Seattle, Bellevue What is the age limit for face lift surgery? Edwin D.

Hi Edwin, more than age, skin elasticity and overall health have more bearing on a patient’s ability to undergo this procedure.  However, majority of those that undergo this procedure are between 40-70 y.o.   Furthermore, those over 50 are turning to cosmetic surgery to look better through facelifts, laser skin resurfacing, Botox treatment and blepharoplasty surgery. The upper age limit very much depends on the individual’s state of health.  Because surgery is performed under deep IV sedation or general anesthesia, it is important that one’s internist agrees that surch surgery is a reasonable pursuit.  Recovery is relatively fast  and provided you are in good health and have realistic goals, this can be a very reasonable choice.  No one is too old to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. So, if you feel as though a facelift surgery will give you a reinvigorated look, and considering you are a healthy individual, I recommend that you move forward with the cosmetic procedure despite your apprehension about age. It is best to consult a board ccertified doctor to determine what you need,  It is important for seniors underging such procedures to bear in mind that they will not look 20 years younger, but will certainly look more youthful.