You’re doing everything you can to stave off the inevitable aging in the skin on your face, but time is gaining the upper hand and leaving its mark, despite your best efforts. As you stand in front of the mirror, pulling your skin back and wishing it would stay there, you begin to wonder what your next steps are.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raymund J. Llaurado should be your first call as you consider your options. Dr. Llaurado arms his patients in Arroyo Grande, California, with the latest tools in the battle against time, helping them maintain their youthful looks in spite of the passing years.
With cosmetic injectables, laser therapies, and facials, there’s much we can do to help your skin stay toned and vibrant, but time, genetics, and gravity are formidable enemies when it comes to aging skin. All too soon, it’s time to bring in the big gun in your battle: a facelift.
As any strategist will tell you when it comes to battle, timing is everything, and the same holds true in the battle for your youthful skin. Timing your facelift for an optimal outcome is a key strategy that allows you to maintain your results for a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a magic number, we’re afraid there isn’t one. The best age to have your facelift will depend on a host of factors.
The skin you’re in
What makes some people’s skin age more quickly than others comes down to three important things:
And there’s very little you can do about most of them. Your genes are non-negotiable, so you only need to look at a parent or older relative for some clue as to what lies ahead for your skin.
There’s also little we can do to change previous exposure and skincare. So, all of those long days spent at the beach without any sunscreen will come home to roost as there’s no greater force in breaking down your skin than the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
As for your how you’ve cared for your skin up until now, here again, there’s nothing you can do about past skin neglect, though it’s never too late to start.
With all of these wheels long in motion, it leaves you to consider the best timing for your facelift. If genetics aren’t an issue, you’re lucky, and you can likely wait until you’re in your 60s before taking such a measure.
If you’re genetically predisposed to aging skin, you may want to start your anti-aging efforts a little earlier, in your late 40s and 50s. This also gives you the advantage of tapping your collagen to help you heal more quickly and maintain your results. With each passing year, your collagen production decreases, and though a facelift isn’t reliant on your collagen, it can certainly help with the overall effect.
We can’t stress enough, however, that every person is different, not only in terms of skin make-up, but in how they view the skin they’re in. Some people may be just fine letting age run its course for a little while before intervening, while others are distressed at the first signs of wrinkling and sagging skin.
The best way to figure out what’s best for you is to come in to see Dr. Llaurado so he can review your case and recommend whether a facelift would be appropriate or whether you might try other, less invasive measures first.
Time and money
Another key component to this has nothing to do with your skin, but rather your circumstances. Most people in their 40s and 50s are still highly active parents, workers, and community residents with busy lives. Taking the time out to have a facelift may not be feasible since there’s, minimally, a few weeks of recovery time to accommodate.
When you hit your 60s or 70s, you may have the luxury of time, and money, to invest in a facelift that will provide dramatic results that should remain with you for years to come.
If you’d like to learn more about your anti-aging options and when would be the best time for a facelift in your particular case, please give us a call. Or you can use the request appointment button on this website to set up a consultation.