How Long Will My Facelift Last?

Undergoing facelift surgery — or any type of surgery — is a significant undertaking, one that should not be considered lightly. Facelift surgery requires a substantial recovery period and carries with it certain inherent surgical risks. On the other hand, facelift plastic surgery is an effective way to improve the look of wrinkles, loose skin that has lost elasticity, displaced fat, a loss of volume and a host of other signs of aging that can develop on the face.

Therefore, you should do your homework before undergoing facelift surgery, making sure to choose a highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Joshua Greenwald, a premier provider of plastic surgery in New York City, to perform your procedure. You should also be sure to do your homework and educate yourself about facelift surgery before you undergo the procedure. This includes asking one very important question: How long will my facelift last?

Are you ready for the answer to this question? If so, keep reading!

It’s All Relative

How long the aesthetic results from facelift surgery last varies from person to person depending on the facelift technique and individuals factors, such as the condition of the patient’s skin and if he or she smokes.

For example, patients who undergo the threadlift approach to facelift surgery typically experience aesthetic results that last between six to 12 months. Patients who opt for threadlift coupled with undermining — a technique that involves attaching a self-dissolving device onto the cheeks or brow — generally see longer-lasting results than with threadlift alone.

Patients who opt for minilift usually experience aesthetic results lasting two to four years. Also, undermining and suturing tissue into a new position during the minilift procedure could offer patients long-lasting benefits.

Those undergoing revision facelift surgery may not experience the same degree of facial rejuvenation as they did with the initial facelift procedure because the plastic surgeon has already repositioned some of the facial tissue. Nonetheless, the aesthetic results of revision facelift usually last two to seven years.

Patients who have chosen facelift with superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) treatment and volume restoration generally experience aesthetic results lasting five to eight years.

Additional Notes

It is important to note that for younger patients with minimal signs of facial aging, facelift results may last for less time than they do for older patients who undergo SMAS facelift with adjunct facelift procedures.

No one can completely stop the natural aging process. However, Dr. Greenwald offers a range of facelift techniques that will keep you ahead of the curve.

To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Greenwald to learn more about facelift surgery, please contact his practice by calling (212) 518-1642.