When our surgeons consult with people considering facial rejuvenation, one of the questions they hear most often is, “What is the best age for a facelift?” You may be asking yourself similar questions about whether now is the right time to start thinking about the surgery.
In this post, we’ll discuss a few topics surrounding facelift timing, from how to know you’re ready to whether it’s better to wait or opt in sooner. We hope you will find all the information you need to take your next steps with confidence, whatever they may be.
What Is the Right Age for a Facelift?
Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons tell us that the most popular age for a facelift is between 55 and 69. About 64% of all facelift patients fall into this category.
However, there is not a defined “right” age, as everyone shows signs of aging at their own unique rate. Some people are ready as early as their 30s after experiencing significant weight loss. Others wait until well into their 70s. The better question to ask is when the right age is for you.
How Do I Know I’m Ready for a Facelift?
You may be ready for a facelift if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Loose skin on the lower face and neck
- Deep nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of your nose down to the sides of your mouth)
- Flat or fallen cheeks
- A squarer face shape than you used to have
It’s also a sign you may be ready for a facelift if you find you need more and more filler to lift your cheeks, disguise your jowls, or smooth away your nasolabial folds.
You can see what facelifts look like on people of various ages in our before-and-after photo gallery.
Is It Better To Get a Facelift Sooner or Wait?
Ultimately, it’s best to find a balance. Having the surgery done too early may not be beneficial. If you have some of the signs mentioned above but only to a minor degree, our surgeons may recommend a mini facelift or nonsurgical alternatives to give you the results you desire without unnecessary invasiveness.
Alternatively, there is not necessarily a problem with waiting; however, to achieve your ideal look in the meantime, you will likely need some nonsurgical treatments such as dermal fillers. At more advanced stages of aging, the costs of these temporary treatments can add up.
Should I Come In for a Facelift Consultation?
Do you find yourself pondering whether you need a facelift whenever you look in the mirror? That’s a good sign your concerns are affecting your confidence and you may benefit from speaking to a facial plastic surgeon about your options.
Our dual board-certified facial plastic surgeons work as a duo on each case, so you get double the expertise during your consultation. They bounce ideas off each other and design a completely unique treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals. Keep in mind a consultation is not a commitment to surgery, just a chance to learn about the best possible solutions for your concerns.