What Age Should Do You Start Considering a Facelift?

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Ageing can have many perks, like increased wisdom and more freedom to travel in retirement. But added years can also mean a taxing experience on the body. Unfortunately, the face and neck areas are typically the first to show physical signs of growing older. When this happens, both men and women begin to seek out facial remodeling for a more positive self-image.

No matter your individual motivation, a facelift can be a beneficial way to minimize the visible signs of ageing. It can be disappointing to still feel like a 20-year-old at heart when your outward appearance tells the world something different. So at what age should you start considering a facelift?

The most important factor in determining when to get a facelift is not really your age, but whether or not you have physical changes to your facial appearance. For most people, changes to facial presentation begin in the late 30s. As you continue through your 40s and 50s though, the slight changes progress to more-pronounced facial lines and volume loss.

By starting a facial rejuvenation procedure in your 40s or 50s, you not only have a better chance of getting great results but you will also recover more easily than you would in your 60s. For those reasons, the average facelift patient today is around 50.

How Can You Benefit From a Facelift?

A facelift, also referred to as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that is well-liked for its ability to impart a more youthful-looking face. While receiving a facelift will not stop the ageing process, it is a great option for men and women looking to lift sagging cheeks and diminish fatty areas beneath the chin.

When deep wrinkles and volume loss result in skin laxity and sunken feature, this facial rejuvenation procedure can provide many advantages. Dr Morris Ritz has a lot of experience with cosmetic enhancement and can help restore a handful of facial concerns, including:

  • Deep lines and creases
  • Sagging skin
  • Hanging facial fat
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Volume loss
  • Excess fat or loose skin on the neck

Depending on your cosmetic goals, you may wish to combine a facelift with other procedures for a more dramatic effect. If your problem areas seem to focus around the eyes, for example, a brow lift and eyelid surgery are two surgical operations that can focus more exclusively on rejuvenating the skin in that region. It can also be combined with a neck lift or liposuction.

Procedural Expectations

Prior to the surgery date, you will meet one-on-one with Dr Ritz to determine the best way to achieve your facial rejuvenation goals. There are several different ways to make an incision and by examining your skin and learning about your aesthetic goals, we can try to limit the visibility of scarring and make incisions in a place that is as least conspicuous as possible.

Following the procedure, you will remain in the hospital for the first 24-48 hours. You will have surgical drains placed to help with any fluid build-up but those will be removed the next day before you head home. Dr Ritz will provide you with detailed care instructions upon your release to ensure your recovery time is as comfortable as possible.

While a facelift can take several weeks to heal completely, your patience will soon be rewarded with the youthful appearance and boost of confidence you have been searching for. If you are ready to improve your self-image and enjoy a greater quality of life, call our practice today on (03) 8692 5566.