Facelifts are surgical procedures that tighten the skin and muscles of the face and neck to create a more youthful appearance. The average facelift patient is between 40 to 60 years old. Although there’s no age requirement for adults, it is generally recommended for anyone experiencing the visible signs of aging, such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and loss of facial volume.
In this blog, we will explore how age affects facelifts.
Age is not the only factor that plays a major role in a facelift’s results. The patient’s skin elasticity, overall health, personal goals, and the facelift surgeon’s expertise are also contributors. It’s important to have realistic expectations about facelifts and their risks. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified facelift surgeon in Beverly Hills to determine if the procedure is the right for you.
Type of Facelifts
The facelift is an umbrella term for several types of cosmetic procedures involving the face.
Traditional facelift: Traditional facelifts are the most common and involve incisions along the hairline, around the ears, and sometimes under the chin. The skin is then lifted, and the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened to create a more youthful appearance.
Mini facelift: Also known as a “weekend facelift,” is ideal for those interested in correcting mild to moderate signs of aging in the lower face and neck. The mini facelift utilizes smaller incisions and is less invasive than a traditional facelift.
Mid-facelift: The mid-facelift involves corrections made to the middle portion of the face, primarily the cheeks and eye area. It involves making incisions around the hairline and the ears and lifting and repositioning the underlying tissues to create a more youthful appearance.
Thread facelift: This is a minimally invasive option that involves inserting small threads under the skin to lift and tighten the facial tissues. It is often used to address mild to moderate signs of aging in the mid-face and lower face.
Non-surgical facelift: Botox and dermal fillers are nonsurgical facelift treatments that smooth out wrinkles and add volume to the face. Their effects are temporary and not as long-lasting as surgical facelifts. However, a major trade-off is they are less invasive and require little to no downtime. Popular nonsurgical facelifts in Beverly Hills include Radiesse, Restylane Silk, Juvederm, Restylane Kysse, Belotero, Voluma, Volbella, and Kybella.
Natural Refresh – vertical deep plane lift: The vertical deep plane lift rejuvenates the face and addresses the signs of aging, such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and volume loss. This procedure involves lifting and repositioning the deeper layers of the face, including the muscles and tissues underneath the skin, to create a more natural and youthful appearance. The deep plane facelift focuses on the underlying structures of the face for longer-lasting results.
Can I Have Multiple Facelifts at the Same Time?
Yes, it is possible to combine facelifts. In fact, combining multiple facial rejuvenation procedures is common and often recommended for patients to achieve their desired results.
Can I Have Additional Cosmetic Procedures With a Facelift?
One type of facelift alone may not address all of the concerns that a patient may have. It’s not uncommon for patients with fine lines and wrinkles, complexion issues, or uneven skin textures to undergo a brow lift, dimpleplasty, eyelid surgery, or a neck lift for a more comprehensive facial transformation.
It’s important to note that combining multiple procedures increases the complexity of the facelift surgery, and patients often take longer to recover. Therefore, it’s important to schedule a consultation to learn the potential risks and benefits before undergoing any combination of procedures.
How Does Age Affect Facelift Results?
The skin loses elasticity and begins to sag as it ages, and causes wrinkles and fine lines to appear and deepen. Many people opt for facelifts to rejuvenate their appearance and restore their youthful look. However, the effects of a facelift vary depending on the patient’s age.
The facelift creates a more youthful appearance by reducing wrinkles, sagging skin, and other aesthetic concerns. Although the procedure is ideal for adults, overall results depend on the patient’s age.
Older patients usually have more advanced signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles and jowls, which can be more difficult to correct without facelift surgery to get a natural and youthful result. Younger patients have more elasticity in their skin and less severe sagging and wrinkles, so it’s easier to achieve the desired outcome with less intense or complex procedures. Many younger patients also rely on nonsurgical facelifts and dermal fillers to achieve their rejuvenation goals.
Age and Health Considerations
Some older patients have underlying health conditions that can affect their ability to have a facelift and its outcome. Patients with high blood pressure or diabetes have a higher risk of complications during surgery.
Facelift Procedure Type
In addition to patient age, the type of facelift procedure performed also has an impact on the results. There are several different types of facelifts, including traditional facelifts, mini facelifts, and thread lifts. Traditional facelifts involve incisions along the hairline and around the ears, while mini facelifts utilize smaller incisions and less extensive surgery. Thread lifts involve the insertion of threads under the skin to lift and tighten sagging skin.
For younger patients, a mini facelift or thread lift may be more appropriate as they require less extensive surgery and may result in a more natural-looking outcome. Traditional facelifts may be more suitable for older patients who have more significant signs of aging and require more extensive corrections.
A facelift is a highly effective and popular procedure for anyone wanting a youthful appearance. Younger patients tend to have better skin elasticity and less severe signs of aging, making it easier to achieve a natural-looking result. However, older patients often have more advanced signs of aging and underlying health conditions that can affect their ability to undergo surgery. There are different types of facelifts and alternative cosmetic treatments available to help patients of any age achieve their desired aesthetic goals.
There is no specific age that is best for a facelift. With the right surgeon and approach, a facelift can help you look and feel your best at any age. Contact Torkian Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Behrooz A. Torkian, a double-board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Beverly Hills.