Am I Too Old for a Facelift?

Time has a habit of slipping away. Maybe you considered a facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, when you were younger, but now you’re worried you’ve waited too long. What age is too old for a facelift? 

You may be surprised to learn that facelifts can be as safe at 75+ as they are at 50. If you’re considering this facial rejuvenation surgery, come see us and explore your options, whatever your age. You’re not too old for a facelift. 

Health Matters More than Age

Age is merely a number. Your overall health is much more important than how many years you’ve been alive. Some patients aren’t a good fit for plastic surgery in their 40s while others are great candidates in their 70s. 

Our plastic surgery consultations are very in depth and always include a medical history review. Dr. Clinton will ask you about prior surgeries, current health and medical conditions, medications and supplements, and allergies. We don’t usually need official medical documents, but feel free to bring them if you have them. Some patients may need additional pre-surgery testing. 

Patient safety is our priority. We won’t recommend facelift surgery if we don’t believe it is a safe option for you. Our operating facility is AAAASF accredited and thoughtfully designed to meet and exceed our patient’s safety needs. 

I Have a Health Condition- Can I Still Have a Facelift?

Some health or medical conditions may make a facelift too risky while others won’t affect your surgery risk at all. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if you’re healthy enough for plastic surgery. 

Often patients with medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure can safely receive plastic surgery, if their medical conditions are well controlled. Let’s have a candid talk about your health history so we can decide if surgery is your best option. If surgery isn’t the right fit, Dr. Clinton may be able to recommend a non-surgical cosmetic treatment instead. 

Do You Smoke?

Age doesn’t matter much in determining plastic surgery candidacy, but smoking status certainly does. Smoking and tobacco use, including vaping and e-cigarettes, can increase your risks after surgery. Nicotine compromises the body’s ability to heal by shrinking blood vessels. If you smoke, let Dr. Clinton know during your consultation. You’ll need to quit using nicotine products prior to surgery. 

Am I Too Young for a Facelift?

You’re not too old for a facelift, but you might be too young. Receiving a facelift before aging becomes pronounced can lead to disappointing results. If you have mild facial aging, opt for Botox® or dermal fillers instead of facelift surgery. Once aging is more pronounced, surgery will be a better fit. 

The bottom line: Your plastic surgeon is your best resource for determining if plastic surgery will be safe and effective for you. Don’t let your age scare you away from learning more about facelift surgery if you’re interested. Call our office at 205-408-9787 to learn more about facelifts in Birmingham, AL.