“At what age should I get a facelift?” is a question we hear a lot from patients, but there is no “one size fits all” answer. While most of us want to delay the aging process as much as possible, we all age differently. Age is one factor of course, but aging genetics and lifestyle are two key factors that affect the timing of a facelift.
For instance, smoking, sun worshiping, and a toxic lifestyle can all speed up the aging process. But so can a dramatic weight loss and certain medical conditions and diseases. All of these factors affect skin elasticity, and how the skin will respond to non-surgical and surgical treatments.
Have you lost a lot of weight? Did you smoke for many years? Did you work in the sun for decades? Did you live somewhere that exposed you to the elements? Did you have an illness that made you look older than you are?
Or, are you a health nut who eats right, exercises regularly, and wears sunscreen religiously? In any case, it’s not so much about your age as it is about your skin’s actual elasticity and the results you’re specifically looking for.
Is there a non-surgical treatment, such as Botox, dermal fillers like Juvederm, or skin resurfacing that can help you achieve your desired results without going under the knife? If so, you may be able to put off a facelift for years. In fact, sometimes non-surgical options just make more sense.
When Surgery is the Best Option
There will always be cases where a facelift surgery is the best option. For example, if your face is droopy, a facelift may be ideal, but if all you have is a few wrinkles, a facelift may be a little extreme. Instead, injectables may be all you need to get the job done.
We all age differently; therefore, the two biggest factors that determine the best age for a facelift are genetics and lifestyle. However, to give readers a general answer, some women who are between the ages of 45 and 55 may want to consider a facelift, but as long as a woman is in good health, there’s no reason why she can’t get a facelift in her 60s, 70s, and beyond. It all has to do with her overall health and her ability to withstand surgery.
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Surgical and Non-Surgical Options
If you’re interested in exploring all of your non-surgical and surgical anti-aging options, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation with our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Yuly Gorodisky. He’d be glad to discuss your goals and explain the various options available, such as medical skincare, facials, laser treatments, Botox, injectable fillers, and of course, facelift surgery.