What’s The Most Common Age For Getting A Facelift?

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What’s The Most Common Age For Getting A Facelift?

Feeling A Facelift?

Facelifts are a common plastic surgery procedure as adults get older. This surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy, removes excess or sagging skin, smooths out wrinkles, and tightens skin. People get facelifts for many different reasons, but the most common one is a desire for a more youthful appearance.

How old should I be to get a facelift?

Facelifts are most common in people who are 60 and older. The procedure is getting more and more popular in younger patients, though. In 2019, patients under age 54 made up almost one-third of all facelift patients.

Are there benefits for being a young facelift patient?

Patients 60 and older often have a fair amount of wrinkles or sagging tissue to reposition and adjust. Because of this, the older a patient is, the longer the recovery period may be. For younger people, recovery periods may be quicker. Younger patients may also feel that facelift results are more natural, as the procedure takes off only about 5-10 years, instead of the 20 years off expected for a 60-year-old patient.

What if I’m in my 30s or 40s?

Patients aged 30-40 don’t need facelifts. Younger patients benefit more from sun protection and nonsurgical treatments. Injections like botulinum toxin can relax fine lines and decrease wrinkles. By the time a patient reaches 40 or 50, a mini facelift may be appropriate.

Types of facelift procedures

The least invasive form of a facelift is the mini facelift. Mini facelifts, exactly as the name implies, are less extensive. These procedures primarily focus on loose skin around the neck and jaw. Mid-facelifts focus on skin around the cheeks, nose, upper mouth, and eyes. Traditional facelifts make an incision around the temples, ears, and chin to recontour the facial tissues.

How long is facelift recovery?

After a traditional facelift, patients are usually in bandages for 2-3 days before switching to an elastic sling. After about 7 days, the healthcare provider may assess the face and remove stitches. Most people need to rest for about 2-4 weeks. People continue to have follow-up appointments for several months after surgery.

How do I know if a facelift is right for me?

People who are curious about facelifts should meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss options. Be prepared to speak with the surgeon about cosmetic goals, current medications, or any existing medical conditions. A plastic surgeon can recommend a treatment plan based on each patient’s overall needs, goals, and age.

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