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When a person sees his or her reflection in the mirror and notices things like jowls, eyelid sagginess or bags under the eyes, and cheek creases, it might motivate him or her to explore the possibilities for improvement through plastic surgery. Although some prefer treatment early so changes aren’t so drastic, others choose to wait until it is more obvious when surgical correction is done.

Most facelifts are performed on people who are in their late 40s to early 60s. By this age, the majority of people experience the typical signs of aging: sagging skin and excess wrinkles, especially around the lower face and jowls. In most cases, the facelift procedure can make them look ten to fifteen years younger. The thought of elective surgery may be too scary; they may think there are too many risks because of their age. Or, they may think that a facelift will make them look too young. A 60-year-old with no wrinkles? Impossible!

The truth is, when it comes to qualifying for facelift surgery, age is just a number. Many other factors bear more weight when it comes to candidacy, including whether or not the patient smokes, the patient’s cardiovascular health, and the patient’s overall health. If older patients are concerned about the safety of the procedure, they should know that their overall health is the main determinate of the likelihood of complications occurring during surgery. A study published in the jou

rnal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® explored facelift results of women of various ages. Researchers found that facelift patients who were over the age of 65 had very similar complication rates when compared to the group of younger women. The findings of this study suggest that an age cutoff for facelift surgery was not significant. However, consultation with one’s primary doctor or cardiologist to determine the patient’s health was suggested for older patients, as heart concerns become more prevalent with age.

Just how young will I look with a facelift?

If you’re concerned about looking too young with a facelift procedure, you can rest easy. According to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 82,000 facelifts were performed on patients over the age of 55 in 2012, which is a six percent increase from the previous year. This increase is likely due to the ever-improving techniques associated with the procedure. Gone are the days of the “windblown” look. Today, patients can receive as little or as much improvement as they would like, depending on the experience of their surgeon. With more options to choose from and the increased success rate of facelift surgeries, patients young and old can be reassured that they can achieve a good result.

Dr. Hiatt knows that every individual is different when it comes to his or her facial anatomy, physical health, and desires for the outcome of the procedure. Because of this, each patient is treated with a customized approach in order to achieve the most natural-looking and long-lasting results.

If you are interested in learning more about the facelift procedure and would like to know if you are a good candidate, please contact the Mesa, Arizona plastic surgery practice of Karl B. Hiatt. Dr. Hiatt is board certified in plastic surgery, is a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and has years of experience performing the facelift procedure. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Hiatt, please call us at (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online consultation form. Dr. Hiatt looks forward to helping you achieve the aesthetic results you desire.