Thinking of having a facelift? If so, you’re not alone. One of the most common cosmetic procedures carried out in the UK, a facelift can help to eliminate the signs of ageing, making you appear up to 10-15 years younger.

A common question many patients have is how long will the results last? Here, we look at how long you can expect to enjoy the results of a facelift and how they can be enhanced.

How long do facelift results last?

A facelift produces the longest-lasting results of any anti-ageing facial treatment and should last ten to fifteen years depending on the extent of surgery performed and surgical technique. The expertise and skill of the surgeon that performs the procedure and the type of procedure(s) chosen are very important.

Your face continues to age over time but usually at a slower rate after facelift surgery due to the fibrous tissue laid down after the procedure providing additional support. The length of time the procedure holds back the signs of ageing will vary between patients depending on a number of factors. These include avoiding smoking and excessive sun exposure, avoiding a stressful job and/or lack of sleep, patient nutrition and genetic factors.

Combining a facelift with additional facial procedures results in a more comprehensive correction that is likely to be more durable over time.

What other procedures can you undergo to enhance results?

Cosmetic surgeries such as a neck lift, liposuction, eyelid surgery, fat transfer and a browlift can all help to produce more extensive results.

Patients will usually continue to be treated with other adjunctive treatments such as cosmetic injectables, skin treatments such as mild chemical peels and hydrafacials, and fillers in some cases after their facelift. They may also undergo smaller surgical procedures such as facial fat grafting after a number of years to help maintain the results over time.

Following adequate aftercare advice will help, alongside making sure you are fit and healthy before you undergo surgery.

To find out if a facelift is right for you and the kind of results you can expect, book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today. He will be able to advise you on any additional procedures you may find useful to achieve your desired results, as well as run through your individual risks.