How Long Does a Facelift Last and How Can I Maintain Its Results?

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Skin loses its elasticity as a natural part of the aging process. Sagging, wrinkly skin can make you look older than you are. A facelift is a cosmetic surgery that eliminates wrinkles and tightens facial skin so you can look and feel younger. Unfortunately, you cannot stop time, and the results of your facelift will not last forever. You can, however, extend the benefits of a facelift by following a few simple tips.

Here are a few factors that may affect how long your facelift will last.

Surgical Technique

Every face is unique, which means that each facelift patient embarks on their journey from a different starting point and has different goals. Therefore, each individual procedure should be customized to meet your personal needs. Some facelift techniques that you can choose from include the full, standard facelift, and the mini facelift.

A full facelift focuses on the effects of moderate to advanced aging of the face and neck. During the procedure, a surgeon will make a long incision that encircles the ear just inside the hairline. This will rearrange the fat and lift the muscles before the skin is pulled tight and sutured. The results of a standard facelift are more striking than a mini facelift’s results and can last five years or more.

A mini facelift employs smaller, s-shaped incisions around the ears. Skin is lifted, trimmed, and sewn shut in its new location. This procedure leaves the skin of the chin and neck tighter, which smooths the lower part of the face. The benefits of a mini facelift can last between two and five years.

Genetics

When you were younger, did you wish you looked more mature? Some people have always looked younger than their age while others have looked older. You may have been aware of your own traits long before you considered facial surgery. Genetics plays a prominent role in the pace of aging for everyone. This means that your genetic makeup will help determine how long your facelift’s effects will endure.

Lifestyle

Medical science today has proven that lifestyle affects every aspect of our health, including how we age. Healthy living encompasses exercise, good eating habits, proper hydration, and adequate sleep. Practice good habits before and after your facelift to extend the outcome for as long as possible. If you smoke, you might consider quitting. Limit alcohol consumption and other potentially damaging behaviors.

Choice of Surgeon

The final, most crucial factor in determining how long the results of a facelift will last is, choosing a skilled cosmetic surgeon. Be sure to ask if the surgeons at your consultation are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. The ABPS is an organization that sets standards for the education, testing, and ongoing certification of plastic surgeons. You might also ask how many facelifts your surgeon has performed – there is no substitute for experience!

Fortunately, Dr. Layton is a skilled surgeon who is prepared to answer any questions you have regarding this procedure and ensure that you are satisfied with the results.

Extend the Results of Your Facelift

If you have recently gotten a facelift, it may important to engage in the following practices:

  • Follow post-op instructions
  • Use sunscreen
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure
  • Maintain a healthy BMI

Contact us for more information about non-surgical facial treatments like SkinTite, FaceTite, Renuvion, and other wellness services. Call now to schedule a consultation.