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Should You Get A Facelift Or Thread Lift At Age 50?

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A common misconception is that facelift surgery is reserved for patients in their 60s and 70s. In reality, countless men and women choose to undergo a surgical facelift, in one form or another, at a much younger age. Some of these younger patients use a facelift to get ahead of the aging process at the first sign of lines and wrinkles, while others simply begin to experience the symptoms of aging earlier than most. However, the caring team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery fully understands that some patients may not feel ready, willing, or able to undergo extensive surgery in their 40s and 50s. For these men and women, thread lift may be a fantastic solution that provides the rejuvenating effects of facelift without the expense, downtime, and recovery. Learn more about both procedures here, and discover whether facelift or thread lift in Northern Virginia may be right for you.

What does a facelift do?

Facelift surgery offers a long list of benefits for patients of almost any age who are looking to restore a more youthful, refreshed look. The primary goal of a surgical facelift is to turn back the clock, rejuvenate the face, and achieve a beautiful outcome that still looks natural. In fact, many patients can look up to ten years younger with facelift surgery! The experienced surgeons at Austin-Weston are proud to offer customized procedures to help address the specific concerns of each patient, including full facelift, mid-face lift, brow lift, and others. Some of the most common signs of aging that can be improved with facelift surgery include:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Deep facial folds
  • Sagging jowls
  • Drooping brow
  • Loose skin
  • Lines around the mouth and eyes
  • Lost volume in the cheeks
  • Excess fat under the chin and neck
  • Tired or angry appearance

How long does a facelift last?

The results of facelift surgery can be enjoyed for many, many years, though patients should keep in mind that the aging process will continue. To maintain and prolong the outcome of a facelift for as long as possible, many patients utilize additional cosmetic treatments, including injectables.

What is a thread lift?

Thread lift, sometimes called a lunchtime lift thanks to its convenience, is an innovative nonsurgical procedure designed to lift the skin and create subtle, yet striking, enhancements similar to those of a facelift. During a thread lift procedure, which can be performed using topical numbing or local anesthesia and typically takes less than an hour, a series of tiny needles and fine threads (sutures) will be inserted into targeted locations on the face. The surgeon will then carefully and precisely pull the sutures to lift the skin before securing them. These dissolvable sutures will not be visible, and there is no scarring associated with thread lifting, making this a wonderful option for patients concerned about discretion.

How long does a thread lift last?

Thread lifting results can last for up to a year or longer in most cases. Some patients may require a touch-up procedure, and the use of injectable dermal fillers or wrinkle relaxers can also help extend thread lift results.

Should I get a thread lift or facelift in my 50s?

The choice between thread lift and facelift is ultimately a personal decision, but the guidance of a qualified and knowledgeable surgeon can be extremely helpful in understanding which procedure may be most appropriate for you. There are several things to consider when deciding whether to undergo surgical facelift or nonsurgical thread lift, including:

  • Nature of concerns
  • Severity of concerns
  • Personal goals
  • Available downtime
  • Finances

Because everyone ages at different rates, some patients in their 50s may be more than ready for a facelift, while others can achieve their desired outcome with a less invasive procedure like thread lifting. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your goals, answer all of your questions, and help determine whether facelift or thread lift may be the most fitting option for your particular needs.

Look and feel better with cosmetic surgery or nonsurgical treatments in Northern Virginia

If you have been looking for a solution to reduce the signs of aging but aren’t quite sure you’re ready for surgery, there may be another option. To learn more about the exciting array of surgical and nonsurgical anti-aging treatments available at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, call our friendly team in Reston, VA today to schedule your consultation with one of our renowned board-certified plastic surgeons!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.