A face lift turns back the clock on your appearance, giving you a fresher, younger overall look. However, a face lift cannot prevent your skin from continuing to age over time. The quality of your facial skin before your procedure will have an impact on how long your results last. For example, if you were a heavy smoker earlier in life, or if you had excessive sun exposure, you may have skin laxity problems that can compromise the longevity of your face lift.
It's also important to take care of your skin following surgery. We include a skin care regimen program that will help your skin stay fresh and healthy in the years to come. Sometimes, minor touch-ups can help years after your initial face lift.
However, choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most important thing you can do to ensure long-lasting face lift results. The techniques used during face lift surgery have a significant impact on the quality of the outcome. A skin-only facelift lasts about 3-6 years on average, since only the outer layer of your face is altered. In contrast, an SMAS facelift addresses the deeper layer of your face: the fibrous tissue covering your muscles. Altering this deeper layer helps your face lift results last even longer. When you combine an SMAS facelift with other ancillary procedures – such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, and/or volume restoration – you can enjoy face lift results that last for a decade or more.
If you have further questions about face lift surgery, please contact Marietta Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified Atlanta plastic surgeons. Call (770) 425-0118 for our Marietta GA office, or (678) 494-2380 for our Woodstock GA office.