Summary: When it comes to plastic surgery, more isn’t always better. Indeed, for many patients, permanent results are not what they’re after. They’d like a temporary fix, something to hold back the hands of time instead of turning them backward. So, for some patients a procedure such as a facelift is going to be the ticket. For other patients, dermal fillers and Botox may be the way to go. These procedures get compared quite often, and that comparison isn’t necessarily fair, as different procedures are designed to get different results. How old should you be for a facelift? That’s subject to change.

how old should you be for a facelift?

Figuring Out: How Old Should You Be For a Facelift?

Reality television stars seem to have a celebrity beyond their relevance. I don’t mean that as an insult, necessarily. I simply mean that, for whatever reason, we care about them long after their respective television shows have been cancelled or have moved on. This is interesting to me, as reality television stars have become famous for, essentially, being themselves (I know this is an incredibly naïve view of reality television, but just go with me for a little bit). What I’m getting at is this: I think we like reality television stars because, to a certain extent, it’s easy to judge them. And judging them makes us feel a bit better about ourselves.

But we can also be inspired by reality television stars, and I hope it’s in this capacity that we talk about their plastic surgery woes, triumphs and opinions. For example, former Teen Mom OG star Farrah Abraham recently told In Touch that she’s done with plastic surgery except for lip injections and fillers. Now, Abraham is 23 years old currently, and has a long time to change her mind, but for her, this makes an incredible amount of sense. Indeed, for the younger crowd, fillers and injectables are the way to go, especially if you’re not particularly interested in a breast augmentation or if you haven’t yet had children.

Not a Fair Comparison

Injectable fillers are usually held up against facelifts for comparisons. But that’s not really fair, because they’re entirely different procedures. Facelifts are really designed to turn back the march of time. They’re designed to take an aged face and make it look more youthful. Wrinkles are eliminated, excess tissue is removed, and the end result is a much more youthful looking face. Generally, facelift patients are incredibly happy with the results, and it’s hard to fault them. Modern facelifts can be quite effective.

But facelifts have no place on younger patients. They’re designed for older patients who have already accumulated a significant amount of excess tissue, leading to wrinkles and folds. Instead, younger patients who want to stave off the effects of aging should look to dermal fillers and other injectables. When it gets right down to it, injectables have a limited capability. They can’t eliminate excess skin or tissue. They can’t eliminate folds and wrinkles created by excess skin. So injectables have never been able to take an aged face and make it look back younger, or turn back the hands of time. Rather, injectables have always been used to stave off aging—to keep things as they are a little bit longer.

Two Different Approaches

In other words, injectable treatments are designed to keep you looking as you are a little bit longer. They will eliminate small wrinkles and folds, either by adding volume to your face (to mitigate wrinkles caused by excess tissue) or by paralyzing the muscle contractions that cause other wrinkles (that’s essentially what Botox does). These procedures are a great option for patients who are looking to shave a year or two off their look, or simply appear more radiant. And that’s a pool that includes younger patients.

It’s also worth noting that injectables generally do not have permanent effects. They all wane over time (with the exception of, for example Bellafill, which can last significantly longer). This makes injectables an even more appealing for the younger crowd, as the effects, if unsatisfactory, can simply be forgotten over a short time. On the other side of the coin, if you want the effects to last, you’ll have to maintain the look by getting more injections.

Finding Age Appropriate Procedures

So if Farrah Abraham wants to stick to fillers and lip injections, that’s not a bad place to be. According to the website of the Ridgewood, New Jersey, Botox experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, Botox is a great example of a procedure that can be done incredibly quickly and will last only for a few months, with no permanent changes. On the other hand, if you’re an older patient, or you’re looking for more permanent effects, than a facelift is definitely the way to go.

At the end of the day, you have to weigh what you want to accomplish with what is possible for a given procedure. Then you have to weigh where you are in your life and where you want your look to go. There’s a definitely calculation. But at the end of the day, I suppose the common denominator is that just because you are a certain age doesn’t mean you have to look that age, whether you’re 53 or 23. And that’s pretty cool.