What's the Best Age for a Face-lift?

Face-lifts are not tied to a specific age — rather, they can help with certain aging signs that non-invasive procedures like dermal fillers and lasers can no longer address. Loss of facial volume, deep lines around the nose and mouth, and loss of jawline definition due to sagging are just a few concerns that face-lifts can target. 

What’s more, factors such as smoking, hydration, sun exposure, skin type, and genetics heavily influence the aging process. So when it comes to getting a face-lift, what’s “too early” for some women could be just the right time for you, and vice versa. 

Although most women who get face-lifts have the procedure done in their 40s and return for a refresher face-lift in their 50s, you can also get a face-lift in your 60s and 70s. To get a face-lift, you just need to be in good health.

Interested in learning more? Below, Dr. Michael Schwartz discusses the differences between the two types of face-lifts and explains how to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

Regular face-lifts vs. mini face-lifts

Here at Pasadena Plastic Surgery, we offer two types of face-lifts: a regular face-lift (called a rhytidectomy) and a mini face-lift, which is a less invasive form of facial rejuvenation.

Typically, patients who opt for mini face-lifts are younger (late 30s or early 40s). The procedure focuses only on the loss of volume and lines in the mid-face region, not on the rejuvenation of the entire face.

However, a mini face-lift has its own advantages. The incisions are smaller, and there’s less bruising and swelling. You can expect to return to work within a week.

A rhytidectomy is more extensive and can reduce deeper wrinkles and sagging all over your face. It’s often paired with a neck and brow lift. However, the procedure has a longer recovery period. It may take a few months for you to completely recover, but the results of the procedure can last up to 10 years.

Are you a good candidate for a face-lift?

Face-lifts have high satisfaction rates and come with very few risks. Before the procedure, our team will ask you about your medical history and whether you smoke or take supplements. If you’re healthy overall, and are willing to stop smoking for at least two to four weeks before and after the procedure, you’re most likely a good candidate for a face-lift. 

To get an idea of what the results of the procedure will look like, feel free to check out our before and after gallery.

Learn more about how to rejuvenate your face 

Age is just a number when it comes to your skin’s appearance. Due to varying lifestyle choices and genetics, the only way to determine if a face-lift would benefit you is by allowing a specialist to examine your skin and facial structure.

If you live near Pasadena, California, contact our office to schedule an appointment and find out which procedure would work best for your concerns. 

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