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Summary: How old should you be to get a facelift? Well, that answer is hard to question definitively, because everyone ages at a different rate. And when those signs of aging manifest themselves is really going to dictate when the right moment to undergo a facelift procedure–or any rejuvenating procedure–is going to be.

What’s the Best Age to Get a Facelift?

A facelift is a permanent surgical procedure designed to make your face appear more youthful by eliminating unwanted and excess skin. Once excess skin is removed, the face will manifest fewer lines and wrinkles. Additionally, any areas of sagging or drooping skin can be addressed. The results are effectively permanent, which raises the question: how old should you be to get a facelift?

Getting the timing of any plastic surgery procedure correct is important. In the case of a facelift, there are several criteria to consider, but ultimately, you want to make sure that you aren’t undergoing your procedure so early that there’s nothing for facelift to address or so late that you don’t get to enjoy any of the results.

It’s this balancing between effect and enjoyment that’s at the root of facelift timing. It’s always important to consult with your plastic surgeon about when you should undergo a facelift procedure and how best to prepare for it. (It should be noted that this article is intended for entertainment purposes only, so you should always talk to your doctor or surgeon about facelift timing concerns you might have). How old should you be to get a facelift? Well, there are definitely some criteria to consider.

What to Consider When Thinking About Age

There’s not going to be any set age where you can undergo a facelift procedure, like some kind of height restriction on a rollercoaster. That’s because everyone ages differently. (That is, after all, the entire point of a facelift: to convince the world–and yourself–that you’re aging more slowly than the rest of your peers.)

When considering the timing on a facelift procedures, most patients will think about:

  • Whether their faces appear older than they do. That is, many patients will think about whether they have aged too rapidly and they may want to correct that if it’s true.
  • Their general overall health. Even minimally invasive facelift procedure (such as mini-facelift) are still surgical procedure, so you’ll want to be in relatively good health.
  • The amount of excess skin they see. Excess skin is one of the primary targets of facelift procedures. Skin that is hanging down or drooping over your eyes or jawline is often the skin that leads patients to their surgeon.
  • The overall surface area covered by wrinkles and lines. The more widespread those wrinkles and lines are, the more likely that a facelift procedure is going to be well worth it.
  • The permanence of the results. It is possible, after all, to undergo dermal filler or Botox procedures that yield temporary results. So most patients who undergo a facelift procedure are indeed intending to get permanent results.

Thinking about these variables will begin to make clear whether you’re in a good position to be thinking about a facelift or you’d like to wait. Of course, conversations with your plastic surgeon should help clear that up as well.

How Long is Permanent?

All of this brings up a pretty straightforward question about the permanence of facelift procedures. Because we keep saying that one of the big factors here is that a facelift procedure is permanent–but what does permanent mean?

In this case, permanent means that surgical changes are being made to the face–changes that, barring another surgical procedure–cannot be undone. Those changes are designed to make you look more youthful, of course, but they are still permanent and patients should keep that in mind.

However, a permanent result does not mean that you stop aging and stay looking youthful forever. That’s because your face will continue to age. You will, conceivably, develop wrinkles, lines, and excess skin once again in your life. But it will take several years. And you will have reset your face’s baseline, essentially, so that you’ll always be several years ahead of the curve.

Discussions With Your Facial Surgeon

The timing of your facelift is important. You want to make sure that it’s worth the recovery time (and the cost) to undergo the procedure. But you don’t want to undergo a facelift too early. There’s no reason, for example, for a twenty year old patient to undergo any type of facelift procedure.

So talk to your surgeon about what your options are and how you might proceed. How old should you be to get a facelift? Depends on when those wrinkles start showing themselves.

About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons to get the latest and most up to date information possible.

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