Facelifts used to be the preserve of the middle aged, and those seeking rejuvenation for older faces, but things have changed and much younger people are now seeking facelifts to prevent the aging process taking hold at all. Having a facelift before 40 is now a growing trend. As the aging process has not really begun to take its toll prior to forty, less invasive facelifts are increasing in popularity, with the most popular being the short-scar facelift.
A short-scar facelift is a less invasive procedure which involves minimal incisions. The treatment works by repositioning the skin and soft tissues of the face which may have just begun to be affected by the aging process. The popularity of the short-scar facelift is that it results in reduced scarring. In particular the scarring in the crease of the ear, which is a common result of a regular facelift, is almost completely eliminated. Another reason for the popularity of the short-scar facelift is that the cost is likely to be reduced.
Another popular facelift amongst younger people, mostly women, is the mini facelift, which is much cheaper and lasts for about a year. This procedure only takes less than an hour and is performed under local anaesthetic. Botox and fillers are also very popular with this age group and are also used in conjunction in an effort to keep the aging process at bay. The growth in popularity of these procedures amongst thirty-somethings follows the principle that prevention is better than cure.
Interestingly, the women having these less invasive treatments earlier are not afraid to admit it and today there is a no shame or embarrassment in having cosmetic surgery at a younger age. If anything, the rise of celebrity culture and the obsession with youth and beauty are leading to cosmetic surgery being increasingly fashionable, even desirable. Patients report that they get compliments on looking young or asking whether they have lost weight. Reports seem to suggest that this preventative strategy may indeed work.
The economic climate may also pay its part. The global recession has resulted in a highly, and increasingly, competitive jobs market where people feel more insecure about their career prospects. They may feel that they need to look younger in order to keep their job, or get promoted. Whatever the reason for this trend, it seems that facelifts and other cosmetic surgery procedures are appealing to younger people and that the move seems to be away from repairing damage to preventing it happening at all.