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Overview of Facelift In Your Forties

The most recent trend in facial aesthetics has been that women and men are seeking facelifts at much earlier ages. In Washington DC facelift patients are gravitating towards having lifts in their forties to correct early signs of aging, and even in their thirties to perfect contours and to slow the effects of facial aging. Behind this behavioral shift has been a mindset of maintaining, rather than overhauling, one’s features and there are many reasons for this shift in mindset.

First, in our modern digital era of social media and Zoom, we’re paying more attention to our appearances and so the need to look fresh and youthful. Second, many patients have tried non-surgical treatments but have reached a plateau and now want a permanent, “one and done” solution. Third, a facelift in younger years keeps one looking fresh without a dramatic change as compared with an “overhaul” in later years – the transformation, as well as recovery, is less dramatic and oftentimes less involved.

If you’re starting to notice and be concerned by age-related changes showing up in the mirror, then “nipping in the bud” early aging changes can be a wonderful way to enjoy a youthful and fresh appearance sooner and longer, while also delaying the need for more transformative procedures that might be needed if one were to wait.


Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift In My Forties?

Patients who are healthy, non-smokers, who have reasonable goals, and whose anatomy is favorable for correction (this depends largely on Dr. Rad’s assessment) may be good candidates for a facelift at earlier ages. This is a very personal decision and Dr. Rad will advise you very candidly about the advantages and disadvantages associated with earlier facelift surgery. The 10 most common reasons patients seek facelifts at younger than usual ages are as follows:

1. Your anatomy and genetics predispose you to have loose tissues at an early age.

2. You are concerned that you look older than your actual age.

3. You have had non-surgical treatments such as fillers, laser, or skin tightening treatments and at this point, you desire a greater degree of improvement than what they can offer.

4. Your schedule doesn’t allow extensive time commitment to non-surgical “upkeep” of your appearance and so you desire a permanent, “one and done” approach.

5. You want to maintain a fresh appearance rather than waiting for greater laxity to appear which may require a more significant “overhaul”.

6. You have a big life event, such as a wedding or major career change, and want to present your “best self” to the world.

7. You want to perfect certain facial areas that have always bothered you such as blunted jawline or weak chin.

8. Subtle changes in your appearance now catch your attention such as a loose neck, downturned corners of the mouth, or nasolabial folds.

9. You have lost a lot of weight and now see looseness in your facial tissues.

10. Success in your career or social circles depends on looking vibrant and you wish to reverse a tired appearance.


Should I Have a Facelift Now or Should I Wait?

This is a very common question that patients ask Dr. Rad, and gone are the days of waiting until the 60s or 70s when the whole face has dropped and needs an overhaul!

There are many good reasons to consider a facelift at younger ages:

1. Your tissue quality is better at younger ages, so your results hold up for longer.
2. A subtle refresh is a smaller change as compared with a bigger surgery in later years.
3. If your appearance bothers you now, then it will only worsen with time.
4. Future revision facelift is both feasible and safe.
5. You can enjoy a fresh appearance earlier and for longer!

There’s no right or wrong age for a facelift, and optimal timing is different for everyone. However, with safe surgery, you can enjoy a refreshed appearance at any age.


Facelift Before & After ResultsThis 42-year-old, beautiful woman began noticing that her upper cheek (“midface”), lower cheek, and neck areas were starting to show signs of subtle laxity which bothered her. While non-invasive surface treatments could have postponed the need for a facelift, she wanted to get to the root of the issue and so Dr. Rad restored lifted, tightly sculpted cheeks and neck via deep plane face and neck lift which transformed her face subtly from bottom heavy to beautifully heart-shaped. Notice even the subtle under-eye dark circle that is beautifully corrected when upper cheek tissues are lifted back into position.


What are the Most Common Misconceptions about Facelift at a Younger Age?

Gone are the days of waiting until the 60s or 70s when the whole face has dropped and needs an overhaul. Nowadays patients are interested to look fresh earlier so they can enjoy their youthfulness for longer, and investing in your facelift now can be much more cost-effective in the long term than fillers.

Here are the top 5 misconceptions about facelifts at younger ages:

Shouldn’t I just keep using fillers to lift my face?
Fillers only fill, they don’t lift sagging tissues despite the heavily marketed, and misleading, term “liquid facelift”. Although fillers can prolong the need for a facelift by masking subtle age-related grooves and folds, they don’t address the true problem of tissue looseness. Eventually, facial tissues descend to the point where fillers won’t help and patients are in need of a facelift.

