You may gaze upon your visage in the mirror with dismay at the state of your face and neck. You want to look as young as you did a decade ago, but where should you begin? Would neuromodulators do the trick? What about dermal fillers? Is a cosmetic procedure necessary? At Tate Medispa in Lebanon, TN, we’d like to cut through all the confusion about anti-aging solutions. Today, we answer one of the most commonly asked questions, what is the best age to get a facelift?
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift, known in the medical community as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to lift sagging facial skin to provide a more youthful countenance. With over 133,000 procedures performed every year, this ranks as one of the most popular in the country for both men and women. However, there are several options to choose from. All these options may seem confusing or overwhelming, so we’d like to clear the air. Here is what you can expect from rhytidectomy:
Pan Facial Rejuvenation
Pan facial rejuvenation is also known as predictive aging. This incredibly comprehensive approach to lifting the face aims to achieve complete facial rejuvenation. While this technique may seem extreme if you show only a few signs of aging, it provides far more benefits and longer-lasting results than anti-aging solutions which address only the existing concerns.
Rather than simply lifting the cheeks or neck, it lifts the entire face. It results in a natural-looking, harmonious, very aesthetically appealing appearance. This will save you money and a lot of time in the long-run compared to coming in for several procedures as problems develop.
Which Procedures Are Involved in Pan Facial Rejuvenation?
During your initial consultation, we will assess the quality and health of your skin and review your unique aesthetic goals. From there, we will develop a customized treatment plan to address all your concerns. Common procedures and treatments included in pan facial rejuvenation include:
- Brow lift or forehead lift
- Fat transfer
- Lip lift
- Lip enhancement and rejuvenation
- Perioral rejuvenation
- Earlobe reduction
- Facelift and neck lift
How Long Does This Procedure Take?
Depending on the number of treatments and procedures performed during your pan facial rejuvenation, you can expect the process to take between six and 10 hours. It will take between three and six months to see the final results of your pan facial rejuvenation.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
For your first 24 hours post-op, do your best to avoid any physical activity. Take this time to enjoy some rest in bed with your favorite book or television show. Starting the second-day post-op, and through the seventh day, walk as much as you can. However, you should not engage in any strenuous activity.
At one month post-op, you will have no restrictions from your regular daily activities. However, you should still avoid strenuous activity until your sixth-week post-op. For the first six months post-op, take extra care to apply sunscreen every three to four hours when you go outside, even when it is overcast.
Am I a Good Candidate for Pan Facial Rejuvenation?
The best candidate for pan facial rejuvenation is in good general health, has fairly elastic skin and is ready for a dramatic transformation. This anti-aging solution is right for people who value their time and hard-earned money and prefer to have everything done at once.
Keep in mind, however, that even if the above applies to you, you may not be ready for a full facelift. For example, if you are a smoker, you will have to stop. If your skin is fairly lax, you may need platelet-rich plasma therapy combined with microneedling to heal, tighten and strengthen your skin for the best results.
SMAS or Deep Plane Rhytidectomy
The ligaments that hold your cheek fat in place form a facial layer known as the SMAS, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system. This system is essential for keeping your cheeks looking healthy and positioned appropriately. If you suffer from lax skin, mid-face sagging and sagging jowls, the SMAS, or deep plane, rhytidectomy may be just what you need to rejuvenate your appearance.
Results from this procedure typically last around 15 years. It works by the re-suspension and subsequent re-securing of the SMAS layer. This reverses skin laxity caused by gravity and aging. If you have excess skin caused by previous weight gain and subsequent drastic weight loss, this excess skin will be removed. The remaining skin is lifted into a youthful position.
What Else Is Included With This Procedure?
Salivary gland reduction, also known as submandibular gland reduction, very often accompanies rhytidectomy. This procedure involves the reduction of the salivary gland in your lower jaw to create a youthful, aesthetically appealing contour. Often, your salivary glands create a highly visible bulge that many adults would rather remove.
This procedure is completely safe as the submandibular gland is one of the smaller saliva glands. You will not experience “cotton mouth” or the inability to produce enough saliva. It is the other salivary glands under your chin and in your upper jaw which produce most of your body’s saliva.
Unfortunately, time waits for no man. No matter how satisfied you were with your primary rhytidectomy, signs of aging will eventually appear once more. Luckily, your secondary rhytidectomy is much easier for your surgeon to perform and the downtime will be drastically reduced.
