Questions that I get asked frequently is ” How long a face lift last?” and ” How many times would I have to repeat it?” Also “Can a person have too many face lift?” and most importantly ” How Can I avoid that ” pulled” or “done” look? and ” Do I need a face lift?”.
Let’s start saying that nobody “needs” a face lift. Paraphrasing an old Harvard Professor, ” Does anybody need Beethoven?”. We do not need to listen to Beethoven music but some of us enjoy doing just that. So the “need” of a face lift is a personal choice, something that should come from inside yourself and it should not be an “imposed” decision. It is true that there are a myriad of reasons why patients like to look younger from being more competitive at work to restart a fresh life with a new companion etc.. and there are all valid, but again you should do it for yourself, not to pleased somebody else.
Traditionally a well “done” face lift should set back the clock about 10-15 years, but the clock does not stop clicking so you will continue to age differently according to your genetic background, your diet, your habits ( smoking-drinking,excercise, etc) etc.. but the most important thing to remember is that you are going to keep that age gap you acquired by doing a face lift for the rest of your life. So, for example, at fifty-five you are going to look in your early forty, etc.etc.. So you will continue to look younger that your age even if you will not do any other surgical procedure ever.
“Can I have too many face lift’s?” the answer is :”you can have too many bad face lift’s! ” and” Even one is too much if is not done well! “I can not underscore the importance of delivering a natural result in the first effort. Most face lift have an horizontal vector of pull and no volume replacement versus the vertical vector implemented in my technique along with a “volumization” of the deeper layers that gives a more youthful look. Now, in face lift revisions or second time face lifts the volume and vector are even more important in order to avoid or correct the previous pitfalls and errors. A separate issue are the old scars that needs to be revised to avoid the “tell tell”signs of previous surgery.
Facelift surgery is a blend of art ,cutting-edge techniques ,state of the art technologies and a personal sense of beauty: all the factors are equally important in the ever challenging equation of “beauty making”.