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How To Know The Best Age For A Facelift

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As the sands of time leave their mark, you’re faced with signs of aging on your face, neck and jawline. As a result, unwanted wrinkles and sagging skin may make you look older than you feel and impact your self-confidence. 

As you search for a long-lasting solution to facial rejuvenation, a facelift is often a significant consideration. From understanding the surgical procedure itself to exploring the optimal age and candidacy criteria, we’re here to guide you through the ins and outs of how to know you’re ready for a facelift at CAPS. 

What Is A Facelift?

A facelift is a very popular cosmetic surgery that improves the visible signs of aging on the face, jawline and neck. Also known as a rhytidectomy, this procedure removes excess skin to tighten the underlying muscles and facial tissues. The result of a facelift is a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. 

At CAPS, we also offer mini facelifts which are a less invasive version of a full facelift. This procedure involves making smaller incisions to improve mild to moderate signs of aging such as wrinkles, jowls and some sagging skin. 

Similarly, patients who primarily have neck and lower facial concerns may choose a neck lift to target and correct that specific area. To determine which type of facelift is right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

What Is The Best Age For A Facelift?

Since everyone’s aging process is different, the best time to get a facelift is not necessarily determined by age. People choose to have a facelift for a variety of reasons that can occur at nearly any age. As for the perfect time to schedule your facelift, it depends upon the signs of aging you're experiencing, the severity of your aging signs and your long-term goals.

Some patients decide to have a facelift in their 40s. These patients may have experienced significant weight loss which resulted in excess skin and sagging skin that are resistant to diet and exercise and need to be surgically removed. Others may be experiencing early signs of aging as a result of excessive sun exposure, smoking, poor lifestyle habits and genetics, and seek out a mini facelift as a long-term solution.

Other patients may not get a traditional facelift until their 60s or 70s when they have significant signs of aging. Hear from one of our board-certified surgeons on what she thinks the best age for a facelift is:

“There's not really any specific age that’s best for a facelift. Some patients are as young as in their 40s especially if they've had significant weight loss. Some people are in their 70s. 

The typical things that are corrected, especially with a mini facelift, is laxity of the lower half of the face, looseness of the neck and muscle bands around the under-chin area. There are some temporary services that can help like Botox and Ultherapy, but once you have an overall looseness of the neck, jawline and lower face, then it’s time to come in and start talking about a facelift.” 

-Dr. Vasko 

No matter what age you are, if the signs of aging are affecting your appearance and self confidence, a facelift should be considered. The best way to determine if a facelift is right for you is by having a conversation with one of our award-winning plastic surgeons. 

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Facelift?

So how do you know if you’re a good candidate for a facelift? Hear what one of our facelift surgeons has to say:

“Every day, patients ask if they’re a good candidate for a facelift. What we’re typically talking to them about is laxity in their face, in their jowls, and in their neck. Sometimes patients get volume loss in their nasolabial folds and marionette lines, and sometimes up in the cheek areas. In each of those areas, depending on the anatomy of their face, they are able to be addressed with facelift operations. There are a multitude of different techniques that can be used and the best way to determine that is to have a conversation with one of our surgeons.” 

-Dr. Wakelin 

We often tell our patients that they’re considered ‘facelift ready’ based on the criteria below:

  • Sagging cheeks and jowls

  • Fine lines, wrinkles and creases

  • Double chin

  • Lost facial volume

  • Good overall medical health

  • Ability to take at least two weeks to recover

Schedule A Consultation At CAPS Today

Your facelift journey begins with a personalized consultation with one of our seven award-winning plastic surgeons. Hear what one of our facelift surgeons has to say about the consultation:

“I feel the most important part of a surgical consultation is the opportunity for the patients to sit down one-on-one with their surgeon and together, formulate a surgical plan and a treatment plan that's best for them. During your consultation at CAPS, you'll also have the opportunity to meet the rest of the surgical team, the nurses and the assistants that will be caring for you throughout the entire process.” 

-Dr. Angelos 

You can trust us to provide compassionate, discreet care as we work together to fully prepare you for your facelift surgery. We’re ready to help you address the aging process and embark on a transformative journey toward facial rejuvenation and a more radiant you! Schedule a consultation today.