A patient can seek a facelift revision for two main reasons: to fix the mistakes of a previous facelift or to rejuvenate the face if they had it long ago. A facelift revision has several advantages, making it an appealing choice for many patients. As you can imagine, you may not want to have the same doctor perform the facelift revision.
A facelift revision or secondary facelift must be performed by a specialist. Some plastic surgeons have the knowledge and experience of specific techniques for facelift revisions. A facelift revision has different outcomes and needs from a first-time facelift.
A specialized plastic surgeon performs a facelift revision to correct, revise, and improve on previous results. They may also perform one on a patient who has aged more after the first procedure. You can have the procedure any time after recovery from the first time.
Here are some of the most common reasons why patients seek out a facelift revision:
Update or Refresh
Facelifts and other cosmetic procedures do not and cannot stop aging. So, it is normal that the results you get from a facelift have a timeline. As you age, the face starts to sag again, and the signs of aging become more pronounced. A facelift revision will target the new signs of aging that have developed after your first procedure.
Sometimes, a patient can go to a specific plastic surgeon who is not well experienced. The outcome of the surgery may not be what the patient was looking for and may even have affected the aesthetics of their face. When this is the situation, a patient can seek out a facelift revision specialist to correct the outcome of the first procedure.
Utilize New Techniques
As years go by, the techniques used by plastic surgeons change and improve to give better results. The results from newer techniques look more natural and lack the drawbacks present a decade ago. Because of this, a patient who had the procedure long ago may want to take advantage of the new techniques.
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift Revision?
Restores a more youthful appearance and corrects issues from previous procedures.
Patients who have had a facelift before are good candidates for a facelift revision as long as they are in good health.
The complication rate of facelift revision is meager, almost the same as with a first-time procedure. According to a study on 60 facelift revision procedures among 811 facelift procedures, the complication rate was five percent. The report indicated the rate of facial nerve injuries did not increase with facelift revisions.
Facelift revision procedures are much less extensive than first-time facelift procedures. The recovery is faster and shorter than in the first procedure.
How Long Should You Wait Between the First Procedure and a Facelift Revision?
The ideal time between the first facelift procedure and the facelift revision is 12 months. According to experts, skin and muscle take about a year to heal completely. It is unwise to exert strain on the facial structures before fully recovering from the first procedure.
For more on what a facelift revision is, call Texas Plastic Surgery at (210) 981-4490 to reach our office in San Antonio, Texas.