Noticing the early signs of ageing is not something many people want to deal with. The reality is that everyone gets older at some point. As soon as you notice that your skin is sagging and wrinkles are starting to form, you can consider undergoing a facelift. You’ll want to speak to a professional such as Miguel Delgado, M.D., an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-versed in all of the surgical and non-surgical techniques required to correct the signs of ageing. During this consultation, you will get all the answers you need about what is best for your facelift situation.
At what age should a facelift be done?
Rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, is the medical term used to refer to surgical procedures used to remove the signs of ageing from the skin on the face, giving the recipient a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. There is no set age that medical professionals consider to be the appropriate age for a facelift. Anyone who starts to show the typical signs of ageing (crow’s feet, wrinkles around the eyes and other similar wrinkles) can have a facelift as long as there are no known health problems that could affect the prognosis of the surgery. However, most people consider the age range between 40 and 60 to be the right age for a facelift. This is when the signs of aging can be prominent. Also, those who tend to show the best results for a facelift are usually in this age range. To find out if you need a facelift, pay attention to the signs of ageing on your face and seek the professional advice of a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon.
Signs of facial ageing
Some significant signs of aging should indicate the need for a facelift if desired. Keep in mind that these signs start to appear for many people around age 30. However, how early you start showing signs of ageing depends on factors such as genetics, diet, general health, and other lifestyle habits. Signs of facial ageing include:
i) Fine lines and wrinkles: These are usually the most noticeable signs of ageing among all others. The skin contains some substances that are responsible for maintaining its lustre with smooth skin. These substances include elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid. As we age, the production of some of these substances begins to decline. This means fewer are produced, gradually forming furrows and wrinkles that deepen with age. It is estimated that these substances decrease by about 1% per year from the age of 25.
ii) Sagging Skin: Sagging skin on the face is usually prominent in most people in their 40s. For example, women may notice sagging around the lips and nasolabial folds when they put on makeup. If you have naturally sunken eyes, the sagging skin around them can contribute to it, leaving you with a sad and tired appearance. Smoother, plumper skin is due to the collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid present in the skin. The gradual loss of these substances leads to sagging because there is not enough volume under the skin. The reduced flow of nutrients to the skin is a natural progression of age that further exacerbates sagging.
iii) Loss of elasticity: The skin of younger people is smoother and firmer due to the abundance of elastin and collagen. When these substances decline with age, the formation of normal tissue layers in the skin is disrupted. Decreased levels of hyaluronic acid also contribute to dry skin, exacerbating the loss of elasticity.
What type of facelift do I need?
Depending on the condition of your skin and the degree of sagging and wrinkles, you may need a full facelift. This is the most popular form of facelift. It will restore your jawline if the appearance has become blurred due to sagging skin and fat loss in the centre of the face. It also removes excess skin around the cheeks and neck to give you a more youthful appearance. A surgeon begins the incision in the temple area just above the ears to lift and reposition the skin. This incision surrounds the earlobe as it progresses toward the jawbones. Experienced plastic surgeons can hide incisions in other natural folds around the face.
Mini facelifts are usually performed on younger people to remedy minor skin folds.
Ultimately, the right age to have a facelift will depend on your particular situation.
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