Well done facelifts typically retain their results for about a decade. But that doesn’t mean you can’t extend the benefits of facelift surgery for many, many more years.
Maybe it’s time for a “booster” in the form of a secondary facelift.
A secondary facelift is a procedure performed on a person who has had a prior facelift. Secondary facelifts are becoming very common because they can extend, preserve and even improve the results of a first facelift, and also because people are now often having their initial facelift at a younger age.
It’s important to distinguish between a secondary facelift and a “revision facelift,” which is performed to address patient dissatisfaction with an earlier facelift.
Your secondary facelift patient experience is likely to be very similar to that of your earlier facelift, from your initial consultation through your full recovery. The goal of a secondary facelift is to attain the most natural-looking and attractive results by taking a conservative surgical approach. Avoiding excessive pulling and tugging is critical in any successful facelift surgery, particularly in a secondary rhytidectomy.
As Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery Founder Dr. Alan Durkin puts it, “Our goal is always to provide you with the best possible outcome in the safest possible fashion with the least amount of surgery.”
What specific issues can be addressed by a secondary facelift?
A secondary facelift can halt the inevitable decline of your initial facelift results and even improve upon them. In many ways, it’s like an “extended warranty.”
Are you a candidate for a secondary facelift?
Consider a secondary facelift if:
Loss of facial volume over time contributes to many of the problems listed above. Therefore, ask your doctor about combining your secondary rhytidectomy with other procedures such as dermal filler injections and implants, Botox injections, and radiofrequency skin tightening.
Secondary facelift procedures require highly advanced surgical skills, training, and experience. A secondary facelift is frankly a little “trickier” than performing an initial facelift. In addition to adjusting to the patient’s natural aging process, this particular procedure requires that a surgeon deal artfully and precisely with incision sites and scar tissue produced by any previous facelift.
Additionally, after an initial facelift, connective tissues begin to thin, meaning your surgeon must be extremely meticulous and knowledgeable when choosing incision sites and techniques. When it comes to performing secondary facelifts Vero Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Durkin and his team at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery are bona fide experts.
Secondary facelift surgeries require a solid facial “foundation” to secure desired and long-lasting results. At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery, we are proud to use Meso BioMatrix Mesh Technology in our secondary facelift procedures.
This state-of-the-art thin surgical mesh allows for secure suturing, enhanced surgical contour control, and promotes healthy post-surgical blood flow. Meso BioMatrix Mesh is naturally strong and conformable, and preserves natural proteins and healthy tissue growth factors. This technology is a “difference maker” in producing optimal secondary facelift results.
If you smoke, you will need to quit before your procedure, as determined by your surgeon. Vero Beach Secondary Facelift patients will also be directed to suspend the use of any medications or supplements that may promote bleeding.
You know the drill because you’ve done it before! Your surgery will be performed using general anesthesia and typically will take between 2-5 hours.
You may be in for a pleasant surprise. Your recovery from a secondary facelift may be easier and smoother than it was the first time. After all, medical technology has grown by leaps and bounds since you had your last facelift, resulting in less swelling, discomfort, and downtime.
Your results from a secondary facelift should be similar to your previous facelift and last about as long.
Give Your Lift a Lift!
Under the direction double board-certified Vero Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Durkin, Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery is widely recognized as Florida’s top aesthetic medical center. We invite you to schedule an appointment by calling (772) 234-3700.
It’s essential that you and your surgeon be “on the same page.” Be candid but realistic about your goals and reasons for seeking any cosmetic surgery. Your surgeon will meticulously examine your face to determine the best strategy and technique for your procedure.
Secondary facelift carries risks, including:
Research results have established that “Secondary rhytidectomy (facelift) is a safe and effective procedure for continued surgical facial rejuvenation in the aging patient,” according to a study published in the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
No. Not if it’s performed by a topflight plastic surgeon who knows that less pulling and tugging produces relaxed and natural-looking results.
No. Since a facelift is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not pay for it. Have a full conversation with your surgeon about costs before your surgery.
At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin 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.