What’s the Best Age for a Facelift?

By: Dr. Nicholas K. Howland


If you’ve been considering plastic surgery, then it can seem overwhelming trying to find the right option for you. When it comes to the facelift, many people have ideas about what the facelift is an what it can accomplish. The reality is that the facelift is a great option for rejuvenating your look, so here’s what to know about whether it’s right for you and when to consider it.

The Best Age for a Facelift

A facelift is not generally for anyone under the age of 30. In most cases, a facelift works best for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s when signs of aging begin to become prevalent. Deep lines, wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin are the result of the aging process and can be best corrected through surgical techniques rather than non-surgical ones. However, there’s no specific age at which you should consider a facelift – everyone ages at different rates because of a variety of factors. Rather, you should opt for a facelift when signs of aging begin to bother you and when non-surgical treatments no longer produce the results you want.

Types of Facelifts

There are a few different types of facelifts that can be a better fit for you based on your goals. Dr. Howland can determine your best options during a consultation at our state-of-the-art office.


A mini facelift is best for those who only need minimal improvement around the lower face. It’s an ideal choice if you have only minor signs of aging, so it’s a popular option for people in their late 30s and 40s. This type of surgery uses a minimal incision and comes with drastically reduced downtime versus a traditional facelift.


A traditional facelift is also known as a full facelift, and it’s what most people think of when they hear the term facelift. It’s ideal for people who have moderate to severe signs of aging around the midface and neck. A traditional facelift works by removing and reshaping excess skin and fat tissue, resuspending it in a more upright and youthful position. It can produce more drastic results that are long-lasting and transformative.


For people with substantial signs of aging and sagging skin around the neck, a neck lift is an ideal procedure for removing excess fat tissue and restoring the neck area to a more youthful and defined appearance. A neck lift is often performed along with a facelift for a more well-rounded and complete facial rejuvenation.

Combining Your Facelift Procedure

Facelift surgeries are often performed alongside other cosmetic facial procedures, such as eyelid lifts and brow lifts, for a more complete and compelling facial rejuvenation. This means that completing multiple cosmetic facial procedures is often more effective and better for patients than conducting several surgeries at different times. It can often be cheaper, more effective, and require less downtime. Dr. Howland can recommend the best surgical package for you during a consultation based on your goals and concerns.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about whether the facelift is right for you is by meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery techniques. To get started, we invite you to contact our Murray office by calling or filling out our online form.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.