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Am I Too Young for a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that corrects sagging skin and fat around the jawline, enabling patients to achieve a sculpted look. During a facelift, muscle tissues are elevated and excess fat is removed. Wrinkles and fine lines are also improved.

In the past, many patients would wait until their 60s and 70s to get a facelift. However, more adults have discovered the benefits of getting a facelift earlier in life. Patients who have facelifts in their 40s are more likely to enjoy longer-lasting results, and they also require fewer revisions.

From our expert at Lancaster Plastic Surgery, Dr. Richard M. Levin, here’s everything you need to know about whether or not you’re too young to get a facelift. 

Facelifts vs injectables for facial rejuvenation

For many patients who experience loss of elasticity and wrinkles earlier in life, injectables and other noninvasive procedures may seem like an optimal solution. 

Injectables that paralyze your muscles may make your skin look better for a few months, or even a few years. However, once those muscles are no longer stimulated, they shrink. This leaves you with flat muscles, which are one of the tell-tale signs of aging. 

Injectables that add volume aren’t without fault either. Over time, the fillers stretch the skin tissues, accelerating the aging process. 

This is why so many people who use volumizing fillers end up having ‘’puffy’’ faces. There’s excess skin that requires filling up. Otherwise, there would be a lot of saggy, stretched skin left on the face. 

Facelifts come with none of these downsides. They don’t cause your skin to stretch, nor do they impact your muscle’s ability to contract. During a facelift, Dr. Levin removes the excess skin and fat, and then he pulls up the skin to create smooth, youthful contours. 

Different types of facelifts 

A mini facelift is a minimally invasive type of facelift that addresses loss of elasticity, jowls, and wrinkles in the lower part of the face. 

A mid-face lift addresses moderate to severe signs of aging in the middle part of the face. During this procedure, Dr. Levin elevates sunken cheeks and improves the deep nasolabial folds. 

A deep plane lift is usually recommended to patients over 60 who have deep lines and significant loss of elasticity in the face. This procedure involves lifting a series of muscles and removing excess skin, leaving you with drastically rejuvenated cheeks, jawline, and chin. 

The ideal age for a facelift 

There’s no best age for a facelift. Based on your appearance, you have to consider if it’s worth getting a facelift. 

The ideal candidate for a facelift has significant skin laxity (loose skin) as well as lines and wrinkles that don’t respond to creams and serums. 

Many plastic surgeons consider between 44 years and 55 years the ideal age for a recipient of a facelift. However, some women get facelifts as early as 35 years old. 

The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for a facelift is by contacting us and scheduling an appointment. Dr. Levin will answer all of your questions about the procedures that would work best for your skin. 

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