A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to refresh and rejuvenate a patient’s facial appearance by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the underlying tissue and muscles, and smoothing the remaining skin on the face and neck. Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a highly qualified, Board Certified plastic surgeon, has been performing facelifts and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures at Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida, since 1998. As such, he has extensive experience and can provide expert advice on facelifts and other cosmetic procedures.

If you are interested in a facelift, you might be wondering how long you can expect the results to last. While every patient is unique, and nothing can take the place of a face-to-face meeting with a surgeon, Dr. Greenwald can offer some general information on the expected longevity of a facelift.

First, it is important to note that a facelift will not halt the aging process. Rather, it will simply serve to “turn back the clock.” Just how far, and for how long, will depend on numerous factors, including the surgeon’s skill and technique and the extent of the procedure. Nevertheless, the face will continue to age after a facelift, and the rate at which facial aging occurs is highly dependent upon a patient’s genetics, skin elasticity, and lifestyle, among other things.

Even so, the results of a facelift can be considered permanent in the sense that the facial tissue will always be tighter than it would have been had the surgery not been performed. When an appropriate technique is used by an experienced surgeon and a patient follows through with diligent aftercare, the results of a facelift can be expected to last for up to a decade or longer.

To help prolong the effects of a facelift, a patient should:

  • Avoid sun exposure – protecting the face from harmful UV rays is the single best way to keep skin looking youthful.
  • Refrain from using tobacco and alcohol, which can contribute to wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
  • Follow a regular skincare routine that is designed to minimize the signs of aging over time.
  • Consider non-surgical rejuvenation products, such as Botox, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Expressions, which can add volume and definition.

Dr. Greenwald is pleased to consult with patients in Tampa, FL, who are interested in learning more about facelift procedures. To schedule an appointment, please contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 today.