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Face lift – How young?
I am often asked, “What is the right age to have a face lift?” The answer is that there is no right age as it really depends on the aging of the patient and how much loose skin there is and of course how much it bothers the patient. The majority of patients that we do face lift surgery on are between 40 and 65. However, patients are often coming in to have face lifts until they are in their 80’s.
WHAT IS THE YOUNGEST PATIENT THAT YOU HAVE PERFORMED FACE LIFT SURGERY ON?
The youngest patient that I have performed face lift surgery on is the photo shown above. It is a young lady who is in her low 30’s and was conscious of the loose skin. The results show that she has much better definition of her jaw line and cheeks and the results have worked out well for her.
DO YOU PERFORM COSMETIC SURGERY IN TEENAGERS?
Generally patients who are under 18 do not have cosmetic surgery except for areas that are more medical such as abnormal outer thighs or gynecomastia. Sometimes there is an exception and then it would have to be done in conjunction with the patient’s local doctor, family, and psychologist.
I have been called upon to help teenagers having weight issues and the liposuction has helped them.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH STARTING COSMETIC SURGERY WHEN ONE IS YOUNG?
I do not believe inherently there is a problem, it is just that the patient needs to have the appropriate view and one wants to make sure that the person is not being unrealistic and that they will never be happy. Good assessments by nurses, by Dr. Lanzer, and the psychologist usually can pick up if patients are doing the procedure for the right reasons.
AT WHAT AGE CAN A MAN HAVE GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY?
The youngest that I have performed on has been in a 12-year-old who had extremely large and pointy breasts with a lot of breast tissue glands under the skin. This was all removed and he was very happy with the flatter appearance through his teenage years.
HOW DO HORMONES AFFECT COSMETIC SURGERY IN THE YOUNG?
Cyclical changes of hormones can affect patients’ weight. One of the patients that I do see in young people is that the breasts which are often large in women who seek breast reduction can be more fibrous and have less fat in teenagers or those in their low 20’s as opposed to patients who are older who tend to have more fat. This means that the older patients do better with liposculpture.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO A FACE LIFT FOR A YOUNG PERSON WHO HAS DROOPY SKIN?
There are many non-surgical options such as Ulthera which is an ultrasound device that causing tightening of the muscle and skin. Fillers such as Voluma can also give an elevation. There are many lasers that cause skin tightening such as the Revlite, Aura, and photo rejuvenation lasers. These can all be tried initially before one seeks surgery.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up.