Doctor, I am only 36 years old and would like a facelift. I spent most of my childhood outside and have some sun damage. I used to be a smoker as well. Am I too young for a facelift? If I have a facelift now, is there any way to predict how long those results will look good as I continue to age?

The most important thing you can do to help achieve a more youthful appearance is stop smoking. The second thing you can do is use sunblock. At 36 years of age, you may benefit from less invasive procedures to address your main concerns. For example, I get the sense that you are concerned with sun-damaged skin, fine lines, and/or wrinkles. These can be addressed with laser resurfacing. I tend to prefer using a fractionated laser to correct these issues. I have had experience with several different types of lasers. Currently, I am using the Sciton fracionated laser with great results. This procedure is performed in the office, takes approximately 1 hour, and has a social downtime of approximately 1 week.