When you had your first facelift, you might have hoped that it would be the last type of anti-aging surgery you would ever need. While the results from a facelift last for many years, the procedure itself doesn’t freeze time or keep your skin from aging. You’ll look younger, but will continue to age.
For that reason, some patients start to explore the possibility of having a second facelift many years after the first. As with your primary surgery, there are a number of things to consider before deciding to have a second facelift, and a number of reasons for wanting one.
Why a Second Surgery Might Be Right for You
Typically, there are two major reasons why a person would want another facelift. The first reason is similar to the reason why a person would want a revision rhinoplasty: he or she just isn’t happy with the results. While modern facelift techniques create a result that looks natural, some less experienced surgeons might still rely on outdated methods, which focus on tightening the skin and which usually produce results that look taut or windswept. Additionally, a patient might feel that the first surgery didn’t do enough to address the signs of aging on his or her face.
The second reason why a patient might consider a secondary facelift is if it’s been many years since the first one and if the signs of aging have started to creep up on him or her again. While results vary from patient to patient, in general, people can expect the results of their first surgery to last about 10 years. That means that a decade later, a person might begin to look older than he or she wishes to.
A small study, conducted over the course of 20 years and published in 2013, examined 60 patients who had secondary facelifts to help reduce the signs of aging. For the most part, the first and second surgeries were spaced about nine years apart. Of those 60 patients, 10 ended up having yet another surgery, about 7.5 years after the second procedure, suggesting that the results from a second facelift lasted about as long as the results from the first one.
Are You a Good Candidate?
One big consideration when thinking about another facelift is whether you are still a good candidate for the procedure. The same criteria apply when you are considering a second surgery as when you were considering the first. Your surgeon will evaluate your overall health and will use that as a guideline when recommending the procedure to you or not. If your health hasn’t changed, you’ll probably be good to go. But if you’ve developed a long-term condition in the intervening years, or if you had complications following your first procedure, a surgeon might be more hesitant about recommending a repeat.
Just like with your first surgery, you may have to make some changes to your habits before a second facelift. For example, smoking two weeks before and two weeks after is still forbidden. You may also have to hold off on taking certain supplements and should avoid certain medications, such as aspirin, before and after your surgery.
What Are Your Other Options?
Maybe the idea of having another surgery doesn’t sit well with you or your surgeon has determined that you’re not a good candidate for a second surgery. You still have a few options when it comes to fighting the signs of aging.
Injectable fillers such as Juvederm or Perlane won’t reduce or eliminate sagging skin or tighten loose skin, but they can help smooth any new wrinkles you’ve developed over the years. Laser skin resurfacing treatments can also help give you a more refreshed, youthful look, without surgery. Like fillers, laser treatments won’t tighten skin, but will help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and can help make your skin look more even in tone.
Maintaining Your Results
If you do end up having a second facelift, you probably want to do what you can to make sure the results from it last as long as the results from your first surgery. One of the best things you can do to prolong the results of your surgery.
Being extra cautious about sun exposure is one way to make your facelift results last longer. Remember your sunscreen any time you go outdoors, even on cloudy days. A good diet, plenty of exercise after you’ve healed, and plenty of water, will also help your results last as long as possible.
Whether you’re thinking about a facelift for the first time, considering a second surgery, or want to know what you can do to maintain your results, central Florida’s only double board certified, practicing facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ross Clevens, is here to help. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Clevens, call (321) 727-3223 today.