New Year, New You? Knowing When it’s Time for A Second Face Lift
Resetting the Clock
A facelift can help you look years younger by doing what we consider “resetting the clock” on facial aging. However, it does not stop the clock it only resets it. No matter how many procedures you have, aging is inevitable, so sagging skin may reappear at some point. If it’s been at least five years since your last facelift, you can possibly consider a secondary facelift to correct the effects that are likely to happen over time. Step into the New Year with an even more youthful appearance than before!
How Long Do Facelifts Last?
Every person’s skin is different. Age, natural skin elasticity, lifestyle choices, and how well you take care of your skin all play a part in how long your facelift results will last. If you are fairly young when you have a facelift and maintain an excellent skin care regimen, you should expect your results to last longer than older patients who may smoke and neglect wearing sunscreen. In addition to these factors, the plastic surgeon you choose impacts what type of results you achieve and how long they will last.
On average, people who have had facelifts are usually happy with their results between 7 to 10 years. After this time frame sagging may occur again and patients who are adamant about maintaining a younger appearance will opt for a secondary facelift. On the other hand, you have individuals who get a mini-facelift and these patients may want a touch up in as little as 5 years.
Is It Time for Round Two?
When considering if you should get a secondary facelift you should take a few things into consideration in addition to how you feel looking in the mirror. If any of the below apply to you then it’s probably time to consult with your doctor to discuss your options:
• Jowls Are Back
Jowls have resurfaced and you’re anything but happy to see them. You are not welcoming them back into your life and a facelift is the only procedure that can correct moderate to severe jowls.
• Extra Layers in the Summer
You’ve pulled out the scarves to cover up your neck and it’s 80 degrees outside. If your face and neck are dictating your wardrobe choices, then an additional facelift will probably make you feel more confident again.
• Non-invasive Treatments Aren’t Cutting It
Non-surgical treatments are not getting the job done. Fillers and skin resurfacing treatments are great methods of maintaining facelift results, but they can only do so much. Having a secondary facelift can provide long-lasting improvements for sagging skin and deep facial folds and can be more cost-effective in the long run.
• Initial Facelift Gone Wrong
It’s simple, you’re not happy with your initial facelift. If you aren’t satisfied with the results of your first surgery, you don’t have to hold off until your skin starts changing to do something about it. A qualified plastic surgeon can help improve imperfections like a too-tight or pulled aesthetic.
Choose Your Plastic Surgeon Wisely
A secondary facelift usually includes the same steps as an initial facelift. Incision locations are typically the same, and recovery time is either the same or shorter. However, operating on someone who has already had a facelift requires particular surgical skills.
For example, the plastic surgeon will have to vary on their approach depending on how the previous surgery was performed. If the first facelift was done well then the follow up should be simple and straightforward. However, if the patient wasn’t satisfied with the results or if the surgeon wasn’t properly skilled and things like poor incisions or over-tensioning in the cheeks occurred, then the second procedure is likely to be more complex.
Additionally, the plastic surgeon will be working with less skin and thinner tissue the second time around, which leaves little to no room for error. Replacing volume that has been lost is a higher priority, so your plastic surgeon must have the skills necessary to perform a facelift with fat injections or facial fillers if necessary. Keep that in mind because it’s imperative to choose a surgeon who is very experienced in secondary facelifts.
We’ve Got Your Back
At Aventura Plastic Surgery, we can help you decide if a secondary facelift is the best option for you. Dr. Galitz is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, who began his private practice in Aventura, Florida and has continued in the same location for the past 30 years. He routinely performs and is masterfully adept at numerous facial restoration procedures including facelifts.
During a private consultation, he will evaluate your needs and help you decide on procedures that will address your concerns and achieve the best results. Give us a call at (305) 974-0505 to schedule your free consultation and get one step closer to your New Year’s look.