What is the Best Age for a Facelift?

Healthy skin projects youthfulness and your face is no exception. Daily life stresses, prolonged sun exposure, and aging all contribute to the onset of wrinkles, aging spots, etc. As those conditions worsen and become permanent, you will begin to look older than you are. Skin deterioration in your face can also wreak havoc on your self-confidence.

If you feel like your face is showing an older, less vivacious version of you, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. The medical term for a facelift is a rhytidectomy and over 123,000 were performed in 2019 alone. Facelifts typically last for about 10 years.

Understanding What a Facelift Does

As the skin ages, it loses its elasticity. This can result in everything from conspicuous fine lines to excessive tissue on the jowls. Facelifts can remove excess tissue and tighten the skin for up to 10 years.

What You Need to Know Before Scheduling a Consultation

Most people wonder if there’s an optimal age for a facelift, or if they’re simply recommended at a certain age.

We’re here to say that’s not exactly the case. People in their mid-to-late 40s tend to see the best results. However, it depends on each person’s face and their individual conditions and/or goals. Most of our facelift patients are between their 40s and 60s.

No matter your age, people who are concerned with any or all of the following may be eligible for a facelift:

  • Under-eye wrinkles and bags
  • Deep crow’s feet or lines around the corners of the eyes or mouth
  • Excessive jowls
  • Excess fat in the neck

At the end of the day, a facelift is an invasive surgical procedure. Dr. Kovanda may not approve people who smoke or habitually misuse substances for surgery. In addition, if you have any conditions that will interfere with your ability to recover from surgery and/or wound healing, a facelift may not be right for you.

In your initial consultation, Dr. Kovanda will discuss your medical history as well as your aesthetic goals. Your goals need to be realistic and the first thing you need to realize is that it won’t perfectly turn back time. It can, however, take years or even decades worth of wear and tear off.

You will learn more about your facelift options during your consultation visit with the talented skincare specialists at Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery in Minneapolis.

The Many Techniques of a Facelift

Contrary to what you may assume, there are many options patients have when considering a facelift. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Kovanda can employ many techniques and surgical procedures to provide different results that are tailored to each patient.

Traditional Facelift

This is also called a full facelift. It removes and resculpts the excess skin and fat tissue on the mid face and neck. The incision is made at the hairline and ends down around the ears. If you’re also having your neck worked on, an incision will be made on your chin as well.

Mini Facelift

This is for refreshing or correcting saggy skin on the lower face. This is done with a limited incision. In general, the smaller the incision, the less dramatic the results, but the more easy it is to recover.

Neck Lift

Like the name suggests, this is work done on the neck area. It typically removes excessive fatty tissue and smooths out the skin.

Facelifts are often combined with other procedures, such as a brow lift, to achieve the most significant results, depending on your specific aesthetic goals.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you live in or near Minneapolis, Minnesota and are struggling with self-confidence issues due to looking older than you are, contact Dr. Kovanda at Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery. You can call our office at 612-979-2093 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today.

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