Facelift at 50

Andrea Foreman

You’re having a facelift at 50? You’ve got to be crazy!  Wait until you really need it.  C’mon, you look fine!  Why would you choose to go under the knife? Aren’t you worried about how it will turn out?  What if you hate it?

These are just some of the responses I’ve received when I tell my friends and family members that I’ve decided to have a facelift. I just got tired of people, including my 12 year old son, asking me why I look so sad all the time!  My face has gone South, so now it's time to do something about it!  While my friends and family are certainly entitled to their opinion, the truth is, I am not alone.  In fact, today more than ever, women in their 50s are opting for a facial “nip and tuck.”  

When I asked my plastic surgeon if he thought I was too young, this was his response..... “Quite honestly, up until a few short years ago, I’d be surprised to see a woman in her 50s inquiring about a facelift,” said board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael A. Epstein, who’s been in private practice for 18 years in Northbrook, Illinois. “Like most plastic surgeons, a majority of my facelift patients have been women in their 60s or early 70s,” he adds. “But I definitely see the growing trend of younger women, specifically those in their 50s, interested in surgical facial rejuvenation,” he adds. 

This past month, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released their annual report on plastic surgery. According to the ASPS, 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the U.S., an increase of 5% from 2009.  While breast augmentation remains the top surgical procedure, the report clearly showed an increase in facelift surgeries, with a rise of 9% in 2010.  Facelifts have not experienced this kind of growth since 2007.

“This surge in facelift surgery over the past three years could absolutely be related to the increased number of 50somethings having facelifts,” said Epstein.  “They’ve joined their 60 and 70something counterparts, driving up the numbers.”   

“The truth is, there are many benefits to having a facelift in your 50s,” explains Dr. Epstein. “For starters, the skin is usually healthier than that of an older woman, plus it has more elasticity, so the result is a much more natural appearance,” he says. “In addition, patients in this age group are usually healthier than those who are older, so surgery is performed with considerably less risk.”

“Also, women in their 50’s usually have thicker hair and a lower hairline, both of which can help camouflage the healing incision lines,” he adds.  “But what seems to excite my 50something patients the most is the fact that they are able to enjoy the results of their facelift when they are younger,” he says.  “Most women in their 50s are vibrant, active, and living their lives to the fullest; and they want to look the way they feel.”   

If you’d like to follow me on my facelift journey, please call me, I’ll be sure to let you know the date –

I can’t wait!

Andrea Foreman-Brook

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