What’s the Best Age for a Facelift?

There are many different schools of thought when it comes to the best age to get a facelift. While some people talk about getting so-called “preventative” facelifts, others wait until they are well into their 60s. So, when is the best time for a facelift? Ultimately, the answer is: it depends.

The ideal age for one woman or man might be far too late or too early for another. Let’s run down the factors that help determine the best age for a facelift.

Understanding The Ageing Process

We all age differently. Genetics and a wide array of other lifestyle factors determine how quickly or slowly each individual person ages. While some people may find 40 to be the perfect age for a facelift, others might be able to hold off until they are 60. It is important to not wait too long though. By the time your face is severely aged, facial rejuvenation procedures are more obvious and less effective.

Generally speaking, however, most people begin to notice their faces ages in their late 30s. In their 40s and 50s, those fine lines turn into deep wrinkles as the skin begins to fold and volume facial fat is lost. If you wait until those lines become deeply set, you will have less than ideal results from a facelift. And, why wait that long? The benefit to facelifts is to prevent premature ageing and excess wrinkles. Getting a procedure before the signs of ageing are obvious means that you can prevent ageing and enjoy the results for many more years.

It is also common that people in their 40s and 50s are healthier than those who are 60+ years old. The younger and healthier that you are, the better that you will be able to recover from a procedure. Waiting too long to have a procedure only creates an unnecessary element of added stress.

Best Age for Different Types of Facelifts

The best time for a facelift also depends on what kind of facelift you are considering. A short scar facelift, or mini facelift, is the best option for people in their early 40s who are looking to prevent ageing before it happens. The short scar facelift is focused on your cheeks and jowls to create a subtlety lifted and youthful look.

When you are 50+ years old, the best option is typically a deep plane facelift. This type of facelift targets the muscles that support your face and neck to create a youthful tautness to your skin.

After a certain age, men and women often become unhappy with the look of their neck. In many cases, a neck lift can be just as beneficial as a facelift or serve a perfect compliment to the procedure.

Prevention and Proactivity is the Key to Anti Ageing

Have you ever noticed that some people never seem to age? More than likely, that is because those people are doing a little bit at a time. Rather than waiting to have a facelift when they are seeing obvious signs of ageing, many people choose a more gradual approach. Thanks to anti-wrinkle injections, laser treatments and dermal fillers, you can take a few years off at a time. Rather than waiting for skin to sag, you can fill in fine lines and sallow areas to maintain a youthful look until are you ready for a facelift.

Not sure if you are ready for a facelift? Visit the Dr Turner at his Sydney Bondi Junction or Manly clinic to have a one-on-one chat. He will give you a full facial assessment, listen to your concerns, and create a customised treatment plan that best meets your needs.

How to Decide the Best Time for a Face Lift

There is an incredible array of anti-ageing options out there. From creams and lotions to face lifts, we have more choices today than ever before. Best of all, these treatments are more effective than we could have imagined just ten years ago.

Forget everything that you think you may know about face lifts! Today’s procedures are safe and creating a natural look. They are not just for women of a certain age either. Face lifts can be a good option for men and women at anytime after 40. There are a range of different types of face lifts as well other complimentary procedures that can treat a wide array of signs of ageing.

Are you considering a face lift? Here is everything that you need to know about your options and how to decide on the best time for a face lift.

Types Of Face Lifts And Anti-Ageing Treatments

When it comes to face lifts, every aspect of the treatment is full customised to each patient’s unique needs. If you are looking for a dramatic transform, you may want to consider a combined face and neck lift procedure. While many people picture face lifts as having the skin simply pulled backed, an SMAS face lift targets the underlying fibromuscular tissue that covers your face and neck. By rejuvenating the underlying facial muscles, the results of this procedure are incredible.

Not every patient is looking for a full transformation however. For those looking to revitalise their look, a less invasive procedure can be the best option. If you have signs of ageing around your cheeks and jowls, a mini face lift can be a good option. If the lower eyelids, cheeks and corners of the mouth are a concern, then a mid face lift may be just what you are looking for.

Ageing doesn’t just impact the face and that’s why Dr Turner recommends a more holistic treatment. Very often, a neck lifts are the perfect complementary procedure, while options like brow lifts, eyelid surgery, facial implants and skin rejuvenation are transformative for some patients as well.

Deciding To Get A Face Lift

The best way to decide if are ready for a face lift is to have a one-to-one consultation with Dr Turner. He will listen to all of your concerns and wishes while expertly guiding you through each and every option available.

Looking old can make you feel old, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Have you ever stared at your reflection, wishing you could tighten up sagging skin? Would you like a little less droop around your jaw? You may want to consider a facelift. As with any medical procedure, it’s important to understand what to expect before, during, and after treatment.

Different Types Of Facelifts

There are two different surgical approaches to a facelift. Dr Turner will recommend what he feels will achieve the most desirable results for you.

1. Short-Scar Facelift

Short-scar facelifts are ideal for people without loose skin around the neck. These are usually younger patients who have only mild to moderate signs of aging. The procedure is less invasive but also produces less significant effects. If you are only looking to refine the features of your cheeks and jawline, a short-scar facelift may be desirable.

2. Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift is typically recommended for people with moderate to advanced signs of aging. This is because the procedure can address the midface, jowls, and neck and includes a full neck lift. The incision is larger and the recovery will be longer, but there is more opportunity for facial correction. This can lead to more dramatic results.

Next Steps

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