Question: I’m 43 with pretty awful droopy jowls. My mom and aunts always had these too. I feel like I’m too young for a facelift. Are there any other options?
Answer: There are many options for facial rejuvenation, but in the case of severe facial jowling a facelift may be the best option. There is no “right” age to have a facelift because facial aging depends on many factors, both genetic and environmental (sun exposure, tobacco use, etc.). A person in his/her 40s with advanced facial aging could be an excellent candidate for a facelift. Furthermore, there are various types of facelifts that can specifically address particular aspects of facial aging (i.e. jowls). It is important to consult with a plastic surgeon regarding surgical and non-surgical treatments for facial aging. Non-surgical treatments, such as hyaluronic acid injection, can improve facial appearance, but may not be adequate in severe cases of for certain deformities.