When you make the decision to undergo any procedure, particularly one as significant as a facelift, it is only natural to want the results to last as long as possible. At Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, we understand the level of emotional, financial, and physical investment that goes into a facelift, and we are committed to helping patients realize an ideal result that will last for years to come.
Just as no two patients are alike, each facelift procedure is also unique. The results — and their longevity — can vary based on a variety of factors. To help better predict how long your facelift results may last, it is important to first understand the basics of the procedure, how personal characteristics can play a role in the outcome, and what you can do to give yourself the best possible chance for a long-lasting, youthful look.
While there are a number of different facelift techniques, in general a facelift refers to an invasive surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia that tightens the muscles and repositions the skin for a firmer, lifted, more youthful appearance. A full facelift provides men and women with an opportunity for the most dramatic and long-lasting results, but more limited procedures including a mini facelift, neck lift, and brow lift can also have valuable benefits. Talented Houston, TX, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion of Luminary Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a number of facelift options for patients looking to address signs of aging and enhance their appearance.
What is the best age for a facelift?
Though many people are under the impression that a facelift is reserved for patients in their 60s and 70s, more men and women in their 40s and 50s are beginning to pursue the surgery in order to realize earlier, longer-lasting results. There is technically no "best" age to undergo a facelift. As a general rule, however, patients who have the procedure performed at a younger age typically enjoy their results for a longer period of time than those who have the surgery at a more advanced age. This is primarily due to the health and elasticity of the skin.
Who is an ideal candidate for a facelift?
Fortunately, a facelift procedure — or one of its many variants — can benefit a wide variety of people and address many different concerns. In general, the best candidates for a facelift are those who are experiencing lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. It is also important that facelift patients are in relatively good health, enjoy a balanced diet, exercise regularly, are non-smokers, and have no contraindications to surgery or anesthesia.
Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Couvillion and the expert team at Luminary Plastic Surgery can help determine if a facelift or another procedure is right for you. During an initial consultation, he will thoroughly assess your case, discuss your goals, explain all of the treatment options, answer your questions, and put together a plan to best meet your needs.
What results can I expect from my facelift, and how long will they last?
Depending on the specific procedure performed and a variety of factors including age and skin condition, facelift results can vary from patient to patient. It may take up to a year to see the final results in some cases. Following a full recovery, patients can usually expect:
• A fresher, more youthful appearance
• Tighter skin with fewer lines and wrinkles
• A firmer, more lifted neck
• A reduction in jowls
Patients who opt for a full facelift can expect to enjoy their results for about ten years, but it is important to remember that the natural aging process will still take place and that results are not permanent. Dr. Couvillion can discuss the possibility of future revision surgeries with you if needed.
How can I prolong my facelift results?
One of the most common questions from patients who undergo a facelift is how they can make their results last as long as possible. While genetics and other factors out of your control do play a large role in the longevity of your facelift results, there are some things you can do to maintain your new look for years to come, including:
• Minimize sun exposure
• Stop smoking
• Stay hydrated
• Keep your skin moisturized
• Use complementary treatments such as fillers, BOTOX®, and peels
• Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle
In addition, the most essential part of prolonging your facelift results is to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon to perform your procedure. Dr. Ryan Couvillion is committed to providing the highest level of service and care for each of his patients, from the initial consultation through to the final results. He will employ every available measure to ensure that patients enjoy their new look for many years to come. Call our Houston office to schedule your consultation today, and learn more about how a facelift with Luminary Plastic Surgery can help boost your confidence and restore a more youthful you.