I'm considering a mini or lite face lift and was wondering how long do they typically last?
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No one can predict how long a facelift will last, but a standard or deep-plane facelift will last longer than a mini-lift
What happens is patients don't often want to admit or believe that they need more aggressive surgery, or that what they have can't be fixed by a smaller procedure. Of course, for a younger patient (40's to early 50's) a mini-lift is all that they often need.
Basically, the more aggressive the facelift surgery the longer it will last.
How long do facelifts last?
The type of lift and extent of dissection will all be decisions made by your surgeon and they will have your best interest in mind.
Minilift longevity questions
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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