Facelift surgery is not something that any patient or facial plastic surgery takes lightly. It is a delicate surgery that can erase years from the face and achieve very dramatic results for its patients. Yet, there is no surgery that can completely freeze the hands of time. For some post-surgical facelift patients, the concept of a second surgery never becomes a concern. There are other patients, however, who might find themselves considering a second facelift surgery at some point years after their first one. Understanding what motivates these men and women to pursue a second surgery can help you to make the decision for yourself.
Reasons for a Second Facelift Surgery
When patients do opt for a follow-up facelift surgery, the first step is to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon who can assess your eligibility for surgery and help you to reach your optimal results. For this reason, many will return to the facial plastic surgeon who performed their first facelift surgery, if possible, in the hopes that he or she will be able to achieve those same results for a second time around. Secondary facelifts are planned on an individual basis, so it may or may not be possible to see those results again or have a second surgery. Talking to a trusted facial plastic surgeon can help you answer all of these questions.
In rare cases, patients aren’t looking to recreate first surgery results so much as they are hoping to make additional changes or correct poor results. If you feel that your results were disappointing or your facelift surgery led to unwanted side effects, such as unevenness or pinching and pulling of the skin, you should consult with a different facial plastic surgeon to help you plan a corrective facelift procedure.
When Patients Seek Secondary Facelift Surgery
Presuming a patient is happy with his or her results following a primary facelift surgery, these satisfactory results will typically last for about 10 to 12 years. During this time, the patient will experience that rejuvenated and refreshed look after surgery. He or she may seem to age slower than friends and family members, always looking just a little bit younger. Still, however, time won’t stop and gravity and aging will begin their work once more. You’ll still look younger than you would have without a facelift, but you might not be feeling so rejuvenated anymore.
Most patients turn to secondary facelift surgery when they notice the skin loosening, the shifting of fatty tissue, and the formation of new lines and wrinkles. Somewhere around 10 to 12 years after that first facelift, patients might begin to consider a second procedure, if at all. Facial plastic surgeons across the US have noticed a recent spike in secondary procedures, which may be due to one of the following factors:
• A larger (and growing) population of middle-aged men and women in the US
• Longer average lifespans
• Growing popularity of facial plastic procedures, especially facelift surgery
• Increased interests among younger patients, sometimes as young as their early 40s
With men and women living longer past the date of that first facelift surgery, a marked increase of secondary facelift requests has come to be. As a result, facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Andrew Frankel have become highly skilled at performing these secondary procedures, which may sometimes be more difficult and involved than previous surgeries. Such procedures are considered to be much safer and more effective today than even a decade ago.
Consult With a Facelift Expert Today for Your Best Results
Whether you’re planning a first or a second facelift surgery, make sure you’re working with an expert in the field to get your very best results. Learn more about the facelift process when you consult with Dr. Andrew Frankel, board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). His focus is on facial rejuvenation, especially through procedures such as the facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery, as well as rhinoplasty. Since 1994, Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic and earned recognition as an expert in his field. He has many publications on a variety of topics including midface lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.