I am 41 and have an ‘old face’, is it too early to consider a full lift?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A Q. I am 41 and have an ‘old face’, is it too early to consider a full lift? How many facelifts can one have before looking augmented and loosing characteristics? Lasers etc. just seem like little hope and lots of dollars. I don’t want to reach 55 and be considering my 3rd lift! What are my solutions? A. We all age differently based on numerous factors such as heredity, genetics, weathering, environmental chemical exposure, personal illness and others. ​ ​Chronological age is not the factor when a facelift is performed but your physical age; particularly when skin becomes redundant and facial soft tissues become lax and sagging. ​ ​In general:
  • ​non-surgical options such as retinoids, lasers and peels will exfoliate and improve the regulation of skin function from the outer layers of the skin.
  • ​minimally invasive injectables will fill or plump the soft tissues and therefore expand the overlying skin folds and lines
  • ​surgical procedures such as a facelift will elevate and redrape the sagging soft tissues (fat, muscles and connective tissues deep to the skin, and drape and excise the extra skin upwardly.
​ ​A facelift generally will last 7 to 10 years. The younger you are when it is done, the longer it usually lasts. ​You are also in better medical shape and the tissues in better structural shape to provide a faster recovery and better result. ​ ​Consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to best understand your desires to reach your goals. ​ ​I wish you the very best!
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