Facelift Revision

Facelift revision, AKA a secondary facelift, is performed as a follow-up to an initial facelift surgery. A facelift, AKA a rhytidectomy, reduces facial wrinkles and other signs of aging while improving the look of the face and jaw. A revision facelift is often harder to perform than the original facelift because there is more scar tissue to deal with and the surgeon is not starting from the natural anatomic state. The surgeon is starting from the first facelift results so a plan is needed to decide the best facelift technique (full, mid, lower or mid facelift) to achieve the desired results when it comes to addressing and reducing wrinkles, fine lines, jowls and sagging skin.

While a facelift reduces the signs of aging, the effects of getting older eventually catch up with a patient. Some patients want a revision because of the natural effects of the aging process on the facelift results. These patients often have a revision surgery to rejuvenate their facial appearance. In addition, patients that are dissatisfied with the results of a recent facelift may decide to revise their look. Dissatisfaction with the results can be due to unrealistic expectations, poor work from the surgeon or health complications such as an infection. In addition, the doctor might not have originally performed the best facelift technique to address the concerns of the patient.

Facelift revision surgery is often more costly than a first facelift because it can be more difficult to perform. The difference in price can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars because the surgeon often begins the revision from a point created by another surgeon. There might be new, or additional, facial issues that need to be addressed by the revision surgery. The average cost of an initial facelift is $6000-$12,000 but this price will likely be higher for the revision facelift.

Facelift results take some time before they become visible to others. They are normally seen after most of the swelling and bruising has gone down. Patients that are younger and have skin that is less damaged see better results than patients that are older. Any scars will take between 6-12 months to settle down but they will fade over time. A revision facelift can provide results that last for 10-20 years but the face will continue to age and gravity will pull on the skin.



submitted on   Thu Jul, 09, 2015 by Alexander Ovchinsky, MD     
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