Does a Facelift Make You Look Younger?

portrait of woman admiring skin in mirror

Aging is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to look older. One of the easiest ways for patients to turn back the clock is through the power of facelift surgery. As a plastic surgeon in Lexington and London, KY, I’ve helped countless men and women who wanted to look like younger versions of themselves. 

But can a facelift make you look younger? A few factors influence the answer to that question. 

Before & After Facelift Case 119 Front View in Lexington & London, KY
Before & After Facelift
Before & After Facelift Case 119 Left Side View in Lexington & London, KY
Before & After Facelift

How does a facelift work?

A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face. It lifts and adjusts loose, saggy skin and muscles that have drooped with time. Typically, the main target areas are the midface, jowls, and neck. It can correct moderate to significant aging by smoothing skin, sculpting the jawline, and creating a more youthful, angular profile. This related blog post delves into the different types of customized facelift surgery procedures we perform to address unique aging symptoms and concerns. 

How much younger do you look after a facelift?

Many of our patients ask the same question: Does a facelift actually make you look younger? The answer is yes—and a recent study determined that results are fairly significant.

In this study, medical students randomly reviewed photos of people and guessed the age of those photographed. Those who had undergone no procedures were judged an average of 1.7 years younger than their actual age, while those who had undergone a facelift appeared an average of 8.9 years younger than their actual age.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. Other studies with identical twins found that a twin who has a facelift will continue to look younger than their sibling for years to come. This reaffirms what plastic surgeons have long known: Removing saggy skin, adjusting muscles, and smoothing out wrinkles create long-term anti-aging effects. 

How do I know if a facelift is right for me?

A facelift is a powerful tool for transforming the face and neck. Ideal candidates are those in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who have lax skin on the lower face and flattened cheeks or an ill-defined jawline.

If your signs of aging are less extensive, you may be a candidate for our specialized Lunch Hour Lift. This custom procedure is a traditional facelift alternative that combines facial fat grafting with dermal fillers, laser peels, and other nonsurgical treatments. 

In the end, you can rest easy knowing that a facelift is a worthwhile investment. The surgery helps you look noticeably younger, and you can enjoy your results for years to come. Browse our before-and-after photos to see real examples of facelift results.

If you’re interested in a facelift in the Lexington or London, KY, area and would like to learn more, please request a consultation online or call (859) 277-9435 (Lexington) or (859) 277-8615 (London).

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