A classic aesthetic procedure is the face lift, which is performed to lift and tighten skin that has lost volume and elasticity as a result of the aging process. This treatment can effectively rewind the clock by several years. This procedure is commonly combined with eyelid surgery, neck lift, and even other aesthetic treatments. If you want significantly reduce visible signs of aging, then the aesthetic experts at Plastic Surgery Specialists of South Florida in Hollywood, FL will be happy to schedule a face lift procedure for you.
What Is the Best Age for a Face Lift?
In general, this procedure is only sought by people who have moderate to severe visible signs of aging. This can include deep fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Since your skin condition will need to be advanced to get the best results from this treatment, the best age for this procedure is between 40 and 60.
By around age 40, the collagen depletion that began in your 30s will be visible in the form of lines and wrinkles. As you continue to age, less collagen in the skin will allow these lines to deepen. Patients who are younger than 40 will likely not achieve significant results. If you do have visible signs of aging and you are younger than 40, then aesthetic treatments like dermal fillers may be a good substitute for a face lift procedure.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Aside from being in the right age range, what are other qualifications for people who are interested in this aesthetic procedure? In general, the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to attend a consultation appointment so a skin expert can examine the condition of your skin and go over your aesthetic goals.
This procedure is generally appropriate for people of all skin tones and types as long as they have advanced signs of aging, particularly skin laxity in the mid-face and around the eyes. Other signs you may be a good candidate for this procedure include:
You Are Healthy
It’s important that people who want to undergo surgery, even cosmetic surgery, are physically healthy. This is because general anesthesia and invasive techniques will be used throughout your procedure. People who are not in good general health may not be able to tolerate the techniques used to complete the lift procedure.
For this reason, during your consultation for this treatment, we will go over your medical history, including medical conditions, previous surgeries, and current medications you are taking. If you are not in good health, your surgery will need to be postponed.
Other Treatments Haven’t Worked
Occasionally, people in their early 40s may be considering this procedure instead of other aesthetic treatments because they are not getting the results they want from their non-surgical treatments. This is common for people who are experiencing deepening signs of aging even when treatments like dermal fillers and neurotoxins are used.
If other treatments haven’t produced the results you’re looking for, then a surgical procedure may be ideal even if you do not have severe signs of aging.
You Have Multiple Concerns
While a lift can tighten skin on the mid-face and upper neck, there may be other areas of your face and neck that can’t be treated with a simple lift or a combination of non-surgical treatments. For example, sagging brows may not respond to injectable treatments. If you have multiple aesthetic concerns, then it may make more sense to simplify your treatment with a single surgery rather than trying to combine multiple aesthetic treatments.
Furthermore, many patients choose to layer other surgical procedures with a face lift to achieve specific aesthetic results. This can include contouring the face, lifting the eyes and brows, and tightening skin on the neck after removing unwanted fat.
How Long Will Your Results Last?
One of the biggest advantages of surgical treatments is the fact that your results will last for a significantly longer period of time. In general, you can expect the results of this procedure to last for 7 to 10 years. This is because it will take several years before the natural aging process once again causes certain proteins and molecules in your skin to change.
Of course, many people who have this procedure younger in life can enjoy results that last for longer than 10 years. For example, people who use this procedure in their 40s may not need to repeat this treatment until their mid-50s. This is because the aging process for mature skin (60+) is faster than the aging process for the skin between the ages of 40 and 50.
Can You Enhance Your Results?
While it’s important to remember that nothing can actually stop the aging process, there are still a few ways you may be able to enhance the longevity of your results. Your genes will determine how quickly you age, how fast you can produce collagen, and how long the collagen in your skin will support the structure of your skin. But if you follow a few basic tips, you may be able to maximize your results for as long as possible before genetics and time catch up.
The time immediately after your surgical procedure is crucial to ensure you get the results you want from your treatment. You will need to follow a set of specific instructions after your procedure that will help you care for your skin while you are recovering.
For example, the temperature of the water you should wash with, how soon you can take a shower, and the best way to sleep will all be outlined in your aftercare instructions. Following these instructions will help you heal correctly after your treatment.
Skin experts suggest that premature skin aging is caused by unprotected sun exposure – in fact, the estimate is that 80 to 90% of skin aging is caused by UV exposure. For that reason, after your skin has healed, one of the best things you can do to ensure the longevity of your results is to be mindful of your sun protection.
During the daytime, you should wear SPF 30 to 40 when you plan to be outside or even if you will be sitting near a window. Sunscreen blocks UV rays from penetrating your skin cells and creating free radicals that rapidly age healthy cells. The more consistent you are with your daily sun protection, the longer your results will last and the better your results will be.
You might not think about it, but the weight you gain and lose on your body is often reflected on your face. For example, gaining weight can make your cheeks plusher, while losing weight can make your cheeks flatter. If you want to enjoy consistent results, then you should take care to maintain a healthy weight. Eating a balanced diet and getting daily exercise can go a long way to help you maintain your weight.
Of course, while a lift can be an incredible helping hand when it’s time to rewind the clock, the procedure can only accomplish a specific set of improvements. Lift procedures tighten the skin to eliminate lines, wrinkles, and laxity – but a lift procedure will do nothing to correct dark spots, broken capillaries, sun damage, or even certain dynamic wrinkles on the upper face.
This is why it’s a wise idea to incorporate other aesthetic treatments into your routine so you can treat superficial signs of aging. Facials can be ideal tools to regularly improve the tone and health of your skin so your complexion can always be glowing and youthful.
Finally, skincare products can be one of your greatest tools to slow the aging process down. Certain skincare products, such as ones formulated for anti-aging, can give your skin additional resources to stay firm and even-toned. Retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and collagen products can all plump your skin, fortify the structure of your skin, and reduce the signs of visible aging. Consistent use of these products after your procedure may help your results last longer.
Look and Feel Your Best With a Face Lift
A face lift is one of the most famously effective aesthetic procedures in the world. This anti-aging surgery can be used effectively by people who are aged 40 to 60, although people in their 40s may be able to enjoy the longest-lasting results. Please contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of South Florida in Hollywood, FL to schedule your consultation today.