The primary aim of facelift surgery is to minimize the signs of aging in the face and neck, particularly the fat that has fallen, jowls, deep creases below the lower eyelids and between the corners of the mouth and nose, and sagging in the mid face.
In a 2011 survey released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients aged 55 years and older accounted for more than 65 percent of all facelift surgery. On the other hand, the procedure is not so common among people in their 40s with the belief that they are too young for this invasive procedure.
But is 40 really too young for facelift?
Dr. Tarick Smaili, one of the leading Los Angeles plastic surgeons, believe that age per se does not determine if one is a bad or good candidate for the procedure. In fact, he recommends it to younger patients who have already developed sagging skin and deep creases.
“Some people are prone to facial aging. Some are caused by genetic factors while others develop sagging skin after massive weight loss. It is not really necessary to wait until you reach your 50 or 60 to have a facelift.”
The world-renowned surgeon added that “early intervention” may be even more beneficial to some patients as those in their 40s tend to have a skin that is more elastic compared to older people, thus they could achieve a better result.
Another advantage of doing facelift surgery “earlier” than usual is that the patients could keep the procedure a secret as the transformation is only subtle.
On the other hand, older patients who receive facelift will most likely be asked about the reason for their visible transformation and the fact that their friends and family have already seen the severity of their sagging and facial creases.
But full facelift may be too invasive for forty-something, so plastic surgeons would most likely recommend “isolated” techniques like mid facelift, which targets the area around the nose and corners of the mouth, and the lower eyelids. This procedure is particularly ideal for younger patients who only need cheek elevation, while their neck and chin area do not require lifting.
If needed, a mid facelift is performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery and lower facelift, helping patients achieve a more youthful appearance. Meanwhile, non-surgical procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, medical-grade chemical peel, and dermal fillers could further improve the surgery’s result.