When it comes to facial rejuvenation, facelift is considered to be the gold standard. The surgical procedure addresses various signs of aging in the middle and lower facial regions, including creases between the nose and mouth, loose, excess skin on the cheeks and along the jawline, and hollow or sunken cheeks.
When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the results of facelift can last 10 to 15 years. However, there are other factors that affect the quality and longevity of your results. The Portland Face Doctor’s Dr. David Magilke explains more in this blog post.
Preparing Your Skin for Surgery
Even the most expertly performed facelift has limitations. If your skin has sustained years of sun damage, you smoke or have experienced significant weight fluctuations, your facelift results are more likely to be underwhelming. In other words, the healthier your skin is before facelift, the better the outcome.
Regardless of whether you’re considering facelift in six months or six years from now, it’s best that you be proactive in your skin care. This includes using quality skin care products, maintaining a stable weight, applying sunscreen regularly and not smoking. Undergoing non-surgical treatments like chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing is also a good option.
Post-Op Skin Care Also Matters
It is very important that you continue practicing good skin care habits after your facelift. The better you take care of your results, the longer they will likely last. At The Portland Face Doctor, our skin care specialists can evaluate your skin type and needs, and recommend the best products.
Touch-Up Your Results with Injectables
Routine treatments with cosmetic injectables are a part of many facelift patients’ post-op regimens. Botox and dermal fillers can fill in lines and wrinkles that form on the skin years after facelift.
Dermal fillers are also a great solution for volume loss. Over time, fat and volume are lost, creating a saggy or deflated appearance. While facelift can redistribute displaced fat on the face, it cannot add new fat. Dermal fillers add volume and fullness, and are often used to enhance the results of facelift either during or after the procedure.
The Bottom Line
The most important factor in the success of your facelift results is the surgeon that performs the procedure. A board-certified and experienced facelift surgeon will be up to date on the latest and most advanced techniques, and therefore be able to provide natural-looking and long-lasting results. They will also give you personalized advice on what you can do after your surgery, based on your personal needs and goals.