How long will the results from my facelift surgery last?
The results for facelift surgery are quite variable, and it’s a question that comes up again and again because people want to know, how long is it going to last? People are going to make an investment towards a procedure and they want to make sure spending X number of pounds is going to give them that length and longevity.
Firstly, it’s important to note that it can depend on the race of the patient, the age of the patient, and the lifestyle that they have lived. If someone has spent a lot of time in the sun, and they smoke, and they’ve not looked after their skin, then naturally their skin is a bit more worn than somebody who has always looked after their skin. Furthermore, age is also an important factor. Typical ages for having a facelift are people around the age of 50. With somebody who has relatively good quality skin and tissues at a younger age, they are more likely to get much more longevity out of their facelift surgery than somebody who chooses to have a facelift at the age of 80. This is because at 80 years old, the skin is much thinner and the elasticity is far less.
How long will it take to see the results of facelift surgery?
After facelift surgery, the face swells. You can get some bruising, and this varies from person to person. In the first couple of weeks after your surgery, there may be some swelling, asymmetry and bruising, which is natural as a result of surgery. In addition to this, the scars will be a bit red and a bit raised. They will then gradually subside until they fade and disappear. Therefore, under normal circumstances, within one to two weeks you should be able to see the results of your facelift surgery.
What results can I expect from facelift surgery?
Facelift surgery is really unique and bespoke to an individual. It’s important for the surgeon to assess the facial structures, the bone structures, the soft tissues, the skin, and to see what lies naturally within a patient’s face. For example, sometimes the case may be that the underlying skin and muscles need to be tightened vertically upwards or slightly backwards. Whereas, sometimes you have to lift the muscles up on the inside of the face while the skin is pulled backwards.
It’s also crucial to get the vector right, otherwise, you will end up getting a very unnatural result. Hence, the surgeon will work with the harmony of the patient’s face to ensure they get a good result. In order to get a good result, the patient should look refreshed but not look like they’ve had surgery.
However, a key point to highlight here is that there are two main ways of performing a facelift. One is to just address the skin, which never lasts that long. The other is to tighten the muscle, the foundation of the face first, as well as improving the texture of the skin. Studies have shown that tightening the muscle layer will give the longevity an average of 5 to 10 years. But equally it’s important to emphasise that with any facelift surgery, you’re not stopping the ageing process, you’re simply setting back the clock. Hence, when people say “5 to 10 years”, what they mean is that you go back to how you were in 5 to 10 years prior to your surgery.