A facelift can dramatically alter the appearance, removing excess skin, tightening sagging skin, and generally giving the face a nice ‘lift.’ But how long does it last?
A facelift is not a permanent solution to an aging face – the face will continue to age, just as it had before. However, it does slow down the aging process and you will continue to look younger after the procedure. Most doctors agree that a facelift can ‘last’ anywhere from five to 15 years – but that patients will age more slowly and look younger than they would had they not undergone a facelift.
A healthy lifestyle can prolong the effects of a facelift:
- Smoking speeds up the aging process. Smokers often have deeper facial wrinkles, particularly “smokers’ lines” around the lips. Their skin also becomes thinner and less elastic.
- Sun exposure. Some studies have linked up to 80% of facial aging with UV exposure. Sun exposure may lead to more prominent wrinkles, pigmentation changes, as well as decreased skin elasticity.
- Weight fluctuations. Either being underweight or overweight can affect how old you look.
- Maintain a healthy diet and skin care regime. Taking care of yourself is the best way to slow down the aging process and continue to reap the benefits of a facelift.
While it will reduce the signs of aging and give you a more youthful appearance, it will not change your basic appearance or stop the aging process. A successful facelift will achieve balance and proportion restoring a naturally youthful look that enhances confidence and well-being. Many patients try dermal fillers to see if those treatments help them slow down the aging process or appear younger before undergoing a full facelift.
During your consultation with Dr. Correa, he will recommend the least invasive approach for achieving your desired and more youthful appearance. Knowing what it takes to meet specific patient needs and implement specific techniques to ensure the longest lasting results possible is what separates Dr. Correa in the facial rejuvenation industry. Schedule your consultation by calling (281) 419-9119 or filling out the form on this page. Correa Plastic Surgery proudly serves The Woodlands and the entire Houston metro.