Planning a Future Facelift? Avoid These Procedures

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These days, achieving a younger, more rejuvenated appearance is easier than ever with a fantastic choice of cosmetic procedures at our fingertips. However, if you’re thinking of having a facelift in the future, there are some temporary solutions you might want to steer clear of.

Here, we explore which procedures could potentially hinder the results of a future facelift. While not everyone will experience issues due to the procedures mentioned, it’s still something to consider before undergoing temporary solutions.

Fat removal/skin tightening treatments

If you’re looking to achieve a more sculpted face, you may have considered fat removal or skin tightening treatments. From non-invasive to surgical options, the choices available are incredibly diverse.

However, caution is advised, particularly when it comes to removing facial fat. Once removed, restoring the youthful plumpness and soft contours of the face can be a difficult task. It is your fat that keeps the face looking young so when you remove it, you may end up with an older, saggy look. Procedures such as buccal fat removal or excessive fat removal with blepharoplasty surgery are examples of procedures which may remove excessive volume and adversely affect facial aesthetics in the long term.

Treatments such as deep radiofrequency can be effective targeting small pockets of fat or tightening mild skin laxity. However, using these technologies to aggressively tighten deeper facial structures can damage the subcutaneous fat layer leading to the deposition of significant amounts of scar tissue which can complicate future facelift surgery.

Injectable fillers

While hyaluronic acid-based fillers are generally safe and temporary, the remnants of some fillers can linger in the tissues for years. In these cases, multiple treatments with hyaluronidase may be required to dissolve the residual filler.

More concerning are the long-term effects of biostimulatory fillers or excessive use of any filler type. This can lead to unnatural contours if incorrectly administered which are difficult to reverse, and over time excessive repeated filler injections can stretch facial tissues beyond their natural capacity. This can create a dependency on fillers for volume and structure, with the original elasticity of the tissues often irreversibly lost.

Once stretched, these tissues may be more difficult to rejuvenate with corrective procedures, complicating a future facelift.


The use of threads in facial treatments hinges greatly on the skill of the practitioner and the type of material used. Polydioxanone (PDO), commonly used in today’s thread lifts, is the same material used in medical sutures and is generally considered safe. When correctly placed, PDO threads should ideally integrate without causing significant issues, leaving moderate scarring.

However, permanent threads are a different story. These can lead to extensive scarring and require removal during facelift surgery, potentially complicating the procedure and outcome.

If you’re considering a facelift, it’s worthwhile knowing how current treatments might impact your options later. Certain procedures may give temporary results, but they could limit your choices or impact your desired results later on.

If you have questions about preparing for a facelift, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Mr Paul Tulley for personalised advice.