A member asked:

Is it possible for a 50 year old to get a facelift & breast lift and look again like 30?

32 doctors weighed in across 16 answers
Dr. Jon Perlman answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Probably not: After my facelifts patients have told me that they look 20 years younger. But, they were older than 50. Most look 10-15 years younger with the benefit of surgery and skin rejuvenation. You want to look healthier, younger and better than before surgery but it's unrealistic to think that you can look like a 30 year-old. The appearance of your hands and skin will probably be a give away of age.

Answered 10/13/2011

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Dr. Darab Hormozi answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Probably not: Facelifts and breast lift will impove the aging signs but it would be unrealistic to expect looking 30 again.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Dr. Todd Sisto answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

The wording : Of this question comprises a "red flag" for unrealistic expectations about both the actual surgical outcome and it's desired impact on the patients social life.

Answered 11/10/2015

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Results Vary: In my experience of over 1000 facelifts, the results can vary dramatically depending on many factors including your facial anatomy and the quality of your skin. I don't like to suggest how many years are removed - simply that we are trying to achieve improvements in the amount of sagging skin. Rejuvenation efforts are often complimented by laser resurfacing and fillers to optimize results.

Answered 11/25/2013

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Dr. Mike Bowman answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Get a consultation: I only perform facial plastic surgery, but improvement from 50 to 30 is probably an unrealistic expectation. You need a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. He or she should be able to explain what you can expect after rejuvenation surgery. If you do not feel you both are on the same page with your expectations, u should not have surgery.

Answered 8/22/2013

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Dr. Ronald Shelton answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Breast and face lift: Usually a 50 year old won't have so much damage that they could look twenty years younger after surgery, however there are some patients, especially smokers and sun bathers (when younger) who have such damaged dermal collagen that their skin looks like they toiled in the fields for decades. Resurfacing with fraxel laser or portrait plamsa at a different time can make the patient look much younger.

Answered 5/9/2014

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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

No: Getting a facelift is not like stepping into a time portal! you will look younger, rejuvenated, refreshed, etc., there is no way to guarantee that you will look 20 years younger.

Answered 7/21/2013

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Possible: not likely: This is possible but not likely and falls under the category of having realistic expectations.

Answered 7/21/2013

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Dr. Francisco Agullo answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Close: A good facelift can remove 10-15 years from your appearance. A breast lift should make you perkier and have more upper pole fullness like in your 20s.

Answered 7/5/2012

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Dr. Ralph Rosato answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Probably not: The aim of surgery is to make you the best you can be. The clock can be turned back however a breast lift can only be done with some scarring. Many factors that are out of your surgeons control influence your results. Good genes are a must, no smoking, eat well and maintain a stable weight, avoid excess weight and exercise regularly.

Answered 3/16/2017

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Dr. Janet Turkle answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Depends: Certainly the procedures that you seek will give you a more uplifted contour and a more rested appearance, it is difficult to say how much more youthful you will appear.

Answered 4/24/2015

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Dr. David Sherris answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Depends: Your specific anatomy, skin condition and health will effect your final outcome. Most people probably look 10 years younger. Loose but health skin responds the best to facelifts. See a surgeon for a consultation to gauge your expectations.

Answered 7/27/2013

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Dr. Tom Pousti answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

No.: Achieving realistic expectations is a very important part of the preoperative communication process. Frankly, if i see a patient who would like to look about half of his/her age, i would be very concerned about “red flags”. Best not to proceed then be disappointed with the outcome….

Answered 7/21/2013

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Dr. Richard Galitz answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Unrealistic promises: A good surgeon always lessens expectations and tries to get more than hoped for....That way everyone is realistic about the prospective results. This also keeps the patient - doctor relationship honest and forthright.

Answered 9/9/2013

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Dr. Suzanne Galli answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

From 50 to 30?: While a facelift can turn the clock back, it is not realistic to restore your 30 year old self. There are many anatomical changes as we age, including thinning of the skin, sagging of the underlying tissues and even bony changes. For many there is a loss of volume, as well. The goal of surgery is usually improvement.

Answered 10/31/2014

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Dr. Thomas Fiala answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Not realistic: Most facelifts help people look about 8 to 10 years younger. It's unrealistic to expect to look 20 years younger, even with an excellent surgeon.

Answered 6/5/2015

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