SUMMARY: A facelift procedure is designed to help a patient reveal a more youthful appearance, reduce wrinkles and tighten areas of sagging skin. Over time the effects of a facelift can gradually lessen and surgeons often recommend renewal facelift procedures to help prolong a youthful appearance for their patients.
As with any other cosmetic procedure, a facelift is supposed to make you look and feel better for a really long time. Unfortunately, we can’t (yet) stop the aging process. So while your results may last up to 15 years, a facelift is – like everything else in life – not permanent.
As it turns out, though, the inevitable temporality of the rhytidectomy (the fancy term for a facelift) doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker. If your facelift reaches its expiration date, you have the power to renew it. And new research shows that you can do so safely and successfully. In fact, according to New Beauty, your first facelift may even create an effective basis for great results from a second one.
A Second Time Around
Secondary facelift procedures have been performed for decades, but a recent study published in the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS), lends new credence to their safety.
The author of the study, Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, collected 20 years of patient data. Among others, he followed 60 secondary-facelift patients as well as 10 people having a third procedure. An average of 9.0 years had passed between patients’ primary and secondary procedures, and 7.5 years between secondary and tertiary surgeries. Dr. Rohrich concluded that secondary facelift procedures present no more complications than first-time procedures, and often create results that last just as long.
The News From Florida
The data support the safety of facelift procedures for seniors. A 2011 study, also published by ASPS, addressed facelift patients specifically, dividing them into two groups with average ages of 57.6 and 70.0. The researchers found consistently low complication rates between the two age groups, ultimately theorizing that a facelift patient’s age alone does not pose a specific surgical risk.
The Sunshine State’s sizable population of a certain age makes it a prime milieu for both primary and secondary facelifts. The practice of Dr. Kenrick Spence, a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers full and mini face lift in Orlando, attracts a number of people seeking a secondary procedure. Many of these patients are well into their 60s or older.
Creating long-term relationships is a central focus of Dr. Spence’s practice, so secondary facelifts (for those who need them, anyway) are a natural fit. With resources such as a medical spa for long-term facial care and a fly-in program for out-of-town patients, the practice puts a concerted effort into maintaining its patient base for years to come. Secondary facelifts can be part of that equation.
If you are interested in a facelift – or a second or third – don’t forget to ensure your safety by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon.