longevity of face lifts

Many changes can happen to our face as we age. For instance, brown spots and wrinkles may form; there is a loss of volume around the temples and cheeks; formation of dynamic lines from overactive muscles; loss of facial skin elasticity, and more. With that in mind, there are noninvasive procedures that can be used to address one or more of these concerns, or maybe a combination of them to correct a few more issues. However, a face lift procedure is designed to hit the majority of these factors in a single procedure. If you are considering the procedure, it is important that you know about the longevity of face lifts.

What are Face Lifts?

Also known as rhytidectomy, face lifts are a type of face procedure designed to reduce the obviousness of facial wrinkles and various telltale signs of aging. In other words, it is a major surgery that one can opt for to improve the overall appearance of one’s jaw and face. You should know that there are many types of face lifts. Depending on one’s age, one may opt for a partial face-lift, lower face-lift, or full facelift. Partial face lift procedures are sought after by those who are in their early 40s and full procedures are suitable for individuals who are in their 50s or 60s. In some cases, individuals also opt for face lifts due to medical conditions or a massive weight loss that cause severe skin laxity and premature aging.

How Long Can the Effects of Face Lifts Last?

In most cases, a face lift procedures can last the individual several years (potentially up to 12 years). However, one continues to age after his or her face lift, and depending on how well your skin ages, weight maintenance, sun exposure, and your lifestyle, the lasting effects of a face lift vary from person to person. In addition, a revision procedure may be needed in the future, and that depends on the degree of the first facelift and one’s age.

Yes, face lifts can produce dramatic and amazing results. However, the results do not last forever. What you can do on your end is to cultivate healthy lifestyle habits. For example, avoid smoking, adopt a proper skin care routine, stick to the judicious use of sunscreen, and more.

Apart from taking good care of yourself, your doctor may achieve longer-lasting lift results by addressing deeper facial tissues in multiple areas to reduce swelling and bruising; or using a combination of skin laser treatments, fillers, neuromodulators, and periodic BOTOX along the way to maintain the results of your previous face lift procedure for longer.

If you are interested in the face lift procedure, it is pertinent that you discuss your goals with our board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Newman. This way, you can ensure that you are choosing the perfect procedure for your needs, as well as achieve more natural looking and longer lasting results. After all, there is no cookie cutter solution when it comes to facial rejuvenation or face lifts.