Are You Too Young For a Facelift? – What You Need To Know About Surgical & Non-Surgical Facelifts

As Buzzfeed will tell you, a lot of millennials have the experience of feeling old. Whether it is realizing that you are the only one in a room who knows what a VHS is or not being able to party hard like you did in your twenties. This phenomenon of feeling old has led a lot of millennials to look in the mirror and ask “am I too young for a facelift?” 

The short answer is: it depends. Read on to hear expert advice from Dr. Nadir Qazi as he answers the question “are you too young for a facelift?”

What is a Facelift? 

A facelift is a procedure that lifts and tightens the skin on the face to reduce drooping, wrinkles, and sagging skin. The goal of a facelift is to give you an overall more youthful look. While the traditional facelift is a surgical procedure that is known to produce dramatic results, there are also a variety of non-surgical options for younger patients who are not ready for a surgical procedure. 

Are You Too Young For a Facelift? 

There is no one-size-fits-all age for when it is the right time to get a facelift. Aging is unique to the individual and personal things like genes and lifestyle play a big role in when wrinkles begin to develop. For example, some people look youthful into their 40s and 50s, while others get mistaken for being in their 30s when they are only 23.

Because of the individuality of aging, the best way to determine if you are too young for a facelift is to schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to get an expert opinion. 

In general, regardless of age, the best candidates for a facelift are people who: 

  • No longer feel like themselves – It happens gradually that people begin to realize that their face looks tired. Some people may look in the mirror one day and realize that they look a great deal like their aging mother or father. Much of our confidence and energy stems from how we feel about our appearance, so if you no longer look like yourself, it might be time to do something about it. 
  • Notice their face drooping – As we age, it is normal to lose skin elasticity, meaning that your skin and facial fat will sag downwards. The effect is a face that is saggier, less defined, and gaunt around the eyes. It is this drooping effect that will give away your age or make you look much older than you really are.
  • Have deep, lingering creases – The face naturally creases while talking, laughing, and frowning, but if those creases remain while the face is at rest, that is a sign that a cosmetic procedure may be in order. Things like laughter lines, crows feet, forehead wrinkles, and marionette lines can negatively impact your appearance and damage your self-esteem.
  • Have lost definition in their chin and jawline – A weak chin is one of those regrettable genetic traits that can make you look older than you are, starting as early as your 20s. If you are worried about a weak jawline in your 20s, it will only get worse and more pronounced as you age. Whether your loss of definition is genetic or due to aging, you have many options for achieving a younger look and a more striking profile. 

Many patients are interested in looking younger but are told that they are too young for a facelift. When Dr. Qazi answers the question, “are you too young for a facelift?” he often tells his Orange County patients that, when you are young, less is more. Dr. Qazi usually recommends going for non-surgical anti-aging options when possible. 

Non-surgical facelifts are ideal for younger patients because they do not require anesthesia and have minimal downtime. 

Non-surgical facelifts are also ideal for younger patients because the results will look more natural. Most young people do not require a full-face transformation; they just want to reduce wrinkles and tighten skin in a few places. When you opt for a non-surgical facelift procedure, it is quick and easy to do away with minor wrinkles. 

The best part is that you will still look like yourself – just better! – after the procedure. 

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    What Is The Best Age For a Facelift?

    There is no hard and fast rule about ages and facelifts. For most people, their faces flip a switch from looking young to looking older in their 40s. A majority of surgical facelift patients are in the 55-65 range. A typical surgical facelift will last 7-10 years, so many people choose to have their first facelift in their early 50s and get a second procedure to refresh their face in their 60s. 

    However, a patient’s need for a surgical facelift depends on their lifestyle. Things like smoking, sun exposure, tanning, and bad genes determine how fast you appear to age. For this reason, there are some people in their 60s who look as youthful as ever. There are also people in their early 30s who look older than their own parents due to a lifetime of smoking and tanning. 

    The question is not “what is the best age for a facelift?” The question should be: “What changes do you want to make?” 

    Do you want a more defined jawline? Do you want to get rid of wrinkles? Do you want to restore your cheekbones to look more pronounced? Do you want your neck to look younger? 

    No matter your age, Dr. Nadir Qazi and his team of experienced plastic surgeons at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic can help! When you schedule a consultation, Dr. Qazi will examine you and make a recommendation based on cosmetic concerns and your wishes. Dr. Qazi may recommend one of many non-invasive, non-surgical anti-aging procedures that his medspa offers.

    If your cosmetic concerns are more severe, Dr. Qazi may recommend that you undergo a surgical procedure to be performed by his experienced team of surgeons. 

    Here are some of the non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic procedures that Dr. Qazi might recommend for patients who are too young for a facelift:

    PDO Thread Lift To Instantly Tighten Skin 

    Celebrities young and old have fallen in love with the PDO Thread Lift, from Eva Mendes (age 46) and Gwyneth Paltrow (age 48) to Ariana Grande (age 27) and Kylie Jenner (age 23). This procedure has the power to both take years off your face by reducing wrinkles and lift the top half of the face to achieve the popular Disney princess-like doe eyes that are all over Instagram. 

