How long will my facelift results last?
Your genes, skin quality, and maintenance routine are important factors in the longevity of your facelift. However, the facelift technique is the number one factor in determining how long the result will last. The more extensive the procedure, the longer the recovery period will be, and the longer you will enjoy the results.
Minimal Facelift or ‘Lunchtime’ Lift
A minimal facelift technique where the recovery is quick, but the results last the least amount of time.
Mini Facelift or ‘S-Lift’
A facelift with a small amount of skin undermining with limited SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system - the top layer connecting the facial muscles of the face) mobilization. A mini facelift is appropriate for younger facelift candidates. With this technique, the recovery is fast, and the results can last up to five years.
Full or Classic Facelift
Many types of operations fall into this class, such as SMAS platysma, SMAS-ectomy, SMAS imbrication, deep plane facelift, composite lift, or subperiosteal. These all require extensive rearrangement of the underlying facial tissues in addition to significant skin undermining. These techniques address more advanced facial aging. Full facelifts are technically demanding procedures that should only be completed by trained, board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons. The recovery is longer (two to four weeks), but the results generally last over ten years.
What do I need to consider after my facelift?
To achieve the most beautiful and safe outcome, it’s important you return to your aesthetic plastic surgeon's office for follow-up evaluations at prescribed times and whenever you notice any changes. Do not hesitate to contact your surgeon when you have any questions or concerns.