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What Is the Optimal Age for a Facelift?

adobestock 142084626 While we typically see women in their 40s who are starting to notice sagging skin and wrinkles and want a facelift, there is no optimal age for a facelift. Someone as young as 25 who lost a dramatic amount of weight or someone in their 60s whose skin finally shows signs of aging are equally appropriate as facelift candidates as the stereotypical 40-45-year-old.

Why You Might Want to Get a Facelift

Your skin ages differently than the rest of you. A younger person who has had a lot of sun exposure, has lost a lot of weight rapidly, or has experienced a significant amount of stress may desire a facelift sooner than someone who has always worn sunblock and has healthy collagen. In most cases, however, the decision to get a facelift has to do with self-confidence. When you look in the mirror and wish you could look younger or have smoother skin, a facelift can help you feel better.

Best Facelift Candidates

The biggest factor in determining your ability to have a facelift is your health. If you are relatively healthy with no compromising health conditions and you don’t smoke, you should be a great candidate for a facelift. The doctor will determine in more detail what risk factors you might have, conduct a full face and neck examination, and assess whether or not you are a good candidate. You may decide you are ready for a facelift if you start noticing deep lines around your nose, saggy jowls, extra fat in your neck, or wrinkles around your eyes. Many patients opt to combine a facelift with other procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

Dr. Mao believes there are unique features on everyone’s face that can be balanced or enhanced. He is fully experienced in utilizing both surgical and non-surgical approaches.The typical facelift can make you look 10-15 years younger. You can see the results of our work by visiting our before and after gallery. To learn more about the Facelift procedures offered by Mao Facial Plastic Surgery, please call our office at 203-907-0501. Our practice serves Orange, CT and the surrounding areas.


Dr. Mao's skill speaks for itself. Checking through his gallery is all the evidence you need. This does not, however show the kindness, gentleness and enthusiasm of this most competent surgeon. I got exactly what I had hoped for; a more youthful look without any evidence of having "work." Dr. Mao was available from start. . . 

I wanted to thank everyone especially Dr. Johnny Mao for the wonderful treatment I received. I had a surgical procedure done to remove a basal cell cancer on my cheek area. Dr Mao and the entire staff were fantastic. The admission process, the surgery and the results, again, fantastic. I can't say enough about everyone. . .

My experience with Dr. Mao has been nothing but pleasant. My first appointment I meet with him and talked about my options and took pictures. He had done morphed photos to show me what my nose could potentially look like. He was very personable he made sure that I was comfortable during appointments and gave. . .

I will always be grateful to you for your thoughtfulness and consideration, also the wonderful work you have done on my face. Your wonderful bedside manner and keeping in touch with me is comparable to none. Your staff is excellent and your work as a family. You made me comfortable the minute I met you. . .

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