Aging changes the face. As we grow older, our skin loses elasticity and muscle tone, which can cause the appearance of drooping or sagging skin. The skin also begins to dry and lose the fat, which keeps our skin smooth, creating fine lines and wrinkles.
For some, these natural side effects are as undesirable as they are inevitable, and opt for cosmetic procedures to turn back the clock.
But what is the right age to get a facelift? Those waiting too late may not find their results as young as they were hoping for, and those rushing the procedure too young may not get their desired results either, though they may have more success with a less invasive mini facelift.
Here are some common facelift questions.
At What Age do you Get a Facelift?
As every person ages differently, there’s no exact age that’s perfect for a facelift. Generally speaking, the ideal age range for facelifts is between 40-60. This is considered the ideal group as the face has aged enough to warrant noticeable results but is still young enough that the transition appears more natural. Clients with more significant signs of aging may have a noticeable result, which can be undesirable to the client.
If There’s No Magic Number, How Will you Know it’s Time?
A better way to determine if you’re a good candidate for a facelift is by looking for your signs of aging. Wrinkles under the eyes, deep lines by the mouth and nose, and loose skin by the jaw and neck are all indicators you may be ready for a facelift.
Face Lift or Mini Facelift?
During a facelift procedure, an incision is made by the ear area, and the skin is pulled back. Any excess skin and fat are removed, and the incisions are closed. This procedure tightens the skin. This helps remove loose skin and dimmish the look of wrinkles.
During a full facelift, the surgery targets the entire face, and as such, the procedure may not be necessary for those only seeking to touch up the lower portion of their face.
In this case, a mini facelift is a more appropriate procedure. This technique focuses more on trouble areas such as their cheeks and jowls, and is considered less invasive, typically just leaving a small scar.
How Can I Prepare for a Facelift?
As early as possible, avoid the following.
Aspirin: Aspirin can thin your blood, which can increase bruising and bleeding during surgery.
Vitamins: Supplements such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C can increase blood flow, which increases bleeding during surgery.