It’s easy to think that there’s a right way to go about pursuing your cosmetic goals, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Each person’s needs are unique when it comes to anti-aging treatments or plastic surgeries like the facelift, which is why it’s important to always seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon. The right plastic surgeon will be knowledgeable and experienced in helping you explore the best options for your goals so you can achieve results that maintain the natural beauty that makes you unique. Here’s what to know about a facelift with Dr. Christopher Newman and the age at which you can benefit most.

What causes aging?

As the cosmetic industry grows, we understand more about the aging process. We now know that aging is primarily the result of two factors: volume loss and gravity. Volume loss refers to the process by which the supportive structures of the skin begin to deteriorate over time. When you’re young, the body constantly produces collagen to maintain tight, toned skin. As early as your 30s, your body begins to produce less collagen each year, causing the skin and underlying tissues to sag and sink. This loose skin and tissues can deepen folds and wrinkles as it falls. Gravity can intensify this impact over the course of a lifetime. There are other factors which can have an impact as well, including poor skincare habits, dehydration, sun damage, or smoking and alcohol.

Is it better to get a facelift when you’re younger?

There are a couple different approaches to getting a facelift. The first is undergoing a minor facelift when you’re in your 30s or 40s (sometimes called a mini facelift) that can put off the need for a more extensive facelift later on. Some patients even undergo subsequent mini facelifts every ten years or so for maintenance. The second approach is waiting until you’re in your 50s, 60s, or beyond and undergoing a more extensive traditional facelift combined with brow lift for more transformative results. There are pros and cons to each, but the first approach typically means less downtime and easier recovery while the second approach can take as much as 10 years off your facial profile.

What’s the best age to get a facelift?

This can be a difficult question to answer since everyone ages at different rates. A general rule is that you should consider a facelift when your non-surgical treatments no longer produce the results you want. That is, if you’ve been using treatments like BOTOX®, dermal fillers, or laser skincare treatments but aren’t satisfied with your results, it may be time to consider a surgical procedure or even a minimally invasive one like a thread lift. The important thing is consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon who can recommend your best options with a professional, knowledgeable opinion.

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