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Facelifts, also known as rhytidectomies, are cosmetic surgical procedures designed to rejuvenate the face by addressing signs of aging, such as sagging skin, wrinkles and loss of facial volume. While facelifts have traditionally been associated with older individuals seeking to reverse the effects of aging, the ideal age to consider this procedure can vary depending on several factors, including individual anatomy, lifestyle and aesthetic goals.

Mini Facelifts for Younger Individuals

For younger individuals in their 40s or early 50s who are beginning to notice the early signs of facial aging, a mini facelift may be a suitable option. Also known as a “weekend facelift” or “S-lift,” this less invasive procedure focuses on lifting and tightening the lower face and neck, addressing mild to moderate sagging of the jowls and neck without the need for extensive surgery or downtime. Mini facelifts are often ideal for individuals with good skin elasticity and minimal signs of aging, allowing them to achieve subtle yet noticeable improvements in their facial appearance.

Traditional Facelifts for Middle-Aged Individuals

Middle-aged individuals in their late 50s to early 60s may benefit from a traditional facelift, also known as a full facelift or standard facelift. This comprehensive procedure targets multiple areas of the face, including the cheeks, jowls, and neck, to address more advanced signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles, significant sagging and loss of facial volume. By repositioning underlying facial tissues, removing excess skin, and tightening the muscles, a traditional facelift can provide dramatic, long-lasting results, restoring a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the face.

Deep Plane Facelifts for Older Individuals

For older individuals in their late 60s or beyond who exhibit more severe signs of facial aging, including pronounced sagging of the cheeks and neck, a deep plane facelift may be recommended. This advanced technique involves lifting and repositioning the deeper layers of facial tissue, including the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), to achieve comprehensive rejuvenation of the midface and lower face. Deep plane facelifts offer significant improvements in facial contour and definition, addressing deep folds and hollows while providing natural-looking results that last for many years.

Personalized Facelift Solutions

Since each person ages differently, the age and procedure required to obtain the desired appearance will vary. Some individuals may benefit from a mini facelift as early as their late thirties, while others may consider other facelift options like a mid-facelift in their 40s or 50s. Eric Cerrati, M.D., FACS, is a highly respected facial plastic surgeon who specializes in the most advanced facelift techniques and provides personalized solutions for facial rejuvenation for his patients.

The ideal age to consider a facelift varies depending on individual factors such as skin condition, degree of facial aging, and aesthetic goals. While younger individuals may benefit from mini facelifts to address early signs of aging, middle-aged and older individuals may require traditional or deep-plane facelifts to achieve more comprehensive rejuvenation. Ultimately, the decision to undergo a facelift should be made in consultation with a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Eric Cerrati, who can assess your unique needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Contact Dr. Cerrati’s office in Salt Lake City, UT, to schedule a facelift consultation.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Eric Cerrati, Facial Plastic Surgery

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Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!