How Long Does a Facelift Last?

Women touching her face in the mirror (model)

You can enjoy the results of your facelift for up to 10 years! Individual outcomes will vary, however, you’ll need to do your part to maintain your results. Many factors, such as the aging process, gravity, and sun damage, can have an impact. But even considering these factors, you can enjoy firmer, more youthful skin and a contoured jawline for a long time.

Things To Consider Before Getting a Facelift

Talk to your plastic surgeon to see if you’re a good candidate for a facelift. You can also combine your facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery for full facial rejuvenation.

Overall Health

Discuss any health issues with your plastic surgeon before the surgery. You should be in good overall health before undergoing a facelift.

Weight Fluctuations

Weight fluctuations can have a big impact on your results. If you’re aware of the possibility that you could gain or lose a significant amount of weight, such as with pregnancy, it may be better to postpone your procedure until you’re back to your ideal weight.

Your Expectations

Unrealistic expectations can set you up for disappointment. A facelift can give you a fresher, more youthful appearance that lasts for many years, but it won’t make you look 20 years younger or identical to your favorite celebrity. It’s important to discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon to get a realistic idea of what you can expect.

What You Can Do To Optimize Your Facelift Results

Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Recommendations

Follow your plastic surgeon’s aftercare instructions, including taking care of your surgical drains and allowing yourself plenty of downtime to recuperate. This will help the healing process go smoothly and allow you to achieve the best possible results.

Take Care of Your Skin

Remember to be gentle with your skin after your facelift to avoid irritation. If you need to go outdoors in strong sunlight, wear protective clothing and use a full spectrum sunscreen on your face and neck. Invest in high-quality anti-aging skincare products to help keep your skin supple and hydrated.

Maintain a Stable Weight

Weight gain can cause the fat cells in your face to enlarge, affecting your facelift results. And weight fluctuations can cause your skin to sag over time and could create the need for a repeat facelift procedure.

A diet consisting of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables can help you maintain a healthy weight and preserve your facelift results.

While the benefits of a facelift can be long-lasting, don’t forget the important role you play in maintaining them. Our team wants you to be as pleased with your results as the patients pictured in our before and after photo gallery. If you’re ready to roll back the years with a facelift, request a consultation or call us at (818) 500-0823 to schedule an appointment.

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