Facelift surgery continues to be one of the most popular elective surgeries among men and women alike, and it’s easy to understand why. When we feel that our faces don’t reflect how we feel inside, it can impact our self-confidence. One of the most common questions patients ask in regards to facial rejuvenation is when the best time is for a facelift. The answer, however, may not be as straightforward as you think.
Everyone Ages Differently
Everyone ages at a different pace depending on genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle. Furthermore, times are changing, and the average facelift patient is getting younger as concerns with aging gracefully become more widespread and even middle aged men and women seek to halt early signs of aging in their tracks.
The Effects of Aging on the Face
When most people think about signs of facial aging, they think of one thing: wrinkles. Wrinkles are indeed indicators of age, but the qualities that have the biggest impact on our facial appearance are actually loss of facial volume and sagging skin. Wrinkles can be improved with skin care, chemical peels and BOTOX®, but facial volume is hard to regain once your face begins to thin, and sagging skin contributes to those deeper wrinkles that can’t always be improved with nonsurgical techniques.
The Ideal Facelift Candidate
Regardless of your age, if you’re concerned about facial aging you can keep an eye out for some signs that you may be a good facelift candidate. Drooping jowls indicate that your skin could use some lifting and tightening, while hollowed cheeks signal that your underlying muscles and tissues could benefit from lifting and reallocating volume. If your face feels deflated or your bone structure is too apparent, it may be the right time to schedule your facelift.