Facelifts are one of the most dramatic cosmetic surgeries for rewinding the hands of time and creating a younger-looking appearance. The surgery, reserved for those experiencing prominent signs of aging, is life-changing for patients who want to address loose skin and sagging tissue. The goal of a facelift is to still look like yourself, yet refreshed–almost like you came back relaxed and rejuvenated from a long spa vacation.
While a facelift can improve the signs of aging, it works more like a reset for the face. Just because you choose to undergo a facelift does not mean that you will be immune to additional age-related signs in the future. A facelift ‘resets the clock’ and can reverse the look of aging skin, fat, muscle, and tissue, but you will continue to age from this newer starting point.
On average, the results of a facelift last anywhere from ten to 15 years. The face will age better with a facelift than without facial surgery. Plus, the tissue, muscle, fat, and skin operated on will be repositioned to a more youthful position, so as they continue to age, they will age from this new point.
The specific type of facelift you choose to do, for example, a mini facelift versus a traditional one, can also influence the longevity of the results. More invasive facial procedures produce longer-lasting results since more work is done on the face’s underlying structures.
The aging process and the results begin to take hold as soon as the surgery is complete and all healing subsides. Therefore, a good skincare routine is imperative to maintain the results. You’ll also want to wear sunscreen daily and avoid unnecessary sun exposure as much as possible. Maintaining an ideal weight and not smoking or excessively drinking will help prolong the results, too.