When Is the Right Time for a Facelift?
A common concern that patients have about facelift surgery is that they may be too young to have one. Since facelifts intend to lift and tighten the skin, they are often unnecessary for younger clients.
Most facelifts are performed on patients in their late 40s and older. With that being said, you may be eligible for a facelift at a younger age, depending on your signs of aging.
Aging and Collagen
To understand what age is appropriate for facelift surgery, you must first understand how age-related changes to the skin occur.
As you age, your skin undergoes various natural changes. The first is a decrease in collagen production. Collagen is the substance within your skin that keeps it supple and stretchy.
When your skin is high in collagen, it can withstand constant facial movement. When collagen decreases, your skin becomes less elastic and flexible. It can no longer hold up to continuous movements like smiling, laughing, or frowning.
This means that your daily expressions begin to leave evidence behind in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases.
Another age-related change that happens is the loss of youthful volume. When you are younger, your skin has a high content of hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid causes your skin to appear plumper — especially in certain areas around the face. Around the cheeks and under the eyes are two spots that typically have more volume under the skin. This gives your face a younger-looking appearance.
Once volume loss occurs in these areas, it causes the skin to drop downwards and sag. This creates the appearance of hanging jowls around the cheeks and jawline.
The Most Common Age for Facelifts
These age-related changes begin to occur very mildly in your mid- to late-20s. As years go on, they increase in intensity and severity. This is why people in their 60s or 70s have more significant wrinkling and sagging than people in their 30s or 40s.
For this reason, facelift surgery is not a common procedure for people in their 40s and younger. Many plastic surgeons reserve facelift treatment for patients with the most pronounced signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles and extremely loose skin.
Patients in their 30s and 40s often benefit from less invasive, non-surgical options. This includes BOTOX® injections, dermal fillers, and skin rejuvenation treatments like Morpheus8 and fractional CO2 laser. These types of anti-aging procedures use innovative solutions and technology to address signs of aging without surgical intervention.