Is a Facelift Permanent?
The facelift celebrated a big birthday in 2016, turning 100 years old. Since 1916, facelifts have been performed to resolve the signs of aging. This surgery continues to be a popular surgical treatment to resolve wrinkles, deep creases and folds, and sagging skin. Modern facelift techniques produce a result that is far superior to traditional methods, with less downtime and results that look very natural and fresh.
What is a facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that takes years off your appearance by tightening the tissues, muscles, and skin of the face. During a facelift, Dr. Weber makes incisions around the hairline, and sometimes beneath the chin, tightening the underlying muscles and tissues, removing the excess skin, and then repositioning the skin in a more youthful position before suturing for a smoother, tighter, and more sculpted appearance.
Types of facelifts
Dr. Weber provides a few different types of facelifts in Lone Tree to ensure his patients’ desired results are achieved, with a personalized treatment plan.
- Mini facelift
- Comprehensive facelift
- Mid facelift
- Neck lift
While facelifts are surgical procedures that should only be undertaken by a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, it is a myth that a facelift must be performed under general anesthesia. In fact, a majority of these facelifts are performed right in Dr. Weber’s Denver area office without general anesthesia or IV sedation.
How permanent is a facelift?
While a facelift is a permanent surgical procedure, the results themselves will not remain the same forever. Time will continue to march on, bringing with it continued aging, which will eventually cause new wrinkles and creases to form. However, many patients can hold back the visible signs of aging with a facelift, looking ten to fifteen years younger for a decade or longer.
Every patient is different, and the duration of results is dependent on age, genetics, and lifestyle. Some patients may have continued results from a facelift for decades, while others may notice wrinkles returning within five to ten years. It’s best to discuss your concerns regarding facelift results with Dr. Weber during your private consultation.
Why would a facelift be right for me?
While the results of your Denver facelift may not last forever, it is still the best option to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin, especially along the jawline and in the neck area. Fillers and BOTOX can increase volume, stimulate collagen production, and relax the muscles that can cause certain wrinkles for a few months, but these treatments cannot deliver the permanent results of a custom facelift.
If you are experiencing visible signs of aging such as a loss of elasticity, sagging jowls, deep wrinkles and creases, drooping eyelids, and other noticeable signs of age, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. The typical age of facelift patients is 40 to 65 years old, but some patients are younger or older than this range. Patients interested in a facelift should not smoke, be in good health and should not suffer from any medical conditions. If you are not sure if a facelift is the best treatment for you, Dr. Weber and his welcoming team are happy to discuss your desired results and determine the best plan to achieve those results.