When is the best age to have facelift surgery? It’s a tricky question, since most facelifts are between the ages of 40–60, and many people choose to have their procedures at other times of life. A conversation between cosmetic surgeons on RealSelf.com shows that there are many differing opinions on the subject.
In fact, most cosmetic surgeons agree that there is no “best age” for facelift surgery in general. However, there is a best age for your individual procedure, which will depend on factors such as genes, lifestyle, and personal priorities.
When considering facelift surgery, you should consider:
- whether sagging skin, deep folds, or significant wrinkling have begun to develop on your face
- when these signs of aging begin to appear in your family
- whether you want your surgical results to be apparent to others
Benefits of an Earlier Facelift
Having a facelift earlier in life is often preferable to waiting for significant signs of aging to appear on the face.
- It allows for a smaller procedure, such as a “mini facelift,” which entails shorter incisions and a shorter recovery time.
- The results of your facelift will provide subtle rejuvenation, rather than the more dramatic changes that come later in life.
Benefits of a Later Facelift
Many patients can benefit from waiting until their late 50s to have a facelift.
- This option is ideal if you’re one of those lucky people who don’t experience significant signs of aging until their late 50s and early 60s.
- Since you’re closer to retirement age, your greater financial stability can help during your downtime. It may also be more difficult to take time off while you’re still building your career in your 40s.
- You may desire a more dramatic change with long-lasting results.