While it may seem simple enough to answer, the question of how long facelift results will last varies greatly from patient to patient. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that will determine how long you can expect to you enjoy your younger-looking appearance after a facelift.
The Importance of Surgical Skill
We have all seen people who have had a poorly performed facelift, which usually can be identified by unnatural tightness and/or obvious scarring. Picking the right surgeon is critical to getting quality facelift results that will last for years to come. Always choose a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifts so you can feel confident that you’re trusting your appearance to someone who has the right combination of skills, training and experience to deliver natural-looking results.
The Best Facelift Candidates
Whether or not you’re a good candidate for a successful facelift will depend on your skin elasticity, bone structure and overall health. Recent studies on facelift longevity indicate that patients under 50 who have facelifts generally enjoy their results longer than those scheduling the surgery later in life.
Many other factors will determine how long your facelift results will last. For example, nonsmoking patients without extensive sun damage have healthier skin that’s likely to maintain their youthful new look for longer. I also encourage my patients to adopt a quality skin care routine after surgery, which can contribute to longer-lasting results. Although the question of how long a facelift will last is ultimately subjective, my patients who are good facelift candidates and follow a smart skincare routine tell me they enjoy their results for up to 10 years or more.
Dr. Nirav Savalia is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orange County with offices in Newport Beach and Fullerton. Known for his skill, compassion and dedication to patient-centered care, Dr. Savalia works closely with each patient to develop an individualized plan to achieve their cosmetic goals. He is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.