What is the best age for a facelift?
In an interview, Mrinal Supriya discusses the best age to have a facelift.
Laura Livesey: People get facelifts at different ages and for different reasons, and we talked about the three different kinds of facelifts in the other video. Can you tell us a little bit about what age most people get facelifts, and what are the different options?
Mrinal Supriya: Okay. That’s a very good question. So if you look at the ageing impact on the face, there are subtle changes before the age of 40 for most of us. Most of the patients that come to us for a facelift have more than just a subtle change, and they have very clear-cut appearances which they don’t like.
This usually happens after the age of 45 and is because of the impact of your genetics, gravity pulling things down, your lifestyle; such as smoking, alcohol, stresses, exposure to the sun, or if you have been through substantive weight loss. These factors have a significant impact beyond the age of 40 or 45, and lead to laxity of the muscle and stretched ligaments that make the ageing changes very apparent.
Most people who come to me for a surgical facelift are beyond the age of 45. There is a small minority which will come at an earlier age, probably in their 30’s, and these patients have very subtle changes. They might have excess fatty tissue, which can be addressed by either removal or liposuction, and they will probably benefit from a little bit of tightening of the underlying tissue. As I explained in one of my earlier videos, a SMAS lift can be done under local anaesthesia and is a much less extensive surgery than a deep plane facelift.
But by a large, most of the patients who come to me would be beyond the age of 45, and they would benefit from a comprehensive, deep plane face and neck lift.