As standards of beauty skyrocket, women are now looking for ways to keep themselves looking ageless. This comes at a price, however with may mulling over when they should have a facelift.


The holy grail of beauty has always been lifted taut skin, and a surgical facelift is the gold standard solution for that. However, you may not necessarily opt to go under the knife just yet. Turns out, age is not a good indication of when you should go for a surgical facelift. There are several considerations to keep in mind. Read on to find out if you are a candidate for a facelift yet.


Sun damage is one of the main causes of extrinsic ageing. This is ageing that is outside the control of your genes. You may be blessed with great skin but if you are a sun-lover, you will age faster than your peers. Besides the visible signs of damage such as a tan or pigmentation, invisible damage in the form of solar elastosis will show up on your skin decades after which will result in loose, crepey skin. If you are a victim of sun’s aging rays, then it is likely you may need a facelift earlier than your peers.

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There are many age prevention strategies on the market that have proven to be clinically effective against skin sagging, Top on the list are FDA approved Ultherapy and Thermage. Ultherapy uses microfocused ultrasound to target the deeper layers of the skin, effecting contraction and lifting while Thermage uses monopolar radofrequency to smoothen and lift skin further. These treatments can be done when your skin is still in a relatively supple state to keep it that way for longer. Studies have shown that women who have undergone regular sessions of these skin lifting therapies tend to need surgical intervention at a later age, if at all.

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There is no doubt that smoking is a bad idea when it comes to your skin. Smoking doesn’t cause wrinkles only on your face. The extent of damage goes deeper, with many of the more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke also wrecking havoc on your collagen and elastin, which are fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking. If you are a smoker, consider quitting to give your skin the best chance at looking their best. But it’s likely you will need more invasive measures at a younger age.

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Many people think that just because their skin is normal or oily, they can forego moisturisers. That is not true. Moisturisers do more than just deliver hydration for our skin, they also deliver a whole host of active ingredients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B & Vitamin C that can help fight free radicals and other damage in our skin. Constant feeding our skin with vital nutrients will ensure that our skin stay in a youthful and supple state for longer. Even if you have normal or combination skin, using a lighter hydrator can sometimes help balance out both the pH and hydration levels of your skin. Areas like around the eyes and the neck are also devoid of oil glands which means that without a daily dose of moisture, they are likely to dry out and exhibit ageing signs much earlier.

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If you are a very expressive person, then your facial muscles are probably in overdrive. This means that the constant stretching of your skin due to these muscle movements will lead to faster skin sagging than you’d like. That’s why your mothers probably told you to stop frowning when you were younger. Your skin will stretch the same way you scrunch up your face. That’s also why many women are embracing BOTOX not just for erasing lines but also to prevent future skin sagging. When your overactive facial muscles are treated with a neuromodulator like BOTOX, they revert to a less overactive state which helps to relax the tension on your skin, preserving its elasticity for a longer time.

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