Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

Best Facelift Age

The condition of the skin is a critical component in the projection of a youthful appearance. After years of exposure to the sun, gravity and the stress of daily life, the aging process is accelerated. This results in the onset of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. With time, these conditions ultimately develop into permanent creases on the face.

When the natural aging process occurs, people look older than they really are and can also suffer a loss of their self-confidence. In order to reduce these signs of aging, many men and women opt to have facelift surgery. Facelift surgery is also called “rhytidectomy.” In 2016, more than 130,000 facelift procedures were performed.

Ideal candidates for a facelift

Many people who consider getting a facelift want to know the ideal age for undergoing the procedure. Patients who are in their 40s often see the best results. However, the optimal age for getting a facelift varies for each person. In most cases, patients who are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s are the optimal candidates for facelift surgery. Anyone who is in good health and starts to notice the signs of aging on their face, is ultimately a good candidate. Rather than focusing on a particular age for the procedure, it’s more important to look for the below signs of aging in order to determine the ideal time to pursue a facelift:

  • Wrinkles below the eyes
  • Deep lines near the nose and the mouth
  • Loss of a defined jawline which is caused by jowls
  • Excess fat in the neck

Facelift Procedures

Traditional Facelift

Facelift surgery addresses moderate to advanced signs of aging around the face and neck. A traditional facelift is more extensive and therefore requires more recovery time. In addition, the procedure can achieve more dramatic results. The surgeon will use incisions which are just behind the hairline and around the ears to reposition the deeper tissues beneath the skin and remove excess skin. This helps smooth creases, eliminates jowls and removes sagging skin under the chin. The result is a more youthful and natural contour of the face and neck.

The specific technique used by the cosmetic surgeon during a facelift depends various factors. This can include the patient’s anatomy, goals, the extent of the surgery, and if another procedure is being performed along with the facelift. Facelifts are usually performed using a general anesthesia. However, local anesthesia with sedation can be used in cases with are less extensive.

Following the initial incisions, the skin is separated from the underlying connective tissue and muscles. This gives the cosmetic surgeon the ability to reposition the deeper facial tissues, and eliminate the jowls. Ultimately, the surgeon is able to create a more firm foundation. Excess skin is then removed, and the remaining skin is gently laid back down over the newly rejuvenated facial tissues. The result is a smooth, rejuvenated and more youthful face.


Patients who have a small degree of jowling or sagging skin can be good candidates for a mini-facelift. This procedure is less-invasive and the technique allows a cosmetic surgeon to tighten deep facial tissues through shorter and smaller incisions. The incisions are typically located along the hairline and in the natural creases around the ear. Through these incisions, the structural tissues near the cheeks are lifted and tightened, which corrects the appearance of jowls, refines the jawline, and rejuvenates the face.

Neck Lift

When the correction is only required in the neck area, a neck lift is performed. The procedure removes excess fat tissue and smooths out the skin.

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Patient Testimonial

"Words cannot express enough, how wonderful, caring and professional Dr. Haigney and his staff are! After being rushed to the Huntersville hospital with an orbital fracture, broken nose and other facial damage, Dr. Haigney rushed me into surgery (on his day off I must add) and corrected all my problems. I only wish all doctors cared as much about their patients and their recovery as Dr. Haigney and his staff did. Thank you so much for everything! Your attention and compassion has helped me make my recovery as comfortable as possible. 5 star service!"