As people start to age, they begin to wonder what they can do to look younger. Many people look to surgical treatments and options to reverse the effects that time and gravity has had on their faces. A facelift is a common procedure that can make a person look decades younger than they really are, but often times people wonder what age is the right time to have a surgery like this.

The best time to have a facelift is going to vary for every patient. Every person is different. Some people age more gracefully than others and some people have other treatments that help maintain a more youthful appearance, giving them a little longer before they may seek a procedure like a facelift. However, there are a few key things that will help you and your doctor decide if and when a facelift is right for you.

A facelift may correct some of your concerns related to facial aging such as skin collagen loss and facial bone atrophy. It can also help reduce some of the wrinkles or lines on the lower face as lax skin is reduced. There are different types of facelifts and your doctor can help determine the best procedure to address your specific needs. The right type of facelift can reduce the appearance of sagging jowls or a droopy looking lower face, and there are other types of facelift procedures for issues on other areas of the face. A mid-face lift can help restore more volume along the cheekbones, if it includes cheek fat pad elevation. There is also an upper face surgery, such as an eyelid lift or brow lift that can help restore a more youthful appearance to an aging face.

If you’re under 50 and considering a facelift, there are some benefits, such as the healing process. When you’re younger, the body tends to heal better and scars can have a better appearance after surgery. Having a facelift at a younger age, can also mean a less invasive procedure, since there is less correction that needs to be done, than that of a 60 or 70 year old patient. However, people even into their 70’s and 80’s have successful facelift procedures and end up with an amazing result.

Cosmetic surgery, especially facial plastic surgery is a serious procedure. If you’re considering this, you want to make sure you have an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon performing your surgery. You should look into your doctor’s reputation, look for reviews online, for other people that have had this surgery, with this doctor and see if they are happy with their results. Most importantly, you need to meet with the doctor and make sure you feel confident that you will be satisfied with the results.

Schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning, board certified plastic surgeons to see if the time is right for your facelift or what other options you may have.