CONTENT Why Facelifts Are Growing More Popular With Younger People

When we think about a typical facelift patient, we immediately think of older people like our parents wanting to turn back time and reverse those signs of aging on their faces. However, increasing numbers of younger people, especially millennials, are taking control of the “prejuvenation” process by actively preventing or slowing down their visible signs of aging.

Candidates might find themselves to be more competitive in the job market and dating scene. Even career coaches on the LinkedIn website encourage members to choose profile pictures that show them as bright-eyed and “ageless.” It’s a good thing that getting a little “work” done to help the process is becoming more and more socially acceptable.

In this article, Dr. Jose Barrera examines the facelift and why it doesn’t have to result in an unnaturally tight or wind-blown appearance. He discusses how every facelift can be easily customized and made to be long-lasting.

With younger people, typically millennials, gravitating towards facelifts, it’s helpful to learn about the benefits of having a facelift at a younger age, and we’ve outlined a few of them below.

Maintain and Extend a Youthful Appearance

We live in an era known as the ‘Age of the Selfie.’ With increasing attention being paid to people’s faces on social media and ‘Zoom’ video calls, the millennial demographic is more centered on their facial and physical appearance than perhaps any other generation.

The social media influencers are driving this trend, creating expectations for how young people should look in their photoshopped and filtered photos. However, when it comes to in-person meetings or video calls, one cannot depend on technology to improve one’s appearance, making this is a huge factor driving the trend toward cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery.

Millennials, in particular, are seeking to maintain and extend their youthful appearance to help them compete for high-paying jobs in the workplace or find that perfect next date. Better self-care coupled with non-invasive cosmetic procedures and even invasive surgeries are increasingly being sought by this younger demographic.

It’s Not Only About Reversing Aging

Being more aware of the need to always look their best, young people are increasingly taking care of their skin. The simple act of applying sunscreen with a high SPF every day and avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunlight reduces UV damage and the development of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and sagging skin.

By limiting sun exposure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and not smoking, young people have learned that their chances of retaining their youthful looks for longer will improve.

When younger people decide to have a facelift, especially a minimally invasive facelift, their results tend to appear more natural than if they’d waited another 10-20 years.

Advances in Plastic Surgery

As cosmetic surgeons improve their skills and knowledge and utilize continually evolving technology, facelifts are becoming less invasive, delivering long-lasting, natural results with less downtime spent in surgery and recovery.

With facelift surgery now less of an obstacle for young people coping with busy and demanding careers, more of them consider the procedure earlier in life rather than later.


There are many good reasons why this better-now-than-later approach to getting a facelift is becoming popular with younger people and here are just a few:

  • Getting that facelift while the skin is still naturally elastic yields the best results.
  • Family genetics can lead to droopy jowls and sagging cheeks, which can be more easily corrected while still young.
  • A modern facelift can last a decade, and by getting the procedure done early, young people can enjoy the full benefits for a longer time.
  • For younger people, there is a quicker recovery and less downtime.

The first signs of facial aging start to appear in our thirties. Before considering a facelift, non-surgical options like laser resurfacing, Botox®, or other dermal fillers, might be the ideal first step to temporarily minimizing wrinkles and fine lines.

Contact Us for Your Youth-Preserving Facelift

To discover more about why facelifts are growing in popularity with young people in San Antonio, TX, contact triple board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jose Barrera or call (210) 468-5426 today!