Is it Too Soon for a Facelift?

When is the right time for a facelift?

In an article for Vogue Magazine,  Contributing Editor, Dodie Kazanjian writes an article titled “About Face” where she discusses the personal decision whether she is ready for a facelift.   Conventional thinking is to consider having a facelift when changes in your face begin to bother you.   The author quotes Dr. Patricia Wexler, the New York dermatologist to the stars as saying, “If you do a facelift in your 40’s, you are thrilled.   If you do it in your 50’s, you wonder why you waited.   But if you have a facelift in your 60’s, you say, ‘Why did I bother?’

There is actually some science behind those comments.   Patients that opt to have a facelift to address facial aging in their 40’s are generally very pleased with the subtle change, often described as looking refreshed.   Facial anatomy responds well to the surgery and healing requires minimal downtime at this age.   Many of my patients seem to fall into this category lately.

Some of my patients choose to go the filler and Botox route to buy some extra time before considering a facelift.   Most of these patients quickly tire of the repeat injections and consider a more permanent fix after a couple cycles, but some patients are quite satisfied with the routine.

Bottom line: It’s really never too late to consider a little Nipntuck.


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