    How does it work?

    First, a topical numbing cream is applied, then a hollow needle is used to strategically insert barbed threads into the soft tissue of the face. Once the needle is removed, the threads can be used to lift sagging skin and create an up-turned face shape. While in the skin, the threads also stimulate collagen production, which will gradually improve your skin’s texture and appearance over time. 


    A PDO Thread Lift is a highly effective procedure for reducing wrinkles and taking years off the face. PDO Thread Lifts in Orange County are especially popular because there is minimal pain, no scarring, no recovery time, and the needle entry points are completely invisible. 

    However, this procedure is not permanent. It only lasts 4 to 6 months before the threads harmlessly dissolve. 

    There are no risks, few side effects, and the results are natural-looking. No matter your age, if you don’t want people whispering behind your back that you’ve “had work done,” then a PDO Thread Lift may be the ideal anti-aging treatment for you. 

    Are You Too Young For a Facelift? Try Botox

    Most people know what Botox is: it’s an FDA-approved neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscle activity in order to reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Qazi Cosmetic Clinic uses not only Botox but also Xeomin and Dysport to provide patients with customized results. The best part about getting a Botox treatment is that there is no downtime – you can even book an appointment during your lunch hour. The results may take up to 2 weeks to settle and last up to 6 months. 

    Why Botox?

    Patients of all ages prefer Botox because it is well-proven to be safe and effective. For people who struggle with fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial movements like frowning, laughing, and smoking, Botox can reduce existing lines and prevent new ones from forming. The results also look very natural, no matter your age. 

    This procedure is most often recommended for people who look too young for a facelift. People who generally have a youthful glow, with the exception of a few lines marring their face, are the ideal patients for receiving Botox. There is not a best age for a facelift and there is not a best age for Botox either – if you have wrinkles, then Botox can help, no matter how young or old you are.

    Loss of Volume? Try Dermal Fillers

    Dermal Fillers are ideal for people of all ages, whether you want better definition in your face or want to replace volume lost to aging. FDA-approved fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar complex that is naturally occurring in the human body. Fillers can improve your appearance in two ways: they instantly create volume upon injection and they boost collagen production over time to improve skin texture.

    What areas are suitable for fillers?

    • Under the eyes to reverse the appearance of sunken eyes 
    • The jaw to contour the jawline for a more striking profile
    • Below the mouth to reverse the appearance of marionette lines
    • The hands to reverse volume-loss caused by aging
    • The temples to balance the face and restore a youthful appearance
    • The chin to give your face a more pronounced shape 

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      What is RF Microneedling?

      RF Microneedling is a hot, new procedure for people of all ages. It works by making tiny punctures in the skin and delivering radiofrequency waves to the deeper layers of the skin. This is effective for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction because heat and energy waves will cause the skin to contract, thereby tightening the skin. The micro punctures also mimic small wounds to the skin, which activates your body’s natural healing abilities to prompt your body to heal your skin deficiencies and produce more collagen. 

      What is RF Microneedling like?

      Some patients are hesitant to undergo this procedure because words like “radiofrequency waves” and “punctures” make them worry. However, RF Microneedling is perfectly safe when performed by an experienced, board-certified physician like Dr Nadir Qazi. The procedure utilizes the state-of-the-art Vivace device, which makes the small punctures to the skin and delivers the energy waves. 

      There is no need to be concerned, these punctures are so small that they are invisible to the naked eye. The use of RF waves for cosmetic procedures is very common and clinical tests of microneedling with RF waves have proven the procedure to be safe and effective

      The procedure is quick and painless. A topical numbing cream will be applied to keep you comfortable, then the Vivace device will be used on the treatment area. The procedure only takes 45 minutes and the results can be immediate. After the procedure, you can expect some dryness and redness, but you are safe to go back to work or school. It can take up to 3 months for new collagen to build up, then the results will last for 3 to 6 months. 

      Are You Too Young For a Facelift? You Have Options!

      If you are asking yourself “am I too young for a facelift?” or “what is the best age for a facelift?” then Dr. Qazi and his team of surgeons at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic can help! Schedule a consultation to learn more about your facelift options. 

      After examining your face, Dr. Qazi can make a recommendation on which procedure will be best to help you achieve your desired anti-aging results. In addition to the procedures above, Dr. Qazi may also recommend a chemical peel, anti-aging laser treatment, or an HD facelift.

      If you do require a surgical facelift, Dr. Qazi’s expert team of plastic surgeons can transform your face to restore your youthful glow. 

      By: Dr. Nadir Qazi

      Dr. Nadir Qazi is a board certified physician specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and an instructor for advanced injections and laser techniques.

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