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What is the best age to have a Facelift?

Posted on: May 25th, 2017

Everyone asks, “What is the BEST age to have a Facelift?”

(Or best age to consider an Eyelid Lift or other Facial Rejuvenation Surgery)?

What is the best age to get a facelift?  There is no set best age as everyone is different. However, there are several benefits to having a facelift earlier than later, particularly if you find yourself concerned with facial ageing and you’ve already explored your non-surgical alternatives.

Why you may be better off having a facelift earlier than later

Best timing for a Facelift:  How to tell WHEN a facelift BEST suited for you.

A lot of our communication with others is subtle and non-verbal.  Whilst there’s no best age, many people do find that ageing changes their interactions with others.  You, too, may have noticed that people react to you just a bit differently as you show more prominent signs of facial ageing.

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You can’t stop the clock but you can turn it back a few years – sometimes as much as 8 years according to a recent study on facial rejuvenation – with facial rejuvenation surgery.

  • Whilst you cannot fully turn back the clock, nor stop the ageing process, facial rejuvenation surgery often gives you a fresher look.
  • For some people, getting a facelift can help give them a boost in their appearance confidence, which can also have an impact on their relationships and interpersonal interactions with others.

The primary benefits of a Facelift will vary from person to person and will depend on your skin as well as your procedure.

However, many patients find that having a firmer looking jaw area and firmer, smoother face can make a pleasing yet natural difference in their appearance.

That’s because it is often the sagging jowls or chin and neck area that gives away one’s age.

For some people, signs of ageing may start to interfere with different aspects of their life, such as self-confidence or appearance confidence, relationships and even career prospects.

If these are of concern to you, and you’ve tried non-surgical options but they are falling short of your rejuvenation goals, then it might be time to explore the Facelift surgery option.

Everyone is unique so there is no BEST AGE for getting a facelift procedure.

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But there are some benefits to having a Facelift at a younger age than later in life.

Facial Ageing varies from person to person (and so, too, will the results of a Facelift).  Here are a few things to think about in terms of contemplating facial rejuvenation procedures:

  • Facial ageing is inevitable, yet facial ageing affects people in different ways.
  • You may decide to have a Facelift at a younger age if you have seemed to age earlier than your peers.
  • You may want to explore your surgical options if you hope to restore and/or maintain a more youthful appearance for personal or professional reasons.
  • You may consider surgical options if you have tried non-surgical approaches and remain unsatisfied with the results, or if the non-surgical options are becoming ineffective as you continue to age.

However, despite everyone ageing, everybody is different and no two people will age exactly the same – not even identical twins (they may age quite similarly, but there is usually some degree of variance).


Finding YOUR best age for a Facelift involves assessments, consideration, and trying non-surgical approaches first.

Something to consider about before you Book a Facelift Consultation

Step One:  Ask yourself how long have you been looking older than you’d like to appear?

  • Have you tried other treatments such as non-surgical solutions (creams, anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers or other volumisation treatments)?
  • Has this been on your mind for some time?
  • Some non-surgical treatments can promote a youthful look for a period of time – but usually, this is not long lasting, and eventually it becomes less productive or less effective than you’d like.
  • Eventually, Facelift surgery may be the best solution for facial ageing.
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If conservative treatments are not working for you, or aren’t an option for you, then a surgical facelift procedure may end up being your best solution.

Again, the best age for a facelift is very independent and unique to each person.

It varies significantly from person to person.

  • Some people have signs of premature ageing at a younger age.
  • Others can maintain a good appearance for longer.
  • A facelift can be considered at any age at which your facial appearance has become a concern for you.

So the best age to get a facelift, neck lift, eyelid lift, brow lift or other facial rejuvenation surgery is really is an individual matter.

Studies have shown you can reduce the appearance of facial ageing by up to 8 years. That’s a really significant amount of turning the clock back.

With Dr Barnett’s individualised approaches to facial rejuvenation surgery, including Facelift surgery and eyelid surgery, he aims to give you a younger, refreshed yet natural look that doesn’t look overdone.

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Step Two – Get an individual Assessment with a Specialist Facelift Surgeon (FRACS Qualified Plastic Surgeon)

An individual assessment needs to be considered in planning for facelift surgery.

  • There is no set best age for getting a facelift procedure.
  • It really depends on each person and how they’ve aged.
  • It also depends on whether or not the person has found that ageing has impacted their self confidence, career choices, partner choices or relationships.
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 Step 3: If you decide to have a facelift, learn how to best prepare for it for optimal healing and recovery.

When it comes to planning for a facelift, there are usually a few things to consider for optimal healing and positive outcome.  When you book a consultation with Dr Barnett, he and his Patient Care Coordinators can assist you in planning the best time of year for you to have surgery. For example, many patients work their surgery around a slower time at work, or when they have child care and extra help at home. But events are also part of the planning process for many patients.  Is there a reunion, wedding, anniversary or other special event coming up?  Do you want to look a bit younger before you have your next professional photography session? You want to allow enough time to fully heal before a major event or photography session.

We recently interviewed Dr Geoff Barnett, a Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon who focuses on Facelift procedures and body contouring surgeries.

We asked him to describe the reasons its better to get a facelift at a younger age than when older.

Here’s what we discovered.


3 Reasons its better to get a facelift earlier than later

  • If your appearance is interfering with your lifestyle or career prospects or impacting your self-confidence.
  • If your skin laxity is such that you have jowls; jowls can give give you a sad or tired appearance.
    • Your skin texture, collagen and fibroblasts are healthier when you’re young – meaning you’ll tend to get a longer lasting result than when you’re older.
  • When you are younger, smaller surgical corrections may get you better, longer-lasting results than more extensive surgery procedures when you are older.

Am I too old for a Facelift?

Finally, Facelifts can be performed at any age as long as your health allows.

If you’re a healthy patient or suitable candidate for Surgery, you can have a Facelift at nearly any age.  But many people find they have chronic illnesses as they get older, or are on more medications or have slower healing capacity. That may be another reason that having a facelift younger might be beneficial for some patients.  They may simply heal a bit more readily or have fewer risks of slower healing.

So there are certain benefits to having a facelift earlier rather than later, as Dr Barnett described during his interview with Maven at Cosmetic Surgery for Women.

To summarise the benefits of an early age facelift:

  1. An early Facelift can improve your facial appearance if you’re unhappy with how you look (or if signs of ageing seem to be impacting your career choices, relationships or confidence levels);
  2. You may be able to choose a less extensive procedure than if you wait until your skin laxity or other signs of facial ageing are quite severe;
  3. You can typically get a longer lasting result that you’ll enjoy for longer.

Are you considering a Facelift or Neck lift or Eyelid Lift?

  • If you are interested in having a Facelift, Necklift, Eyelid Surgery or other facial enhancement surgery, Dr Barnett will be happy to discuss your concerns and options with you.
  • He is known for giving patients sound, honest advice.
  • You will appreciate his extensive knowledge, his caring, friendly and empathetic nature, and his dedication to post-surgery patient care excellence as you heal from your procedure.

You are also welcome to attend one of Dr Barnett’s Event Presentations (ask for details).

You can reach Dr Barnett’s Hawthorn Clinic in Melbourne on (03) 8849 1444 to schedule a confidential consultation to asses if this is the best time for you to pursue a Facelift or other rejuvenation procedure.

Dr Barnett’s offices in Hawthorn East are located at the Cosmetic Surgery For Women & Men Clinic at 759 Burwood Road between Burke Road and Camberwell Road.