You’ve had a surgical facelift. But now, let’s be candid; you are disappointed and dissatisfied with the results. Take a deep breath.
Whether it’s an aesthetic or medical reason, we can address your needs and restore your self-confidence with facelift revision surgery at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, FL.
A revision facelift is a surgical procedure to address complications or undesirable results from a previous facelift.
It is not the same as a “secondary facelift”, which refers to a periodic touch-up or rejuvenation procedure that follows an earlier, successful facelift.
Common signals to consider a surgical revision include:
Once the swelling from your original facelift subsides, you may see excessive or obvious scarring. This may have been caused by excessive tension on incision sites when tightening the skin.
Crescent-shaped sagging under the eyes and along the cheekbone, known as the malar crescent, happens when surgeons fail to adequately tighten the muscles under the eyes. This is easily corrected with a surgical revision procedure.
This refers to an indentation in the middle of your neck that results in jowly or sagging skin. This surgical flaw is typically caused when too much fat is removed from the neck.
Excessive surgical fat removal, this time from the area around the eyes, is usually the culprit. Reposition this delicate skin area known as the tear trough and regain your youthful appearance.
Also called “pixie ear deformity,” pointed ear lobes sometimes result from the skin being stretched too tightly during facelift surgery.
You are a good candidate if you are in good general health and at least six months removed from your last facelift surgery. Your Vero Beach facelift revision provider will determine if your skin and underlying tissues are well healed and structurally sound to undergo another surgical facelift.
You have an opportunity to “get it right,” which can eliminate pain, stress, anxiety, frustration, resentment, and loss of self-esteem. That’s a major benefit, wouldn’t you agree?
This conversation is critically important. Tell Dr. Durkin honestly about the details of your dissatisfaction with your earlier facelift and how you would like it revised and corrected. Dr. Durkin will do a thorough examination and a comprehensive review to assess of your previous facelift.
He will give you a candid assessment of whether you are a candidate for a revision. He will be happy to show you before and after photographs of previous revision patients, lay out a customized plan for your surgical revision, and explain the process to you in full detail. You are no doubt familiar with the preparation for a facelift: If you are a smoker, you’ll need to stop for a specified period of time before and after your surgery. Prior to a facelift revision Vero Beach patients will also be directed to suspend the use of aspirin or any other drug or supplement that can interfere with normal blood clotting.Learn more About Dr. Durkin
Again, you’ve been through this before, but know that no two procedures are the same because they all have unique histories and objectives. Your revision procedure will typically take between two and five hours. Some revision patients report that the surgery was easier on them than their previous facelift, probably because the scar tissue created by the earlier surgery can provide a solid “foundation” for your revision.
In many cases, your recovery from facelift revision surgery may be easier and more comfortable for you than it was following your earlier facelift. Still, count on taking at least a week, and maybe more, away from work or your social schedule. Swelling will begin to subside in about 48 hours, but bruising may last up to two weeks.
Good surgeons make the fewest and smallest incisions possible. Great surgeons do all that and hide them in unnoticeable locations and creases. Dr. Durkin will also give you detailed instructions and treatments for fading and reducing scarring. As Dr. Durkin puts it, “Our goal at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery is always to provide you with the best possible outcome in the safest possible fashion with the least amount of surgery.”
As was the case with your earlier facelift, it may take up to six months for swelling to reduce, bruises to clear, and incisions to heal to realize the full effects of your revision surgery. Revision facelift patients report an 89 percent satisfaction rate. Be aware that any facelift procedure will generally need to be revisited every ten years to maintain optimal results.
Facelift revision requires the skill, training, and experience of an elite-level plastic surgeon who also possesses a cultivated eye for human aesthetics. Named one of the Best Doctors in America by Castle Connolly, Ocean Drive Director Dr. Alan Durkin is widely recognized as one of the top plastic surgeons in the country. Dr. Durkin invites you to schedule a consultation to discuss your options by calling (772) 234-3700.
The procedures are generally similar, although many patients report that the revision surgery and recovery were easier than the original procedure and recovery.
As with any surgical procedure, risks may include:
Typically, you should wait at least six months for your skin to heal and reveal the full results of a facelift surgery to consider a revision, but discuss your options with Dr. Durkin.
Current industry figures place the average cost at $11,300. Costs range from $1,500 to $25,000 depending on anesthesia, facility fees, and other factors. Unless the revision is required to restore physical health, insurance will not cover your revision facelift procedure. Consult with your insurance provider prior to your procedure.
At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin, Dr. Jimmy Chim and their team of providers deliver incredible results tailored to your needs in a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. Learn more about the Ocean Drive difference by scheduling your one-on-one diagnostic consultation with Dr. Durkin or Dr. Chim today.