What Is the Best Age for a Facelift?

One of the most common questions patients have for plastic surgeons is, “When is the ideal age to consider a facelift?” The answer isn’t simple. Everyone has unique needs and goals, and each person experiences the natural aging process differently. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Samuel M. Sohn, will determine if your concerns can be addressed during your initial consultation. There are also some general guidelines that can help you decide if facial rejuvenation may be right for you.

Facelift surgery is primarily designed to reduce excess skin that can develop over time and to restore facial tissues to a higher, more youthful position. If you’re experiencing sagging or drooping skin and deep creases, this procedure may be ideal for your needs. Skin laxity can begin to occur as early as your 30s, although more advanced symptoms generally appear in your 40s and 50s. Some women may not notice concerns until their 60s! Different factors, such as genetics, environmental influences (sun exposure, smoking, pollution), and stress can all play a role in how your face changes with time.

Another common concern is fatty tissue. Sometimes there’s too much, which can cause jowls and under-eye bags to develop. In other cases, volume loss can create issues like sunken cheeks and temples. While fat can be removed and/or redistributed in facelift surgery, adding volume typically requires an adjunct technique such as fat grafting or dermal fillers. Non-surgical treatment may be the most effective option for individuals who primarily have mild to moderate signs of aging. Dr. Sohn can help you determine the best course of action for your needs and goals.

For more information about facelift surgery, our friendly and knowledgeable medical staff can help you schedule a complimentary appointment and answer any questions you may have.

Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on November 25, 2015.