Secondary ‘Revision’ Facelift 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 just an overall tired appearance. To restore the results they achieved from their original facelift, many men and women in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area seek Dr. Anthony Corrado to turn back the clock with a secondary facelift procedure.
Other patients seek Dr. Corrado for evaluation and treatment to correct the results of a face lift gone wrong. 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 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 tunnel appearance
- Pixie Ear Deformity, which gives the ear lobe a very stretched or elongated appearance
- Hypertropic scarring
Many of the patients’ concerns listed below can be corrected with a secondary or revision facelift. The first step is scheduling a consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, at which time your face can be evaluated. Following 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.
Typically, patients are asked to allow full healing to take place before another surgery is performed. We typically ask patients to wait 9-12 months before having a revision facelift.
The answer really 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 fashion facelift techniques for a second time in their life. Today with the advent of modern facelift techniques which prove to be less invasive with quicker recovery, many patients are having more than one facelift in their lifetime. Patients are having less invasive Mini Lifts to halt the signs of early aging at younger ages, while undergoing a secondary facelift later in life to correct more advanced signs of aging. There is not truly a set limit to the number of facelifts a patient can have. Many factors such as skin quality, scar tissue, overall health and the patient’s overall motivation for having surgery will play a part in determining if a patient is a candidate for a revision facelift procedure. All of these factors are addressed by a facial plastic surgeon prior to performing secondary facelift surgery.
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, tobacco, skincare and emotional stress can play a part in the aging process and effect the longevity of facelift results.
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 on radio and television which promote a one size fits all fix for each individual. This is not the case in facelift surgery. Patients need to be treated individually, with a customized procedure which specifically addresses their degree of aging and desired results. Physician expertise and skill also play a major role in longevity of results. It is suggested that you seek a board certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in facelift surgery. Novice surgeons, or those not performing facial rejuvenation surgery on a consistent basis, may not be best suited for providing optimal results.
Lastly, all patients are warned about the pitfalls of bargain shopping. Everyone loves a great deal, but it is best to not bargain shop when it comes to your face.