How Long Will Your Facelift Last?

mature woman smilingFacelifts can give some pretty amazing results — firm, youthful skin, sculpted features, and a rejuvenated glow. But how long can you expect the results to last? While most people can expect their facelifts to last about eight to 10 years, some factors can influence the longevity of your results.

What Areas Are Involved in Your Facelift

The first thing to consider is that facelifts are actually a combination of facial procedures customized to give each patient their desired results. Some people choose to have just the skin lifted in the lower half of their face. Others choose to have work done on their eyes, forehead or neck as well. Each procedure yields different results that last varying amounts of time. For instance, the lower cheek area is typically the first place you’ll see a relapse, while the neck, eyelid and eyebrow areas typically maintain their results for much longer than 10 years.

Who Performs Your Procedure

As in every aspect of life, the quality of work relies on the quality of the cosmetic surgeon performing it. Before making the decision to have a cosmetic procedure done, you need to do a lot of homework by asking questions such as:

  • Which procedures would be best for me?
  • What will recovery be like?
  • How permanent are the results?
  • And, most important of all, how do I find the most qualified surgeon?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) suggests that surgeons should:

  • Have a degree from an accredited medical school
  • Complete at least six years of surgical training, including a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Hold a board certification from a well-respected group, like ASPS
  • Perform surgery only in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities

What Your Skin and Bone Structure Is Like

Unfortunately, some things are just not under your or your surgeon’s control, like the overall quality of your skin and bone framework. For example, if your skin has less elasticity than is typical, you shouldn’t expect your results to last as long as they would in someone with a normal amount of skin elasticity. While you aren’t able to change these factors, your surgeon should be able to identify them and discuss possible complications before you undergo a procedure.

Your Willingness to Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

It’s a pretty simple concept — healthy lifestyle choices enhance your appearance and unhealthy choices detract from it. Nutritious eating and consistent exercise keep you looking and feeling your best, but there are two other lifestyle factors that also play a big role in how long your facelift results hold up: smoking and sun damage.

To extend the life of your facelift, avoid smoking and being around others who are smoking. Also, make sure you’re not getting too much sun exposure and that you’re following sun-safety tips. Use a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher every day and avoid being out in the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The expert cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are experienced in performing facelifts. We’ll guide you through the process from consult to recovery and help you get the results you are looking for.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a cosmetic surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

About Dr. Nahai

Dr. Foad NahaiFoad Nahai, M.D., F.A.C.S., Maurice J. Jurkiewicz chair in Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, has taught for over forty years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery where he served as a director of the board for six years.

Not only do Dr. Nahai’s patients, but also his peers, benefit from his incomparable wealth of experience. His contributions to the field of plastic surgery make him a highly sought-after presenter, both domestically and internationally. He has developed and implemented many procedures, some of which he has been invited to demonstrate live.

 

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