If your skin is severely damaged from the sun, you received your first rhytidectomy in your late 50s or 60s, or you have very oily or dry skin, you may need your secondary rhytidectomy as soon as five years after your first one. However. most people find they do not need a maintenance rhytidectomy for 12 to 15 years after their initial procedure.
Is a Secondary Rhytidectomy the Same As a “Corrective Rhytidectomy” or “Rhytidectomy Revision”?
In a word, no. A secondary rhytidectomy differs completely from a corrective rhytidectomy. People seek a corrective rhytidectomy for many reasons. However, they can all be summarized by discontent with the results of their initial rhytidectomy. A secondary rhytidectomy is performed several years after a highly successful initial rhytidectomy.
Rhytidectomy for Men
It is not only women who experience the signs of aging. In fact, men are more likely to be self-conscious about their visible signs of aging and more keen on experiencing drastic results. At Tate Medispa in Lebanon, TN, we have extensive experience performing procedures on men. We understand the unique anatomical craniofacial differences between the underlying bone structures of male and female faces.
With our highly educated, thoroughly experienced aesthetic experts, you do not need to worry about your face being feminized during your rhytidectomy. Your results will appear completely natural, enhancing your natural appearance rather than making you look like someone else. Nobody will be able to tell that you’ve “had work done”.
Benefits of Rhytidectomy for Men
When performed by an expert cosmetic surgeon, rhytidectomy for men maintains and enhances your natural rugged, masculine aesthetic qualities. Via precisely placed fat transfer, natural-looking volume can be restored to sunken cheeks. This has the added benefit of removing excess fat from another part of your body, such as your chest or upper abdomen.
Excess fat around your chin or neck is removed while sagging skin is rejuvenated to create a firm, young-looking appearance. With a temple lift, you may also benefit from the lifting of the outside of your eyebrows. This is ideal for men who are not experiencing wrinkles, lines or folds between their eyebrows.
When Should I Undergo Rhytidectomy?
The best age to get a facelift is whenever you feel it is necessary. Gravity affects us all the same. However, other factors come into play which are unique to every individual. For example, excessive sun damage and smoking can lead to sagging skin, which could make a facelift necessary in your mid-30s. If you take vitamin A supplements daily, stay hydrated and don’t misuse alcohol, you may not need rhytidectomy until you’re in your mid-40s or mid-50s.
Which Solutions Are Most Effective When?
Depending on your aesthetic goals and the quality of your skin, you may find alternative treatments to be more suitable to achieving your goals than rhytidectomy. Or, you may find that you are the perfect candidate for rhytidectomy when you are considering one. The only way to determine the ideal anti-aging solution for you is an in-person consultation. However, we have extensive experience reversing the signs of aging in a wide range of clients. Here are some general guidelines:
Age 35 to 39
If you have a fairly healthy lifestyle, there’s a good chance that you won’t need rhytidectomy in your 30s. However, there are many effective anti-aging treatments that may be right for you depending on the signs of aging you are showing. Here are a few:
- Non-invasive dermal fillers
- Lip filler
- Collagen induction therapy
- Chemical peels
Age 40 to 49
For most people, the perfect time to get a facelift is between the ages of 40 and 49. At this age, facial skin is still fairly elastic but mild-to-moderate laxity is occurring and moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds are forming. In fact, if you undergo rhytidectomy and/or a neck lift at this age, your results will last closer to 15 years than 10.
A deep plane rhytidectomy is ideal for people with drastically sagging jowls, mid-face sagging and mild-to-severe skin laxity. Fat transfer, also known as fat injection or fat grafting, is another excellent treatment to have at this age. This treatment is most often used to fill out hollowed, sunken cheeks and add volume to the chin or lips.
After Age 49
After the age of 49, most people choose to have a follow-up rhytidectomy if they are healthy enough. Sometimes, this secondary rhytidectomy provides even more dramatic results than the first one, as the aging process has reversed the effects of the first procedure.
If you are between the ages of 50 and 69, a pan facial rejuvenation may be the right treatment for you. This treatment involves rejuvenating the entire face as well as the neck area.
Ages for Men
Regardless of gender, everyone ages differently. Both visible signs of aging and when these changes become apparent vary on a case-by-case basis. However, most men have the right skin quality and signs of aging to benefit from rhytidectomy between the ages of 40 and 65.
Take the First Step Towards a Youthful Countenance Today
While you can’t stop the aging process, you can take steps to reverse the visible signs of aging. It all starts with a phone call. To schedule your initial consultation, contact the professional aesthetic experts at Tate Medispa in Lebanon, TN today. We look forward to creating a customized treatment plan to help you retain or regain your youthful appearance.