When Is the Right Time for a Facelift? The Best Surgical & Nonsurgical Treatments for Each Stage of Aging

Wondering if now is the right time to look into a facelift? Here at our San Francisco Bay Area practice, board-certified facial plastic surgeons Dr. David Lieberman and Dr. Sachin Parikh help people of all ages look and feel like their most youthful and vibrant selves. A facelift is often a part of that, but there are also quite a few treatments available for treating different phases of aging with minimized downtime.

While the treatment approach is different for everyone, the goal is always the same: helping you look and feel your very best. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the best anti-aging treatments for every stage of the aging process.

Early Signs of Aging

Many people start to notice signs of aging in their 30s and early 40s, including mild loss of volume, faint wrinkles, and photodamage. However, we also see people in their 20s who are taking a preventative approach to anti-aging.

Best Treatments

  • Chemical peels: Carefully formulated solutions peel away layers of damaged skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath.
  • Dermal fillers: Injectable dermal fillers add volume in specific areas to smooth indentations or enhance contours.
  • BOTOX® and Dysport®: These injectable neurotoxins relax the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles like frown lines and crow’s feet.
  • Forever Young BBL™: Reverse sun damage and rejuvenate your skin with this gentle light-based treatment.

Moderate Signs of Aging

Treating signs of aging starts to become a priority for many people when they reach their late 40s and early 50s. It’s typical to experience a noticeable loss of volume, deeper wrinkles, and increasing skin laxity.

Best Treatments

  • Nonsurgical facelift: This multifaceted nonsurgical approach combines injectables, Ultherapy®, FaceTite, and laser skin resurfacing as needed to address multiple signs of aging at once.
  • Morpheus8 RF microneedling: The combined benefits of dermal remodeling and collagen induction therapy give your skin and tissues a tightening lift.
  • Deep plane facelift: In some cases, you may be ready for surgery at this stage. If your signs of aging are not severe, your doctors may recommend a mini facelift (also called a lower facelift and neck lift) to give you results with less downtime than a full deep plane facelift. Learn all about the mini facelift in this blog post.

Advanced Signs of Aging

At some point in their 50s, most people begin to notice their faces changing more dramatically. Common concerns include multiple deep wrinkles or folds, skin drooping, jowls, and a more severe loss of volume. At this point, surgery is often the most efficient and effective solution.

Best Treatments

The deep plane facelift is the gold standard for facial rejuvenation at this stage. Depending on the concerns you’d like to treat, you can combine your facelift with other procedures, such as:

The Benefits of a Custom Treatment Plan

Everyone experiences aging at their own rate and in their own way, so your best treatment may include a custom combination of surgical and nonsurgical procedures. It’s always best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon you trust (or, at our practice, two board-certified facial plastic surgeons you trust) to determine the best treatment plan to help you look and feel your best.

To see examples of what is possible with many different anti-aging procedures, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about getting a facelift, mini facelift, or nonsurgical facelift at our San Francisco Bay Area facial plastic surgery practice in Palo Alto, please contact us online or call (650) 327-3232.

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