Do Facelifts Have More Longevity Than Other Types of Procedures?

What other procedures can have about as much longevity as facelifts? Is there an optimal time to have a facelift to ensure longer lasting results? Would it be better to get a lift at 55 instead of 65?

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Facelift surgery vs. non-surgical options

This is a difficult question to answer because it is very broad. There are different types of facelifts for example subperiosteal, mini etc. Most of the facelifts done today are actually only different parts of what we used to consider a facelift to be. That is because people in general now get facelifts at an earlier age. Since everyone ages differently and their facial parts age at different rates the procedures have to be individualized. For example the person who has more advanced aging in the lower face and little aging in the neck area should not get the same procedure as someone who has advanced aging of the neck area. Facelifts are therefore in effect a group of different procedures and each of those has its own lifespan of effectiveness. Furthermore the procedures do not stop the biologic clock so everyone of these patients to continues to age. A combination of genetics and self maintenance like limiting direct sunlight exposure and not smoking then govern the speed of that aging process.

In general if the right procedure of the facelift group of procedures is done in the right patient who takes care of him or herself after surgery the results should have a 5 to 10 year life span.

Because different facial components age at different rates in different people there is no best age to get the procedure. So it is not better to get a facelift procedure at age 55 than age 65. You get the procedure when the conditions warrant it and you are healthy enough to withstand the procedure. Getting parts of the original procedure at a younger age may result in the need for less aggressive procedures when you are older but increases the number of procedures you have during your lifespan and increases the risk of ending up looking like you have had too much plastic surgery.

Facelifts are facelifts and other procedures are other procedures that are not directly interchangeable. So  to ask which last longer is not a fair question. Laser resurfacing does things that a facelift cannot do and vice versa. One should not be used as a replacement for the other. The same logic applies to injectable fillers and botox. There are an increasing number of underqualified doctors out there who may not even be surgeons who try to sell patients only on procedures that fall within their capabilities for example a non-surgeon recommending fillers over facelift surgery when in fact surgery is the best option because he/she is not capable of doing the surgery . Prospective patients need to be aware of such situations and avoid them.

My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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When to do a facelift

The time to do a facelift is when you look in the mirror and you say "I need a facelift!" This is not age, time or skin condition dependent, it is your decision, and your decision only!

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Face Lift

Nothing non surgical will match a facelift. There is no also optimal time it is when you are physical and emotional and psychologically ready to do the operation

Ryan Neinstein, MD, FRCSC
New York Plastic Surgeon
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I would absolutely suggest that if a facelift is something you are considering, you consider having it done earlier rather than

I would absolutely suggest that if a facelift is something you are considering, you consider having it done earlier rather than later. At age 55, your overall health and ability to recover from any kind of surgical procedure is better--wound healing is better and the risks are lower.

More importantly, after having facelift surgery, you will always look better than you did if you didn't have the facelift surgery performed. As a result, it seems more sensible to have the procedure done so that you can enjoy the results as long as possible. 

The transition in your appearance from that of before surgery to your appearance after surgery is also much more natural at a younger age. 

Michael R. Macdonald, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Longevity of Facelifts

Longevity of facelifts, is in general, 7-10 years depending on the type of procedure. If you do a deep layer facelift, Lift & Fill, they definitely last longer versus a skin lift alone. It is not necessarily age dependent. However, at an earlier age perhaps in your 50’s, your facelift will have more longevity because the skin tone and elasticity is much better.


Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Longevity of a facelift

First of all, the best time to get a facelift is the time when you are most motivated and most interested in looking better.  This could be at age 55 or could be at age 65.  I think that essentially the more the effort made to rejuvenate the face, the longer lasting the result, the better the result.  Less invasive procedures than a facelift will generally not provide as good result nor as long lasting result.  These include treatments such as Thermage, Feather lift or limited incision lift treatments.  

David Q. Santos, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Do Facelifts Have More Longevity Than Other Types of Procedures?

Do Facelifts Have More Longevity Than Other Types of Procedures?  face Lifts do moer, or at least the one's that work do...they tighten the SMAS, remove excess fat and skin and shape the face.  Longevity of results is most often measured by the continued aesthetic improvement to the face but for that to happen, the proper aesthetic judgement must have been exercised during the Face Lift.  Other procedures have no chance of offering these types of resukts because they just do less to rejuvenate the tissue layers discussed above.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift soon after the aging changes appear has its advantages

In a survey of patients having facelift surgery, the overall satisfaction rate was high. Those who had the procedure later in their life, added comments that they wished they would have had the facelift earlier. In my experience, these are some common themes I hear from my patients:

  • The early starters said that their adjustment in their social sphere was easier
  • Starting sooner allowed them to age gracefully
  • If you have only one facelift, do it earlier so you can enjoy it longer.


Edward Szachowicz, MD, PhD
Minneapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Longevity of facelift

The longevity of a facelift is typically 10 years. Women who get facelifts in their early 50's typically will need another facelift in their 60's. Women who wait until their late 50s to early 60's will typically only need one facelift.

Robert Heck, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift timing

It is important to have an evaluation by a plastic surgeon to dertmine if you are a good candidate for a facelift.  The best time to have a facelift is determined by many factors.  In general, cheek, jowl, and neck laxity are signs that a facelift may be beneficial.  The age when this laxity occurs will differ for each patient.

David Bray, Jr, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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