How Long Does a Facelift Usually Last?

Are there any factors that determine the time frame of a facelift? Like genetics or the type of environment we live in. I'm excited by the idea of getting a fresh start and feeling young and beautiful again.

carlasdreams

F, 49, Virginia

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  So genetics play a huge role in facial aging as well as environment. Things such as exposure to smoking, and sun damage can have significant effects on your facial appearance. I tell my patients that a facelift will last forever because no matter what because the changes that are achieved with a facelift are permanent meaning that you will always look better in the future vs. never having the procedure at all. How long it  "lasts" is impossible tor really say but the younger you have your facelift, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will provide a long term result. In  general because the health of your skin and soft tissue is much better in your late 40's than it is in your late 60's the changes can be maintained for a long time. Good Luck! 

How long a facelift lasts depends upon many factors.  Younger patients with good quality skin, nonsmokers, and those who take good care of their skin tend to have longer lasting results than older patients, smokers, and those who do not keep up with proper skin care.  Also, certain facelift techniques have been shown to be longer lasting than others.   In general, a facelift should last about 10 years before the signs of facial aging that were corrected from the facelift become an issue again.  To achieve natural, long-lasting results, I recommend you seek out an experienced surgeon for the procedure.  Good luck!

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The right time for a facelift is whenever you and your board certified plastic surgeon see enough evidence of facial aging to make it a procedure from which you'll derive value. This may be at your current age or may make more sense for you to wait until there is more sagging of skin and descent/wasting of fat to make the change from a facelift "worth the money." 


Clearly, there are factors that influence aging like genetics, environment (esp. sun exposure and use/nonuse of sunscreen), smoking, alcohol use, other medical problems, etc. 


Feel free to reach out for more information if you are considering a facelift at this time.

- Dr. Sayed