You might initially research the procedure when you start to notice age-related changes, especially related to skin laxity. 

If you feel like your skin is sagging, or it appears more wrinkled, it may be worth coming into Dr. Freeman’s office to discuss your options. Even if you’re not yet ready to commit to a full facelift, a mid-facelift or lower facelift might be a better fit.

The features a facelift can address

You probably have specific facial features of concern. Among the features a facelift can improve are:

  • Jowls and other sagging
  • Hollow cheeks
  • An uneven jawline
  • Wrinkles and folds

Dr. Freeman can discuss adding other procedures to your care plan depending on your goals. 

Is there a particular age range appropriate for facelifts?

Generally, the best time to get a facelift is sometime between your 40s and 60s. In this range, your skin probably still has moderate elasticity that helps you maintain visible and long-lasting results. 

There’s no age restriction on getting a facelift, but if your skin has too much laxity, the facelift is more complex and involves a longer recovery. Plus, the results often don’t look as natural. 

Is it possible to be too young for a facelift?

More people are opting for early facelifts, which are facelifts under the age of 54. If you’re in your 40s or 50s and still have a fair amount of skin elasticity, Dr. Freeman might suggest a mini facelift to give your skin a slight boost without dramatically changing your appearance. 

You might notice age-related changes on your face as early as age 30. If you’re in your 30s and have concerns about your aging appearance, it’s better to hold off on getting a facelift and opting for nonsurgical treatments like Botox®, dermal fillers, or even a chemical peel

Discuss your options today

You won’t know for sure if it’s the right time for a facelift until you consult with Dr. Freeman about your personal goals and health. Schedule your visit with a phone call or click today.