Am I Too Young for a Facelift?

What’s the prefect age to get a facelift? After your 60s? Before – in preparation for your 60s? A facelift is a great surgery for reducing sagging facial skin, contouring the jaw line, reducing nasolabial folds (creases than run from the nose to the corner of the mouth), and more. But when it comes to a facelift, timing could be everything. It would make sense for someone to wait until they have severe signs of aging before getting a facelift, but a new study in the medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says otherwise.

What Science Says

According to the a study published in the medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, patients who had a facelift before the age of 50 were actually happier with their results and more likely to maintain their youthful look over the years. Despite the fact that younger patients seeking facial rejuvenation are often redirected to alternative non-surgical procedures, the doctors behind the study say that getting a facelift earlier than the typical age can prevent regression of the facelift and elongate its rejuvenating effects. It’s also important to note that the older a patient is, the more likely they are to experience complications after the surgery.

What Happens in Aging

What we consider typical signs of aging actually start to happen usually around the late 30s. As we age, we lose skin elasticity owing to a breakdown of collagen and elastic leading to sagging, wrinkles and folds, and we lose facial volume because we start to lose fat underneath our skin creating less full, gaunter faces.

Being under 50 is such a critical time when it comes to aging because the amount of aging a person undergoes from 40-50 is so much less than the aging someone goes through from 50-60. According to the study, aging is much too cruel to be a linear progression, so by reversing the effects before aging had accelerated, the patients who got their facelifts before they turned 50 were able to turn back time more effectively than those who waited.

Skin Laxity

According to the doctors behind the study, it’s all about skin elasticity. When a person is under the age of 50, they have enough signs of aging that it’s appropriate to get a facelift, but they still have enough skin elasticity that the effects of a facelift are more likely to keep. As a person ages, their skin laxity increases, and the flaws they want to fix with a facelift become the very things that undermine its results. While older patients can still get amazing results for their facelift, it might be better to get it now rather than wait.

For years, talented surgeons like the ones at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg have been using advanced techniques for facelifts that create subtle, natural looking results that are perfect for younger patients. If you’re bent on getting your facelift now, then contact them for a consultation.