I always thought that having a facelift (or rhytidectomy) was the final push against aging. The last resort when all the creams, treatments, Botox, and fillers are no longer enough. The ultimate saggy skin eliminator.
And it is!
But, should we consider rather getting a facelift sooner than later?
More and more people are opting to go for mini facelifts in their 40s and 50s and the reasons make sense.
At this age, you are only trying to knock off 5-10 years so the results are a lot more natural-looking. The mini facelift is less invasive, sometimes only needing a local anaesthetic. And the recovery time is shorter.
But, if you leave it till you are older, your skin has already lost volume and elasticity. This means more tissue repositioning and adjustments, more excess skin removal. And a longer recovery. Older patients are trying to erase as much as 15-20 years in one go, so the results can be more dramatic. This is where the experience and skill of your plastic surgeon is so important to achieve results as natural as possible.
What is the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift?
A mini facelift addresses minor sagging skin on the lower face and neck of younger patients. A shorter incision is made and minimal skin tightening is performed. The results are the most natural-looking but not as long-lasting as a full facelift. This is most likely how our ageless celebs keep looking younger for longer.
A full facelift repositions facial tissue and fat and removes excess skin, restoring the cheeks, jawline and neck. The results are longer-lasting but recovery time is more than a mini facelift.
It’s good to note here that a facelift does not address the upper face. So, sometimes an eyelid lift or brow lift is combined for a full-face rejuvenation.
For some, the journey of growing older includes embracing the signs of wisdom etched on their faces. For others, it feels good to look good. And, if a little plastic surgery can boost your confidence then why not? It is your face and your right to decide.
So, whether you are planning for a facelift in the future or not, there are some smaller things that can delay the inevitable signs of aging.