Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures in patients under 50 prior to undergoing facelift: Habits, costs, and results

Andrew A. Jacono, Melanie H. Malone, Thomas John Lavin

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Background: Facial rejuvenation in patients younger than 50 years of age has experienced an unprecedented growth with multimodality nonsurgical and less invasive rhytidectomy techniques. Objectives: To analyze the nonsurgical treatment habits of patients prior to undergoing rhytidectomy at <50 years of age. Methods: Retrospective study to enlist patients who underwent primary rhytidectomy at age <50 years between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2013 by the senior author (AAJ) to complete a survey. Results: One hundred and fifty-seven patients were surveyed. Patients had nonsurgical rejuvenation starting at an average age of 37 years and rhytidectomy at an average age of 44 years. Thirty-two percent of responders had injectable treatments prior to their facelift, reporting a mean of 7 rounds of injectable treatments prior to pursuing rhytidectomy. Sixteen percent of responders had laser skin resurfacing undergoing 4 separate treatments prior to rhytidectomy, and 10% had energy-based facial tightening treatments one time prior to their rhytidectomy. Average expenditure on nonsurgical treatments prior to rhytidectomy was $7000 cumulatively. Fifty-nine percent of patients who went on to rhytidectomy did not report regret over this cost expenditure. Patients reported that they appeared 4 years younger after nonsurgical intervention, and 8 years younger after their facelift, a statistically significant difference (P = 0.048). Conclusions: Patients undergoing rhytidectomy <50 years old begin less invasive facial rejuvenation treatments at an even earlier age. The majority of these patients did not regret the costs associated with noninvasive treatments, even though they saw that rhytidectomy provided a greater rejuvenation effect. Rhytidectomy surgeons should incorporate nonsurgical techniques into their practice to best serve the needs of the modern aging face patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-453
Number of pages6
JournalAesthetic Surgery Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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