The best age to get a facelift?

Is 50 the new 40 or even 30?

The trend in the past five to ten years has been for women to have an effective facelifting surgery in Sydney at a younger age. Now the majority of patients seeking a facelift are in their early 50’s. There are many positives to this trend. For one, patients in their fifties are generally in better health than those in their 60s and 70’s.

Before and after facelift by Dr Hodgkinson (with makeup)
Before and after facelift by Dr Hodgkinson (with makeup)

Patients (both women and men) will also have more years in which to enjoy their result. Also, the result while a marked difference from the sagging tissues that come with age, if performed by an expert at facelifting at an earlier age, will look natural and not draw social comment as it will not be a drastic shift from an older to  a younger face but more a freshening and rejuvenated youthful look.

What is less obvious but perhaps even more important is that a facelift and/or necklift performed as a person first begins to show the signs of ageing allows them to continue to interact, dress and live as they have been accustomed to without first having been perceived as old not only by others but by themselves. 

We all know that feeling of waking up and feeling good about the way we look and how that shapes our day and our interactions. Conversely, once we start to shy away from the mirror as we start to look older and tired can also shape the way we project ourselves and interact with others. 

I have been performing face and neck lifting procedures for over 30 years and in that time have developed techniques which I now publish in the world’s plastic surgical journals on how to restore the normal youthful contours of the face and neck without creating a tight or operated on look. 

What is most important is to address all the aesthetic areas of the face at the same time, what is called “pan-facial rejuvenation” to ensure that the face and neck have a uniformity in their appearance.Today, the stigma formerly attached to facelift surgery is no more if the surgery is performed properly.

Gone are the days when it was acceptable to have a tight face and a sagging neck. This is only true, however, in the hands of a surgeon who is highly experienced in face and neck lifting surgery. The number one predictor of the quality of your result will be the expertise and experience of your surgeon.

If you’re considering cosmetic surgery in Sydney, here are five crucial questions to ask before making that life-changing decision to put your body in someone else’s hands.

Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson is an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon and is the Surgical Dean of The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons as well as serving on the editorial board of the international journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  He is an invited guest lecturer and teacher to plastic surgeons internationally on the topics of facelifting, rhinoplasty, body contour surgery and general cosmetic surgery and has more than 30 years of experience in performing a range of surgical procedures. His Double Bay clinic is a fully licensed and accredited day surgery centre.

To learn more about cosmetic surgery book in a consultation email the clinic on [email protected] or call us to discuss procedures or make an appointment on 02 9362 7400

About Dr Darryl Hodgkinson

Dr. Darryl J. Hodgkinson is recognized world-wide as an expert in cosmetic plastic surgery with more than thirty years of experience in both cosmetic and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson did his plastic surgical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States and is amongst an elite group of a very few surgeons to hold two degrees in plastic surgery from American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.

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