Isn’t a facelift only for older people?
Far from it. Women and men in their 40s and even in their 30s, want to stay looking fresh and like they’re not aging. Everyone has personal reasons for this, whether it’s staying relevant in the marketplace, feeling a need to look vibrant and energetic in their careers, or just doing it for personal reasons because it gives a boost in confidence and “raison de vivre.” Regardless of personal motivations, Dr. Rad’s patients want to look natural and present the best versions of themselves.

Will a facelift cause damage to my tissues so that it’s just better to wait?
In skilled hands, this is not at all true. In our youth, we have better tissue quality than in later years when our skin and tissues have thinned and aren’t able to hold tension as well. The advantage of stronger tissues is that facelift results will last longer, often 15-20 years, when done at an earlier age before one might consider another facelift. And, when a facelift is done well, tissues are not damaged and in fact, blood flow increases making future facelifts safe and feasible.

Aren’t fillers much less costly than a facelift?
Yes in the short term, no in the long term. Although a single filler treatment is unlikely to cost as much as a facelift, over time cost adds up eventually to more than the cost of a facelift, and then be back at square one of needing a facelift. For example, if you were to spend $5,000 per year on fillers, and a facelift costs $30,000 you will have spent the equivalent amount after 6 years. And, because fillers disappear, you’d still be back at “square one” of needing a facelift. So, in fact, the facelift at an earlier age has a value greater than just the dollar amount.

If I have a facelift now, I won’t be able to have one later, right?
This is a common misconception, and in fact, Dr. Rad commonly performs revision facelift for patients who have had a prior facelift. Provided that your first and subsequent facelifts were done well, without damage to skin or tension on facial structures to cause a windswept appearance, then revision facelift several times is safe and effective in prolonging your youthful appearance.



Your vision for your results will emerge through detailed consultation with Dr. Rad, meticulous examination of your anatomy, and careful pre-surgical planning. While his surgical approach is unique for each patient, the goal of naturalness remains constant. Looking over brow lift before and after photos in our gallery will help you better understand the results that Dr. Rad can achieve.

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What are Dr. Rad’s patients saying?

  • Dr. Rad performed a full face lift for me 6 months ago. My results are more and more beautiful each day. I look completely natural while also decades younger. Not only is he an expert, he is very kind and patient. He makes you feel comfortable throughout the entire process, and you always feel like you are his only patient–his main priority. In addition, his wife, Dr. Sherber is such a wonderful dermatologist. I intend to keep seeing both Dr. Rad and Dr. Sherber for a lifetime and recommend them to everyone for all cosmetic needs!
  • Dr R’s face lift work in September 2010 was exactly what I hoped it would be. All the problem areas are gone, but the results are nevertheless subtle and delicate. People ask me whether I’ve lost weight or just been on vacation, and tell me I look 15 years younger. No one, not even my GP, suspects I had a face lift.
  • I’m extremely happy with my experience with Dr. Rad and team. I went to him because of his background and experience in his field. His office is beautiful and they have all the safety and privacy in mind when you meet with them. Dr. Rad explained the procedure in full detail and I’m extremely happy with my results. I would recommend Dr. Rad to anybody considering doing any type of plastic surgery.
  • “Dr. Rad is an incredible plastic surgeon. His expertise is basically magic, and he is even more patient and kind. He makes sure you are so comfortable, answers all questions and more, walks you through your entire process, and genuinely cares about you and your results. After a full facelift with Dr. Rad, I look decades younger and so natural. Results grow more beautiful each day. His staff is accommodating, kind, and knowledgeable. They always know your exact details and are quick to respond to any questions you have. And to make Dr. Rad more perfect, his wife, Dr. Sherber, is a dermatologist in the same office and she is just as skilled as he is! highly recommend this doctor and office for all cosmetic needs! I intend to continue to visit for my lifetime.”

    A.B. in Washington, DC | October 3, 2018

Consultation with Dr. Rad


Our plastic surgery office in Washington DC is centered on your comfort and privacy. You’ll be received by our exquisitely attentive staff, and escorted to your own private cabana wherein you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable while consulting discreetly with Dr. Rad. First Dr. Rad will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery and during your consultation you should decide if Dr. Rad is the right surgeon for you. Credentials are crucial and, in addition to being Board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Rad is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and he enjoys an impeccable reputation as a top flight aesthetic surgeon. His facial plastic surgery expertise is sought out as one of the best surgeons in Washington DC, northern Virginia and the US.

