It’s a simple question, but the answers are different for everyone. In one sense, your facelift will provide permanent results, as your facial tissues will always be tighter than if you hadn’t had the surgery. However, the results often tend to fade with time, as the aging process continues. How long your facelift will last depends on your procedure, genetics, and lifestyle.
With the right procedure and aftercare, most patients find that the results last well over a decade. So how can you ensure that your facelift results will last as long as possible?
The Right Facelift Technique
Many people can benefit from techniques that only tighten loose skin, without correcting the underlying tissues. These types of facelifts are less invasive and cause less downtime. However, they also last the least amount of time, as the sagging of these underlying tissues sometimes creates the appearance of aging within a few years.
Traditional facelift techniques, which tighten the underlying tissues and remove excess skin, often provide the longest lasting results. To ensure that your facelift surgery will last many years, you should consider when the signs of aging tend to appear in your family, and discuss this with your cosmetic surgeon.
How to Preserve Your Facelift Results
While your face will continue aging, there are some techniques that you can use to maintain the results of your facelift for longer.
- Protect your skin from the sun and avoid tobacco and alcohol. These lifestyle factors can contribute to the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
- Take care of your face with a regular skincare routine. This will minimize the signs of aging over the long term.
- There is a variety of nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments that can help you preserve your facelift for longer. Botox and Dysport can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Sculptra can add volume and definition. A chemical peel can supplement your skincare regime.