A facelift is a cosmetic surgery designed to lift the lower part of your face to decrease sagging and smooth out deep-set lines. While it is designed to help you look more youthful, it can also help you feel more confident. As you consider whether a facelift is the right choice for you, you will want to think about your age and have an honest discussion about any concerns that you have with your cosmetic surgeon.
If you are in your 30s, you have probably been surprised to see some of your first lines and wrinkles popping up on your face. While you do not yet have deep-set lines in your cheeks or across your forehead, you may be seeing the beginnings of some lines around your nose and between your eyebrows. Other lines appear very fine.
Your 40s and 50s
In general, most cosmetic surgeons see patients between the ages of 40 to 60 as ideal candidates for this surgery. At this age, you can see better how your face is aging, but you have not yet lost your skin tone or elasticity. This means that your recovery will go well and your skin will not appear stretched.
Your 60s and Beyond
Although it may be possible to get a facelift in your 60s or 70s, most surgeons do not recommend this procedure to those beyond the age of 65. The skin simply does not bounce back as it once did, and you may not feel happy with your results.
What Is the Ideal Age?
In general, the ideal age for a facelift is the age that you and your surgeon mutually agree upon as being best for your unique needs. You will need to schedule a complete consultation to give the surgeon time to look at your facial features and at your skin tone, and you will need to have an honest conversation about your goals. Also, keep in mind that if you receive a facelift when you are younger, you may need a secondary facelift later in life.