How Long Will My Face Lift Last?

ASAPS Members  Discuss Long Lasting Facial Rejuvenation

It is often said that a face lift can make you look 10-12 years younger, but how long do these results last?

Last weekend, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery gathered in Vancouver to discuss facial rejuvenation techniques and their longevity.

A panel discussion called “How Long Will My Facelift Last, Doctor?” investigated factors which affect longevity of a face lift, enabling the participants to educate their patients about what to expect.

Panelists included Chris Inglefield, MD, Mark L. Jewell, MD, Brian M. Kinney, MD, and W. Grant Stevens, MD. The discussion was moderated by Leo R. McCafferty, MD.

They posed questions like:

  • Which face lift techniques achieve enduring results?
  • Do anatomic factors play a role in face lift longevity?
  • How do secondary face lift procedures compare to primary ones?

“Plastic surgeons would like to offer rejuvenation procedures that last forever,” said Dr. Grotting of Birmingham, “and most patients would like this as well! This panel will give us an opportunity to try to reach some consensus on what we should be telling patients about how long they can expect to benefit from the investment they are making.”

The Clock Keeps Ticking

Face lift results can last a decade or longer, but each patient varies, with genetics and lifestyle playing a major role. Aging doesn’t stop after surgery, it continues to change a patient’s appearance in varying ways.

Minor Procedures Yield Short Term Results

Many patients today want a face lift with a short recovery period and a low cost. This approach often indicates a less aggressive face lift, which may not last as long as a traditional face lift. Patients need more frequent touch-ups in these cases.

“Instead of the classic facelift with a variable recovery time, most patients prefer a shorter procedure that can be maintained over a number of years,” said Dr. Javier De Benito. If required [patients undergo] re-tightening in the surgeon’s office under local anesthetic, allowing for an immediate return to work.”

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