As a part of human evolution, society created many laws and set standards for appropriate behaviors and proper appearances. But when it comes to beauty standards, those “requirements” are pretty high. An increasing number of people worldwide choose to alter their looks by less invasive cosmetic interventions and sometimes invasive procedures such as plastic surgeries.
Whether one choses to take the less invasive route of laser procedures and dermal fillers or decides to dive deep into surgical alterations, it is a duty of a professional to consider the age and health condition of the patient. Decades ago, it was believed that plastic surgeries were for those over 60 years old, but statistics show that many undergo such procedures starting from their late twenties. Let’s understand if there is a need to do procedures at an early age and if there are any contraindications for those interventions.
Is there an ideal age for a facelift?
After a certain age limit, many begin to monitor their appearance more carefully, wanting to keep their youth as long as possible. Modern cosmetology offers many time-tested procedures that effectively restore skin turgor, nourish and moisturize the skin of the face. But there comes a time when cosmetic procedures become powerless.
When spa procedures no longer deliver the results people seek, people may think about a surgical facelift. This form of plastic surgery helps to dramatically tighten the oval of the face and return the youthful appearance people had at a much younger age.
When should you consider plastic surgery?
If talking about the average age of patients who apply for facial plastic surgery, their age is usually 40 and older. However, one should consider the age category and individual indications, soft tissues, and skin conditions during the operation. Usually, after 30 years, patients begin to think about radical methods of rejuvenation, as the first signs of aging become more pronounced: mimic wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin may appear on the face. However, at this age, all these troubles, as a rule, can be corrected in a beauty parlor using non-surgical procedures. In the period of 40-50 years, unfortunately, the production of collagen significantly decreases, which is so necessary to maintain the elastic framework of the skin of our face. Signs of aging become even more pronounced, and skin ptosis (sagging) increases. During this period, it is worth paying attention to the surgical methods of the facelift if the usual cosmetic procedures are no longer so compelling.
Facelift after 50 years
After 50 years, a few people can boast of elastic facial skin turgor and the absence of deep facial wrinkles. Even with all the love for a proper and a, no one will be able to deceive the biological clock. With age, the oval of the face loses its shape, the skin on the neck sags, the nasolabial folds increase, and unattractive “flaws” form in the lower part of the face.
If no surgical interventions have been performed to restore and rejuvenate the face before, one may consider a full facelift. A competent and experienced plastic surgeon will help determine the scope of the work and select the most effective method without harming the body.
A facelift can be partial, i.e., carried out in certain areas of the face or circular. A circular facelift implies a thorough operation to correct age-related changes. An experienced plastic surgeon evaluates the condition of the patient’s soft tissues, skin, and age to prescribe a specific correction zone:
An upper facelift is indicated for patients with apparent signs of sagging in the upper eyelids, eyebrows, and the presence of wrinkles on the forehead.
Mid-part facelift aims to combat bags under the eyes, eliminate deep nasolabial folds, and correct the signs of lost skin elasticity in the cheekbones and mouth.
A lower facelift is recommended for patients with problems of sagging cheeks, with the appearance of “fleece,” with a sagging chin and neck. With this method, you can quickly tighten the lower part of the face and return a clear oval.
Despite the patient paying attention to a particular part of the face that worries them the most, they need an integrated approach to facial rejuvenation. Correction of only one zone can give a temporary or incomplete result because the aging and omission of the tissues of the entire face occur evenly. Therefore, it is crucial to listen to the doctor’s recommendations so that you do not have to do the operation again in a couple of years.
So, when is facial plastic surgery most effective?
Professionals suggest not to wait for the signs of aging to spoil your mood every time you go to the mirror. You can cheat aging and keep youth at an earlier age.
Before plastic surgery began to gain momentum worldwide, everyone believed that a facelift was necessary only in the most advanced situations, not earlier than 60 years. Today, medicine offers various ways to preserve the youthfulness of the face, so patients undergo the first facelift at the age of 30-45 years. This choice is not without a logical basis since facial tissues begin to lose even more collagen at an older age, which means that the result will be less stable. Due to the skin’s elasticity, the outcome of the operation at an earlier age can please the patient for more than ten years, and the general state of health will make it easier to endure anesthesia and recovery.
It might be helpful to think about the idea that any cosmetic procedure or surgical operation aimed at an aesthetic result will be effective only if it is done on time. Some non-invasive techniques, which yielded great results in patients’ early thirties, may give no results in people over a certain age.
However, if surgical operations are a choice of treatment, it is vital to consider a patient’s medical history, previous surgeries, or injuries. A doctor needs to order extensive blood work and perform a complete health check before proceeding with the operation.