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Secondary “Revision” Facelift in Philadelphia

A facelift is one of the most effective ways to achieve a more youthful appearance to the face and neck. Although facelift results are long-lasting, a facelift cannot completely stop the natural aging process. Prior facelift patients may begin to notice visible signs of sagging skin, the reappearance of jowls, or an overall tired appearance. To restore results from an original facelift, many men and women in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area choose Dr. Anthony Corrado to turn back the clock with a secondary facelift procedure, as his skill and artistry produces superior results.

Why have a revision facelift?

Other patients seek Dr. Corrado for evaluation and treatment to correct the results of a facelift gone wrong from a different surgeon. The results of a poorly performed facelift can often be readily apparent. Patients typically seek correction for the following concerns:

  • Lack of any noticeable aesthetic improvement
  • Relapse of aged appearance immediately after the original procedure
  • Persistent jowling and neck sagging
  • Persistent fat deposits in the neck or face
  • Poorly placed visible scars
  • Dimpling and puckering of the skin of the face and neck
  • An overdone or “wind swept” appearance
  • “Pixie ear deformity”, which gives the ear lobe a very stretched or elongated appearance
  • Hypertrophic scarring

How soon after my original facelift can I have a revision?

Typically, patients are asked to allow full healing to take place before another surgery is performed. Dr. Corrado recommends that patients wait nine to twelve months before having a revision facelift.

Many patients’ concerns can be corrected with a secondary or revision facelift. The first step is scheduling a consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Corrado, at which time your face can be evaluated. Following your evaluation, your options for correction will be discussed.  For patients considering a revision facelift, you may also be interested in a mini facelift or mid-facelift.

How many facelifts can I get?

The answer to this depends on multiple factors. In the past, many patients only had one facelift in a lifetime. These patients typically did not want to undergo the prolonged recovery associated with old-fashioned facelift techniques for the second time in their life.

Today, with the advent of modern facelift techniques that prove to be less invasive with quicker recovery, many patients have more than one facelift in their lifetime.

More and more patients are choosing to get mini facelifts, which are less invasive, to stop the clock at a younger age, and then undergo a secondary facelift later in life to correct more advanced signs of aging. There’s no truly “set” number of facelifts a patient can have. Many factors, such as skin quality, scar tissue, overall health, and the patient’s motives for having surgery will play a part in determining if they are a candidate for a revision facelift procedure. All of these factors are addressed by a facial plastic surgeon before performing secondary facelift surgery.

How long does a facelift last?

Other times, the longevity of results can be secondary to other factors independent of the patient. The type of facelift procedure performed will affect the length of the time your results last. Many cookie cutter or branded facelifts are marketed through radio and television which promote a “one-size-fits-all” fix for each individual. This is not the case in facelift surgery.

Why did my original facelift results not last?

Facelift results and their longevity are based on multiple factors. A facelift cannot stop the aging process—therefore, factors such as overall health, genetics, sun exposure, weight gain or loss, smoking, skin care, and emotional stress can play a part in the aging process and affect the longevity of facelift results.

Custom surgery for facelift revision

If a prior facelift has left a poor result, a revision must be performed by a facial plastic surgeon with outstanding credentials and a full understanding of facial structure. Dr. Corrado is a double board-certified with specialties in both facial plastic surgery and head & neck surgery. His delicate surgical techniques and attention to detail combined with an extraordinary level of artistry can help you restore a refined, elegant look and correct any errors from the primary surgery.

Facial surgery specialist for facelift revision: Dr. Corrado

If a prior facelift has left a poor result, a revision must be performed by a facial plastic surgeon with outstanding credentials and a full understanding of facial structure. Dr. Corrado is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with specialties in both facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (face and neck surgery). His delicate surgical techniques and attention to detail combined with an extraordinary level of artistry can help you restore a refined, elegant look and correct any errors from the primary surgery.

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Dr. Anthony Corrado discusses secondary revision facelift

If I have had a rhytidectomy from another surgeon and I am not happy, can I have a revision facelift?

Yes, Dr. Corrado has much expertise in revision rhytidectomy surgery and has helped many patients achieve the look they were hoping for. Dr. Corrado routinely consults with patients who have had prior procedures and are not happy with their results. He routinely performs revision facelifts in South Jersey to correct complications from prior procedures, or for patients who have continued to age and require another rhytidectomy.

Revision facelift surgery requires the expertise of a facial surgeon who has performed many of these procedures and is knowledgeable of the nuances associated with revisional surgery. Dr. Corrado routinely suggests that patients wait for a least one year after their initial surgery before having a revision. The face takes a year to fully heal and the true results cannot be evaluated until complete healing has taken place.

What can I do if I have noticeable scars from a prior rhytidectomy?

Hypertrophic scars refer to wide, thick, and raised scars along the incision lines. Many times, these scars occur because the incisions are not sutured properly, or the incision sutures are placed under a lot of tension.

Multiple treatments exist to correct this type of scarring, and the treatment choice usually depends on the extent of the problem. Minor thickened scars can many times be treated with steroid injections, which allow the scars to gently smooth and fade. For more moderate scars, laser resurfacing can be used. Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing provides a means to smooth out thick, raised incisional scars. For major scarring, many times surgical treatment is necessary. Surgical treatment involves removal of the thickened scar tissue and repeat suturing of the incision.

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