Your safety is Dr. Rad's primary concern and he will review your medical history. You should inform Dr. Rad of any medical problems or medications that may affect your healing. If you are medically appropriate to undergo surgery then Dr. Rad's focus will be to understand what specific aesthetic concerns you have. Washington DC patients expect natural results with minimal downtime. Dr. Rad will spend time carefully listening to your concerns, asking clarifying questions and then masterfully guiding you, step by step, to understand how your unique anatomy can be improved to convey a rested appearance. Dr. Rad’s goal is to determine the most comprehensive approach for long lasting, natural results while minimizing downtime. Dr. Rad first needs to understand your specific concerns and you should prepare your thoughts prior to your consultation. Think of words that convey how you feel about your appearance. For example, Washington DC patients often say they look fatigued, tired or lackluster because of undereye bags or dark undereye circles, or they look sad, upset or disinterested such as from heavy eyebrows, excess skin above the eyes or downturned corners of the mouth. Patients often relate concerns of looking older than how they feel and this can be caused by jowls, nasolabial folds, loose neck skin, lines and wrinkles. Try to put into words how your appearance bothers you, and the priority you give to each area. Dr. Rad will then present to you his expert opinion about which procedures would be best to restore your anatomy to create a rested and refreshed appearance. And since surgery is intricate Dr. Rad will guide you through a stepwise approach of aesthetic analysis and he’ll deliver his recommendations in a clear and honest manner. Dr. Rad will present all options available in modern day surgery, both non-surgical and surgical.

Dr. Rad and Board certified dermatologist Dr. Sherber often collaborate to optimize patients’ results and to minimize invasiveness. As such Dr. Rad’s modern approach to surgery harnesses the power of both dermatology and plastic surgery as both specialities address different aesthetic challenges. For example, plastic surgery is effective to lift, tighten and volumize loose, atrophied tissues, whereas dermatologic treatments such as laser, radiofrequency tightening and skincare are best to improve skin texture, pigmentation and tone. Dr. Rad can address any concerns regarding skin quality and how to obtain and maintain optimal results.

Dr. Rad will review with you photos of his patients’ results (many of which you’ll not find online due to privacy concerns) to highlight his aesthetic approaches and skill. He will take your photographs, which remain confidential, to assist with the planning of your surgery. For your safety Dr. Rad performs surgery in a hospital-based operating room, considered to be the safest environment, rather than in the office. Anesthesia is delivered by a board certified anesthesiologist (MD) and you’ll be under light anesthesia which is important for your safety and comfort.

You will receive a customized quote for the procedures in which you’re interested. Once approved we may then move forward with pre-operative preparations and you will meet with Dr. Rad again at your final in person consultation prior to surgery. Dr. Rad’s reputation as one of the most technically gifted surgeons attracts patients nationally and from around the world. We cater to patients from across the globe by arranging virtual consultations, luxury accommodations at The Jefferson hotel, Washington DC’s most luxurious 5 star boutique hotel, as well as private nursing care. Your privacy, comfort and safely achieving exceptional results are our top priorities.


About your Washington DC surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials speak for themselves: Princeton (B.S.E, Magna Cum Laude), Duke School of Medicine (M.D.) and University of London (Ph.D.) educated and Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery trained, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and long-standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rad is considered an expert in facial plastic surgery and microsurgery. He is ranked the #1 plastic surgeon in Washington DC based on aggregate ratings from all independent ranking websites: “top rated local“, “three best rated” top plastic surgeon and “top plastic surgeon reviews“. SHERBER+RAD has never engaged in paid advertising, and all rankings, and reviews are from vetted and respected sources.

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What is the cost of facelift in my forties?

The cost of a facelift under Dr. Rad’s care starts at $11,000 and increases depending on anatomy, goals, and whether other facial procedures are combined with the facelift.

Oftentimes patients also want to refresh their eyes, lift the brows or outer eye corners (canthopexy), add facial volume with fat grafting, or perfect the nasal shape through rhinoplasty. These procedures boost the investment which, for total facial rejuvenation, can reach $65,000. Although the “upfront cost” is more significant, surgery is more cost-effective in the long run as compared with non-surgical treatments such as fillers. This is due to the fact that fillers are temporary and dissolve over 6-12 months. For example, if one spends $4,000 per year in filler treatment (twice per year, 2 syringes per session), the cost of a facelift will be equivalent to 3+ years of filler treatment without permanent improvement.

While filler certainly plays an important role in facial aesthetic treatments, their temporary nature causes costs to add up quickly without a permanent improvement, making facelift a very financially reasonable procedure at any age.

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