5 Reasons Your Facelift Isn’t Lasting: Expert Advice from Dr. Allen Rezai
Most people understand that getting a facelift is a significant decision, both financially and emotionally. Undergoing surgery is a substantial investment, making it crucial for the results to last a significant period. Multiple board-certified plastic surgeon at Harley Street London and founder of Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery group in Dubai, Dr. Allen Rezai, explains that in the hands of an experienced surgeon, a deep plane facelift should last 10 to 15 years.
Although a facelift can provide a rejuvenated appearance, it is important to note that no aesthetic procedure can permanently halt the ageing process or counteract external factors such as gravity and UV damage. While we are familiar with the general postoperative routines, such as allowing the body to recover before returning to our regular activities, there are several lesser-known factors that can undermine the long-term success of a facelift.
According to Dr. Allen Rezai the ideal youthful face of a woman in her 20s and early 30s is characterised by youthful skin, free of lines and uniform in colour and texture, and a facial shape without sagging in the jawline and neck. Dr. Rezai explains that these factors are parallel but independent, with the position of the soft tissue being directly related to hormonal changes during perimenopause and menopause. While patients can take steps to maintain youthful skin, little can be done to prevent sagging tissues aside from choosing the right surgeon and facelift technique.
With this in mind, here are five factors that could affect the longevity of the result following your facelift:
1. Lifestyle factors:
Lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure can damage the skin in different ways. Smoking affects small blood vessels, leading to decreased oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin, causing premature ageing. Alcohol can cause dehydration, leading to skin contraction and expansion cycles. Factors such as sun exposure and UV light damages the collagen and reduces skin elasticity.
Scientific studies suggest that chronic stress can accelerate skin ageing, potentially affecting the longevity of facelift results. Stress affects skin ageing on a molecular level and may impact facial shape.
3. Lack of exercise or excessive exercise:
A sedentary lifestyle and insufficient exercise can undermine facelift results. Regular exercise promotes healthy blood flow to the skin, ensuring the delivery of essential nutrients and oxygen. However, excessive exercise or heavy weight training may undo results, and weightlifters are advised to use injectable to prevent overuse of facial muscles.
4. Upkeep neglect:
A facelift requires ongoing maintenance and additional in-office procedures to enhance and maintain its results. Using injectable treatment in specific areas, restoring facial volume with fillers or fat grafting, and incorporating other cosmetic treatments like neuromodulators and laser treatments help address signs of aging and complement the facelift results.
5. Poor surgical technique:
Good surgical technique is vital to the longevity of a facelift. The techniques employed by the surgeon and their ability to execute them properly are crucial. Additionally, frequent facelift procedures can lead to unhealthy-looking skin, increased scar tissue, and the loss of healthy fat tissue. Therefore, it is important to choose a skilled surgeon who can deliver optimal initial results and plan follow-up treatments strategically.
In conclusion, maintaining a lasting facelift involves making lifestyle adjustments, managing stress, exercising moderately, ensuring proper upkeep, and choosing a skilled surgeon. By considering these factors, you can maximise the longevity of your facelift results and enjoy a youthful appearance for years to come. It is always advisable to do thorough research and review the results of other patients before choosing a specific technique or surgeon.
If you are considering Facelift Surgery, schedule an initial thorough consultation with Dr. Allen Rezai at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group in Dubai Healthcare City or at his London, Harley Street practice to assess your suitability for the procedure and explore the potential benefits tailored to your needs.
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