What’s the Best Age to Get a Facelift?

A facelift successfully diminishes the signs of aging, boosts your confidence, and helps you look and feel your best. But if you’re like most men and women who are considering having the procedure, you’re likely wondering what the ideal age is to have it done. While adults in their mid-40s tend to see the best results, genetics and your unique anatomy are more important than your actual age.

The beauty of cosmetic surgery is that you can benefit from a facelift at many different ages after the signs of aging begin to appear. A skilled facial cosmetic surgeon will analyze your anatomy and determine the best technique to provide you with the maximum, long-lasting results.     

Maximizing results

In the past, many men and women waited until their 60s and 70s to have a facelift. Today, more adults are discovering the benefits of having the procedure earlier. Adults who undergo a facelift in their mid-40s experience longer-lasting results and require fewer revisions. One reason may be that facelifts performed before the age of 50 help retain, rather than recapture youth.

Over time, as more signs of aging set in, you develop permanent lines and creases in areas like your cheeks, eyelids, corner of your eyes and the fold at the corner of your jaw line. If you undergo a facelift during the earlier phases of skin aging, you maximize the results and retain your youthful appearance for many more years than if you wait.

Mini facelift

A mini facelift address early signs of aging in the lower third of the face. If you’re under the age of 50, this common procedure is perfect for helping you maintain your youthful skin. It’s less about improving the slack of the overall skin of your face and more about addressing early signs of wrinkles and sagging on the lower part of your face. It has a shorter recovery time and effectively refreshes your natural beauty.  

A mini facelift is a more conservative treatment that enhances your natural appearance. Performed under local anesthesia, the side effects of swelling and bruising are minimal. This type of approach is often called a weekend facelift, and is the most common type of facelift performed.

Deep plane lift

A deep plane lift provides dramatic results and is perfect if you’re over age 60 and have significant facial wrinkling and sagging. It involves fully lifting and repositioning the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS), a layer located under your skin that surrounds the muscles responsible for smiling and other facial expressions.

Your cosmetic surgeon repositions the SMAS layer and removes sagging skin to leave you with a more youthful appearance. Considered the gold standard, a deep plane lift fully rejuvenates your face and can help you look 10-15 years younger. Your cheeks, jawline, and chin will be drastically rejuvenated to give you the best results.

Mid facelift

Often used to address moderate-to-advanced signs of aging in the middle part of the face, the mid facelift involves lifting and repositioning the layer over your cheek bones. This restores the youthful appearance of your cheeks and mouth. Often used for men and women over the age of 50, a mid facelift is perfect if you have sagging cheeks and deep nasolabial folds, the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth.  

You deserve to look as vibrant as you feel at any age. Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Levine, or book using our online tool to start your journey to renewed youth.

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