Is There A Best Time To Have A Facelift
The Importance of Knowing the Correct Timing
Most women these days are aware that having facial rejuvenation surgery can significantly help their appearance. Most often, it is deferred due to the natural reluctance to go through surgery for understandable reasons, at least until a significant loss of freshness of appearance makes it a pressing issue. Having the correct answer to this key question about timing is important. Otherwise it is likely to result in an, all too common, mistake.
Almost half the women who come to me for help with their tired face have missed the ideal time to benefit the most from their facelift surgery. They are usually disappointed on hearing this, as they had thought they had been virtuous in waiting so long! They had assumed they were doing the correct thing by ‘waiting’ at least until they were in their mid fifties before consulting a plastic surgeon. Their usual response is ‘if only someone had told me’.
The ideal time to be considering a facelift is when you are becoming aware of early laxity of your face. This early laxity is first noticed only when the head is tilted down or when you press the skin along the jawline or inner cheek, and it moves more than it used to. At this stage the laxity is still not so obvious as to be noticed by others, especially in normal head position ie, with the chin up. This is what I term, Latent laxity.
Ideally this laxity should be corrected before it has progressed to become obvious laxity, from which there is no escaping. The typical comment heard from a patient in the plastic surgeon’s office is a woman of between 45 and 50 years (in men it is older) who expresses their concern: ‘I can’t believe how rapidly my face is aging. This jowl has only appeared in the last 6 months’.
Some others are even more distressed, ‘I have always been fortunate to be one of those people who look young for my age, but now over the last 6 months age has caught up with me as I have aged by several years “. They are quite frightened to see their identity slipping away.
This is the typical experience, of appearing to age suddenly after several years of latent laxity. Ideally, this unpleasant experience can be avoided, by having a corrective facelift at the right time, which is, before the latent laxity becomes apparent. The experience of aging almost overnight, is like the appearance of your first grey hair, there is no going back.
The transition from latent to obvious laxity tends to be accelerated by illness and long term stress, often to do with a family member or relationship difficulty, and particularly by weight loss. The worsening laxity is extremely disappointing for those people who are doing the correct thing to regain control of their figure only to find they are paying for it on their face. Losing 5 kg adds a couple of years to a persons facial age when they are in the latent laxity phase.
With the quality of facelifts available, they should be taken advantage of, but in a well-considered prospective manner, using a correct strategy.
The correction of latent laxity is undetectable, with a quality facelift.
This is for two reasons,
1) Correct Timing, ie. before it is obvious.
2) Correct Surgery. Quality facelifts avoid the obvious facelift look as they do not pull the skin directly, instead they tighten the internal support structure of the face. This also slows the rate of future aging, by delaying the onset of obvious laxity for a further decade.
Look out for these related blogs:
- The advantages of a quality facelift.
- How does a proper facelift slow facial aging?
- How you can recover from a late facelift.
- The downside of using fillers on your face.
- The upside of permanent fillers.