What’s the Best Age for a Facelift?

Best Age for a Facelift – Start Young or leave it til Later in life?

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.

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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 to mid 50s 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 55+ years old, the best option is typically a full SMAS 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 Northern Beaches or Newcastle 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 and Botox, 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 totally safe and amazingly natural looking. 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.


So, What’s The Best Age For A Face Lift?

At Dr Turner’s practices in Sydney, Dee Why, and Newcastle, men and women alike regularly come in asking about the best age for a face lift. The truth is that there’s no one magic number. Everyone ages differently. A wide range of factors from genetics to lifestyle factors like sun exposure, smoking, skincare, and environmental factors all impact the ageing process.

In Dr Turner’s clinics and at plastic surgery clinics around the world, the average face lift patient is anywhere between the ages of 40 to 60 years old. The thing to realise, however, is that the most important thing is matching the right procedure to the right person. Younger looking patients might just want some minor changes while those with more signs of ageing may want a more transformative look.

Ultimately, there is an option at every age. If there’s something you want to change, you can transform your look at anytime. If you think that you might be ready for a face lift, there’s an option for you. Even those under 40 can look into age prevention. It’s all about talking to your cosmetic surgeon to see what’s best for you.

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.

What Is A Facelift?

Most people think of a facelift as an aesthetic surgical procedure that helps restore youthfulness to the face. While that’s correct, what you may not realize is a facelift only involves the lower two-thirds of the face. That is, a facelift only affects the cheeks and jawline. However, it is common to have other aesthetic procedures done at the same time, such as a brow lift, to complement the facelift and enhance the overall effect.

The goal of a facelift is to refresh your appearance by reversing the signs of aging and effects of gravity. During the procedure, the surgeon will reposition and reshape the tissues below the skin. When complete, he will return the skin to a natural position. The desired outcome is a natural, revitalized appearance from the entire facial structure, not just tightened skin.

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.

What are the Benefits of a Facelift

If you want to restore the youthful appearance to your cheeks and jawline, you may benefit from a facelift. Patients in their 40s to 70s tend to see the best results. Effects usually last longer in younger patients, but this depends on the individual.

Following a facelift, improvements may include:

  • Less sagging skin
  • Elevated corners of the mouth
  • No more jowls
  • Redefined jawline
  • Elevated, plumper cheeks
  • Softened lines and folds on the face
  • Less excess fat and skin in the neck

Before A Facelift

It is important you work with an experienced plastic surgeon experienced in facelifts. He will work with you to determine your aesthetic needs. This includes explaining your options, including both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Together, you will develop a treatment plan to produce optimal results for you.

If you smoke tobacco, it will be important to quit smoking at least six weeks before your procedure. Your general physician can provide you with tobacco cessation resources.

During A Facelift – Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery takes place in a hospital setting, typically under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep and comfortable during the procedure. The procedure itself takes 3-5 hours. Of course, this can vary if you are having other surgeries at the same time.

An overnight hospital stay is not always required. Short-scar facelifts are often done in an outpatient setting. However, your surgeon may recommend an overnight stay, especially if you undergo multiple procedures. If the surgeon places a drain for excess fluid, he will remove it before you are discharged from the hospital. This will begin your recovery at home.

Recovery After A Facelift

Recovery following surgery is a very personal process. Your surgeon will explain what you can expect based in your individual case. However, it can be helpful to have a general idea of what happens following a facelift.

Expect to take it easy for a week or two. Your body needs time to recover.
• You will need to wear an elastic support for about two weeks. This helps minimize swelling.
• About one week after surgery, your surgeon will remove any stitches. Swelling should be minimal around the two-week mark.
• You may experience numbness or tingling following your procedure. This will lessen as your body heals. Your surgeon can prescribe medication to help ease any discomfort during this time.
• To maximize results, you will need to avoid the sun, smoking, and excessive alcohol intake.
• Full effects are not usually seen until six months following a facelift.

Your Next Steps

If you want to reduce signs of aging and reclaim your youthful appearance, a facelift may be a great option. You’ve taken the first step by educating yourself about facelifts. Now you must find an aesthetic surgeon experienced in facial rejuvenation. No two patients are alike, and you need an expert who respects that and who can tailor a treatment plan to your needs.

Are you in the Sydney, Newcastle, or Northern Beaches area? 

Dr. Scott J. Turner specializes in providing his patients with beautiful, natural results. His goal is to improve his patients’ sense of well-being, rapidly and profoundly improving their quality of life. If this appeals to you, contact his plastic surgery team to begin your journey to a revitalized you.

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

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