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Are You Too Young for Facelift Surgery?

Posted April 25, 2023 in Face Surgery

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Facelift surgery can help women and men achieve a more youthful and balanced facial aesthetic. This is because a facelift addresses cosmetic concerns in the lower two-thirds of the face (from the cheeks to the neck). 

Whether it be wrinkles, fine lines, or skin laxity, facelift surgery helps tighten the skin and underlying facial tissue while removing excess and sagging skin to help rejuvenate the face. These aesthetic issues are most commonly the result of age. 

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Because of this, most people tend to think that facelift surgery is meant for older patients only; however, that is not necessarily true. 

Below, we’ll take a look at facelift surgery and discuss the benefits of undergoing this procedure at various ages.

When Is the Best Time for Facelift Surgery?

While facelift surgery is most commonly performed on patients who are 50 or older, a facelift can be performed on younger patients who are starting to notice the effects of age, including skin laxity. 

In truth, age has very little to do with facelift candidacy. The qualifying factor comes down to whether patients are experiencing cosmetic frustrations that can be corrected with a facelift. 

This may be from age, or it can be caused by a life event. Some examples would be someone who has undergone extreme weight loss and has sagging skin in the face, or women and men who are frustrated with the appearance of jowls or a double chin. 

The purpose of cosmetic surgery procedures like a facelift is to help women and men look and feel their absolute best. You may be a great candidate for facelift surgery if you are unhappy with your facial appearance, whatever your age.

If you are interested in having a facelift, schedule a consultation at New Look New Life in New York City. During your consultation, your skilled cosmetic  surgeon will listen to your cosmetic frustrations and goals and evaluate your condition to determine whether a facelift is the right procedure for you. 

Your surgeon may also discuss other cosmetic options available to you.

What Are Your Facelift Options?

In a traditional facelift, the underlying muscles and tissue in the face are tightened, excess skin is excised, and the remaining skin is pulled tight to create a smoother, more youthful appearanc. However, this procedure is meant for patients with moderate to severe cosmetic concerns. 

But what if you only suffer from mild facial concerns? 

In that case, mini facelift surgery may be an option for adult women and men (of any age). 

As the name suggests, a mini facelift is less extensive than the traditional facelift. The main difference between a mini facelift and a traditional (or full) facelift is that a mini facelift focuses on correcting issues in the lower part of the face (namely, the jawline and neck). 

This is helpful for patients who are just beginning to experience signs of age (skin lines and laxity) in the lower face and neck. These patients tend to be women and men who are younger (in their late 30s and into their 40s). 

By combatting some of these cosmetic concerns early, you can achieve a more rejuvenated appearance that lasts for years or decades. Another benefit with a mini facelift is that it requires shorter incisions (which means shorter resulting scars) and a shorter recovery.

It is important to understand that not everyone is a candidate for mini facelift surgery. At your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon at New Look New Life will determine whether a mini facelift is right for you.

What Procedures Can You Combine With a Facelift?

While a facelift can help you look and feel years younger, there are some limitations to this procedure. 

First and foremost, a facelift only addresses the lower two-thirds of the face. 

So, if you experience age-related concerns in the upper third of your face (on your forehead and around your eyes), then you will want to consider undergoing one or more of the other facial procedures available at New Look New Life. 

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) addresses excess skin in the eyelids and bags under the eyes, and brow lift surgery (forehead lift) removes sagging skin in the eyebrows as well as wrinkles and lines on the forehead.

Additionally, it is important to understand that facelift surgery cannot restore lost volume in the face that often results from age. While dermal fillers and other injectable treatments can address some of these concerns in the face, a great option for restoring volume in the face is fat grafting or fat transfer to the face

With this procedure, liposuction surgery is used to harvest fat from an area of your body with excess fat (usually the stomach, hips, thighs, back, or buttocks). This fat is then processed and injected strategically into the face to help give you a fuller, more voluminous facial appearance that can help you look as young as you feel.

At your consultation, your board-certified cosmetic surgeon will discuss the benefits and your candidacy for these other procedures along with facelift surgery.

Facelift Surgery in Manhattan and Westchester

If you have questions about facelift surgery or any of the other procedures that we offer at New Look New Life in New York City, give us a call at 646-559-2854 or contact us online — make sure to select either the Manhattan office or the Westchester office.