Because time never slows down in its attempts to change your body, you may find that you need a secondary facelift sooner than you may have thought. Secondary facelifts are often needed 10 to 15 years after the first facelift and can be done quite successfully if you choose an experienced plastic surgeon who has performed secondary facelifts with great results in the past.
A revision facelift is always a secondary facelift, but a secondary facelift is not always a revision facelift. Following still? A revision facelift is a corrective procedure used when your first facelift did not yield the results that you wished. The revision facelift is used when you are unhappy with the shape and contours of your face, when you have unsightly scars or when you had complications. A secondary facelift is done for this reason, or when you begin to notice that your face is starting to droop and sag once again thanks to the results of aging and gravity on your skin and its underlying tissues.
Most people undergo completely successful secondary facelifts and are quite happy with their results. The results of your secondary facelift depend a great deal on how well your first facelift was performed. When the first facelift was done correctly, your surgeon and you may find that the secondary facelift is actually easier. You may find that you recover faster and with less discomfort and downtime than you did the first time.
Once you and our surgeon determine that you are a good candidate for a secondary facelift, you should take some time to remind yourself of exactly what a facelift requires. This is a surgical procedure that requires either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation to keep you comfortable. Your secondary facelift will be an outpatient procedure, which means that you will be back at home that very first night. You should plan to take several days off work and away from your regular activities to allow yourself time to rest and heal. You will need to attend follow-up appointments and follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions completely to heal quickly and without complications.