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What are the long term effects of a facelift?

Erik A. Hoy, MD
Plastic Surgery
Although the effects of a facelift may be long-lasting, the procedure does not stop the aging process. Wrinkles may return, and when the effect eventually is less noticeable, some patients feel that the facelift "did not work". However, these patients would certainly have looked even more aged with the passage of time than if they had not had the facial rejuvenation. No facelift can keep the skin and soft-tissues of the face smooth forever. Most surgeons advise that after 5-10 years, you may need a secondary procedure to revise and renew your result. This obviously varies with the facelift technique used, the age at which you had the procedure performed, how well you care for your skin, and many other factors. Therefore, the longterm effects of a facelift are improved contour and an appearance of youthfulness versus your baseline. But, the degree of these effects depend upon the factors discussed.
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The long term effects of a facelift include reduction of the jowls, neck skin laxity, and improvement of the midcheek areas. This may be combined with a neck lift and tightening and a brow lift. Eyelid skin can also be reduced with a blepharoplasty procedure. After approximately 10 years, a secondary facelift may be required for recurrent skin laxity and gravitational effects.

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