Am I Too Old for a Facelift?
Patients considering facelifts run the gamut on the age scale. While patients as young as their 40s may begin to consider procedures to address skin laxity and facial creases, other patients wait until much later in life to start thinking about plastic surgery. What is the best age for a facelift? It turns out that age is little more than a number when it comes to determining whether a facelift is appropriate for you.
Common Age for Facelift
Early facelifts, which often gave an unnatural, pulled appearance, were primarily designed for men and women in their 50s and 60s. As the procedure evolved into one that produced a more natural appearance, the surgery began to appeal to some patients in their 40s who were showing early signs of aging. Today, while most facelift patients continue to be between the ages of 50 and 69, the age range for this procedure has broadened considerably.
Thanks to advances in the safety and efficacy of facelift procedures, patients in their 70s and even their 80s are now seeing the benefits offered by a facelift. When a surgeon evaluates a patient for this procedure, other factors become a higher priority than the patient’s age.
What to Consider
When Dr. Madnani evaluates a potential candidate for a facelift, age is not the first factor he considers. Instead, he looks at the following variables:
- The patient’s overall health
- Expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Medical history and current medical conditions
- Reasons for wanting a facelift
- Psychological health of the patient
In 2011, Cleveland Clinic did a study to determine whether older women faced higher risks when undergoing a facelift. Researchers tracked 216 facelift patients over three years to determine if age played a role in complications after surgery. They found that women over the age of 65 without significant health concerns did not have any higher risk for complications than younger women who underwent the same procedure.
While screening is essential for assuring a safe procedure for older patients, another important factor to consider is expectations. When a 75-year-old patient wants to look 40 again, chances are the results of the facelift surgery will not be satisfying. However, if that same 75-year-old patient wants to look younger – or simply look their best for their age – a facelift may be just the ticket. In general, a facelift will take about 10-15years off your appearance.
Facelifts offer an effective way to achieve a refreshed, more youthful appearance at any age. To learn more about this procedure, contact Dr, Madnani’s office at 212-203-8591.