For the vast majority of men and women, the first signs of aging begin to appear on the face in the form of lines, wrinkles, and sun-related damage. This typically happens as we reach our 30s and 40s when collagen begins to break down, and the skin starts to lose some of its elasticity, though some people notice signs of aging as early as their 20s! No matter when it happens, facial aging can be discouraging and make you feel less attractive, less confident, and less comfortable in your own skin. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery offers a wide array of both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options that can keep you looking younger for longer!
Among the most popular and effective anti-aging procedures is, undoubtedly, the facelift. While facelift surgery can produce dramatic and life-changing results, patients in their 30s and 40s often feel that they may be too young for a facelift. The exceptional team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA understands the significance of undergoing plastic surgery and is committed to helping Northern Virginia facelift patients choose the most appropriate treatment option – and the most appropriate timing – to help them achieve their ideal results.
What is a facelift?
Facelift surgery is a complex and intricate cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the patient’s appearance through a combination of different techniques, including skin removal, fat removal, tissue manipulation, and others. The primary goal of facelift surgery is to make the patient appear younger and more refreshed. The expert plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston also take great care to ensure that facelift patients achieve a natural-appearing outcome and look like a more youthful version of themselves.
What is the best age for facelift surgery?
Because everyone ages at different rates, there is truly no single age – or even decade – that is considered the best age to get a facelift. However, many men and women begin to start exploring facelift surgery around their 50s or 60s, when the skin begins to become noticeably lax, and more significant signs of facial aging begin to appear. Some of the most common signs and symptoms that may mean you are ready to think about facelift surgery include:
- Deep lines and wrinkles
- Deep facial folds
- Tired or angry appearance
- Drooping brow
- Downturned mouth
- Sagging jowls
- Excess skin/fat under the chin
- Loss of facial volume
- Poor jawline contour
Many patients utilize nonsurgical therapies, such as injectable fillers, BOTOX®, chemical peels, and more, to treat early signs of aging. However, as the aging process continues, these treatments may no longer be enough on their own to produce the patient’s desired outcome. When patients begin to notice that their normal treatment routine isn’t giving them the results it once did, it may be time to think about more extensive options, including facelift surgery.
Can I get a facelift at 30?
While getting a facelift in your 30s is quite rare, it can be done. However, the overwhelming majority of younger patients find that nonsurgical treatments, like a liquid facelift, are highly effective for combating the early signs of aging and keeping them looking their best throughout their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Some of the most popular nonsurgical treatment options for patients who are relatively young but still have concerns about aging include:
- Injectable dermal fillers
- BOTOX® wrinkle relaxer
- Liquid facelift (combination of injectable treatments)
- Chemical peel
- Laser skin resurfacing
For patients who have more severe signs of facial aging in their 30s but aren’t quite ready for a full facelift, a less extensive surgical option may be appropriate. The knowledgeable team at Austin-Weston is proud to offer the most innovative and effective facial procedures to help patients of any age look – and feel – their best. If you are interested in something more substantial than nonsurgical treatments but less extensive than a full facelift, you may be a good candidate for a mid-facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, or another procedure.
How long does a facelift last?
As with any cosmetic surgery, the results of a facelift can vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, facelift patients can appear up to ten years younger and often enjoy their new look for up to ten years after surgery. To preserve and prolong your facelift results, it is important to avoid sun exposure, practice routine skin care, maintain a healthy diet, and take advantage of additional in-office maintenance treatments.
Am I a good candidate for a facelift in Northern Virginia?
Most men and women who are healthy, do not smoke, have significant signs of facial aging, and have a fair amount of remaining skin elasticity can be considered for facelift surgery. However, with the multitude of facelift techniques and approaches available, it is important to be evaluated by a highly qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable plastic surgeon to determine which specific procedure is most appropriate for you.
If you are ready to take the first step toward turning back the clock and restoring a more youthful appearance with facelift surgery or a nonsurgical alternative, call the friendly team at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA to schedule your consultation with one of our renowned board-certified plastic surgeons. We are proud to also offer virtual consultations for patients who prefer the convenience and privacy of their own homes. Don’t let aging get you down any longer; call us today!