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There is no “rite of passage” age to get a facelift. As with most cosmetic surgeries, it is up to you when you want to undergo a facelift. However, there are various factors with this surgery that help determine when the right time is for you to receive this cosmetic procedure.

Age, gravity, weight gain, smoking, and other avoidable and non-avoidable factors play into how your face appears. Over time, you naturally lose elasticity in your skin, causing the skin to eventually droop. Small lines and deep wrinkles tend to develop as well. A facelift can lift the droopiness in both the face and neck, as well as smooth out facial wrinkles. With modern technology and surgical techniques, a facelift is designed to make you look as natural as possible. The objective of this procedure is to restore a youthful, contoured look to your face without looking like you have had a dramatic change in your appearance.

When you undergo a facelift at a younger age, around 40’s or 50’s, your results may last longer because you have more elasticity in your skin. Usually during these ages, you will notice that the youthful, plump look to your face has slimmed and you may develop a droopy look in your cheeks and neck. By getting a facelift at this age, you will have a shorter healing time than if you waited for an older age. However, many patients get a facelift in their 60’s, 70’s, and even 80’s to bring back youth to their facial features. It is just as common to get a facelift at these older ages as it is for those who get it in their 40’s and 50’s. There are some obstacles that you have to jump if you do decide to get a facelift when you are older, such as loss of skin elasticity and deeper wrinkles. It may be more difficult for the facelift to appear natural, and your healing time may be increased.

Getting a facelift is a personal decision, and one of the most important factors that play into whether or not you should undergo this procedure is that you are mentally prepared for the procedure. Your physical and mental health is always top of the charts in terms of importance when making the decision to have any kind of cosmetic surgery.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and you are interested in receiving a facelift, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. Pasadena cosmetic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole, MD, FACS can evaluate your individual case and decide if a facelift is a good option for you.