What’s the Best Age for a Facelift?

Older woman peering over her glasses

Older woman peering over her glassesMy approach to facial aging is to recommend the least invasive technique that will still deliver beautiful results, while respecting and complementing a patient’s individual features. While there is no “best age” for a facelift, people in different decades of life often have similar cosmetic concerns that can be addressed via nonsurgical treatments, facial cosmetic surgery, or a combination of both.


My patients in their 30s often benefit from nonsurgical treatments such as Ultherapy® skin tightening, injectable treatments like BOTOX®, JUVÉDERM®, and Belotero®, or a chemical peel to tackle fine lines and wrinkles. A surgical facelift is very rarely an appropriate procedure for people in this age group.


In your 40s, you may begin to see increasing sagging, wrinkling, and a deep-set look developing in the eye area. For the eyes, blepharoplasty surgery (eyelid lift) allows me to restore a refreshed, more alert appearance. Ultherapy® can tighten sagging skin on the jaw line or brows without surgery, and injectables remain good options for reducing the appearance of frown lines, wrinkles, and vertical creases around the mouth and lips.


By your 50s, you may be seeing more obvious and visible signs of aging, such as sunken cheeks, more loose skin along your jaw, and banded lines on your neck. An expertly performed facelift may be the right option to address all of these concerns together. Eyelid surgery remains a popular choice in this age bracket to tighten skin under the eyes and lift hooded eyelids.

60s and up

Many people in their 60s can see excellent results with a surgical facelift, and maintain those results with nonsurgical treatments. The goal of facial enhancement at this age is to create a refreshed appearance that still looks very natural. I take great care to use a light touch with facelift surgery, avoiding the telltale “too tight” or “windtunnel” look.

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