What age is best to get a facelift?

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.

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Laura Livesey: I’m sure there are many things, and it’s very particular to the individual, but what is the number one complaint or frustration that people over the age of 45 come to you with?

Mrinal Supriya: It is a very important question because for patients to understand whether a facelift is appropriate for them, depends not just on the physical changes of their face, but also the impact it has on their mental wellbeing. You should not be someone who thinks that a facelift is going to change your life. It will not. It is actually the other way around. You should be someone who is comfortable with the way they are.

However, if you feel that your body image is not right, that your face looks tired and not that energetic, you possibly look angry, then elevating these physical things would give you more self-confidence, and they will appear more energetic and healthier.

Most of the people would lose the well-defined jawline because, as I said, the tissues hang back. In these cases, these are the discreet physical changes that we can offer to augment and get your face looking more energetic and fresher.

It is important that there are physical changes that both you and the surgeon can identify, and you have the appropriate mindset to get the best out of it.

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About the expert

Mr Mrinal Supriya | Facial Cosmetic Surgeon


Mr Mrinal Supriya is a Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon with a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery. He is among 30 cosmetic surgeons who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons’ voluntary registration scheme – a professional body that works to advance surgical practice and patient care.

Mr Surpriya has previously worked in top hospitals around the world including the UK, Australia and the USA. He has also spent time with Dr Andrew Jacono who has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the USA.

In the UK, Mr Supriya has worked as an ENT Consultant at Northampton General Hospital & St. George’s University Hospital, London as well as Ninewells University Hospital, Dundee.

Mr. Supriya’s clinical interests are minimal-access facial cosmetic procedures with a further expertise in Deep Plane Facelift and Rhinoplasty. By focusing his cosmetic practice solely to the face, Mr Supriya has developed super-specialised skills and achieved extremely reliable results with high patient satisfaction.

Mr. Supriya is able to provide comprehensive expertise that can only come from super specialisation: eyelid rejuvenation, nose job, endoscopic brow, face and neck lift, lip rejuvenation, cheek rejuvenation, ear surgery, chin surgery, buccal fat pad resection and skin treatments.

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