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Is 40 Too Young for a Facelift?

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A 40-year old considering a facelift? Years ago, this was unheard of. Now, with the ever-growing importance of image in our society and the greater acceptance of cosmetic surgery, facial rejuvenation procedures have become more common in younger crowds. The evolution of facelift techniques and supplementary procedures, along with new statistical data, have made facelifts more desirable and less drastic.

In general, most people younger than 40 are not early facelift candidates, but the age bracket for those undergoing facial rejuvenation procedures has shifted. Then, most candidates were about 55 years and older, and now they commonly range between 40 and 45 years old. According to a featured article on Dr. Calabria’s website, a facelift can now be used as a preventative measure to maintain a more youthful appearance for a longer period of time.

A facelift, or “rhytidectomy,” is intended to noticeably improve the visible signs of aging of the face and neck. These signs can range from loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin to deep creases that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth or below the lower eyelids. Previously, the typical facelift sculpted and redistributed facial fat and tissue, pulling the skin in a high lateral direction from incisions in the hairline at the temples and down around the ears. This often created the unnatural “windswept” appearance. Now, a vertical facelift can be performed through two discreet incisions in strategically-placed positions. This type of limited-incision facelift method entails the use of shorter incisions at the temples, around the ears, and possibly within the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.
According to a study in the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients under 50 who had a facelift have better long-term results than older patients. The younger patients had more consistent and higher satisfaction rates with both their short-term and long-term results. Certainly not all 40-year olds are good candidates for facelifts, but if you are interested in this procedure it is best to discuss it sooner rather than later. Dr. Calabria does not perform this procedure on those younger than 35 years old.
Some facelift patients also opt for a brow lift (forehead lift) and eyelid surgery to be performed in conjunction with a facelift in order to eliminate a sagging or deeply furrowed brow and/or to refresh aging eyes.

To schedule a consultation with our board certified surgeon, Dr. Calabria, please call (310) 777-0069.

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