How long do Facelift results last?
While minimally invasive and non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments have rapidly grown in popularity, surgical facelift procedures have remained the gold standard for those looking for long-lasting results.
Patients may be surprised to know that the actual longevity of a facelift is not set in stone. Multiple factors come into play with longevity, such as the specific type of facelift chosen and the age at which the surgery is performed.
Thankfully, there are steps that patients can take to extend the duration of their results. It’s important to note, however, that the natural aging process will continue, eventually causing the results of a facelift to diminish. Nonetheless, the impact of a facelift ensures a more youthful appearance that the patient wouldn’t have achieved otherwise.
How long do facelift results last on average?
While there are many factors to consider, the average facelift procedure elicits results that can last for ten to fifteen years. This applies to standard facelifts, which are a more comprehensive procedure than the mini facelift. Mini facelift results have been found to last for roughly ten years, on average.
How to make facelift results last longer
While a facelift can help patients look like younger versions of themselves, it does not halt the aging process. That said, patients can make their results last longer by having some good skincare habits and scheduling regular follow-up treatments for maintenance.
Some recommendations include:
Protecting the face from excessive sun exposure
Sun exposure is widely considered to be one of the top causes of premature aging. While avoiding the sun completely isn’t pragmatic or even recommended, limiting the amount of time you spend in the sun can have a great impact on the longevity of facelift results. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses whenever going out in the sun is also vital. It goes without saying that wearing a high-SPF sunscreen is also a good idea, as it can protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
Use skincare products regularly
Like any plastic surgery procedure, a facelift is a major investment. Patients can enhance and lengthen their results by using high-quality skincare products that cleanse, moisturize, and protect the skin. A daily skincare routine ensures that skin remains youthful and healthy for years to come.
Follow the advice of your surgeon
Surgeons who have years of experience in carrying out facelifts can provide thorough post-op instructions that ensure patients heal up as quickly as possible and enjoy their results for years to come. By following these instructions throughout the recovery process, patients can effectively extend the duration of their results.
Maintain a healthy weight
Large fluctuations in weight take a toll on the skin and negatively impact the results of facelift surgery. Shifts in weight affect the skin’s elasticity, leading to sagging in the neck and the development of jowls earlier than when is expected. It is recommended that patients eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain their current weight.
Refrain from smoking
Beyond excessive sun exposure, there is nothing that ages the skin faster than smoking. Chemicals found in cigarettes deplete the skin of vital nutrients essential for maintaining a youthful appearance, while the physical act of smoking contributes to the formation of lines around the mouth. Smokers usually have pronounced lines and wrinkles on their faces, making them look older than their actual age. Patients are instructed to quit smoking several weeks prior to the procedure. To ensure positive results in the long run, patients are recommended to refrain from smoking in the future.
Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
Drinking ample amounts of water and eating healthy, nutrient-dense foods is the best way to prolong your results. A healthy, balanced diet should be full of lean proteins, green vegetables, and monounsaturated fats. While it isn’t necessary to remove junk foods altogether, keeping them at a minimum is the best way to ensure healthy skin and minimal signs of aging in the future.
What is the takeaway?
Patients who are interested in a facelift are naturally curious about how long the results will last. This cosmetic procedure can achieve fantastic results that leave patients looking several years younger, and the results can last for ten years or longer. Taking the right actions to protect your results is the best way to ensure long-term youthfulness.
Dr. Corrado has aided countless patients on their journeys toward youthful excellence with facelift procedures. We provide everyone with comprehensive instructions to follow during their recovery period and for the remainder of their lives. Contact us today to schedule a private consultation and learn more about our Facelift procedures.