Too Soon for a Facelift?

Is it ever too soon to consider undergoing facial rejuvenation surgery?   In the past, traditional facelifts were reserved for older women.   There are several ways to look at whether there are advantages to having a little Nipntuck in the mid-30’s.

As with all cosmetic surgery procedures that address aging, the desire for a more youthful and freshened appearance represents a personal choice.   Considering a “mini-lift” to fix milder facial sagging is appropriate in certain conditions.   While it is not as long-lasting as an extensive facelift, the more temporary Nipntuck may postpone the time when more traditional facelift is warranted.   Patients often report that their goal is to maintain their youthfulness rather than wanting a big change.   For these patients, this procedure is an appropriate choice.   Younger women generally experience a quicker recovery, which is also appealing.

It is important to understand that severe jowls, notably sagging skin and deep wrinkles can only be fixed with a traditional facelift.   However, these changes do not occur uniformly with any particular age.   A less extensive procedure provides only a minor change, which is short-lived in a patient with these significant changes.  The mini-lift does not provide a stable result and the skin begins to sag again.  Temporary change can be misleading and patients often become discouraged when the results diminish quickly.

My advice to patients considering when to have a facelift is based on their expectations and my evaluation following examination.  I find that the words that describe a particular procedure can be off-putting.  So while it is understandable not to embrace changes while we age, patients often wince at hearing me recommend  facelift.     But no matter what the name, there is evidence that looking good is closely related to feeling good.

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