This question comes up often from my San Francisco and Marin patients, and while it is a good question there isn’t an easy answer. When a patient has a facelift , it is possible that the patient will look 10 to 15+ years younger after surgery. But the patient will continue to age and not be frozen in time. So in 10 years time the patient may look 10 years older. There are other factors in the aging of the skin, such as heredity and the laxity of the skin that cannot be controlled. However, there are measures the patient can take to help maintain their new face. First of all the most aging thing to the skin is the sun. So I recommend a good sun screen or sun block and also wearing sun glasses to protect the eyes and a hat while out in the sun. Secondly a good skin regimen with a high quality product is very important. This is a good investment in maintaining the facelift.
There are a couple of procedures I recommend to my Bay Area, California patients that can also give them the optimal result from their facelift or their mini-facelift. The first would be a light skin peel to be done at the end of the surgery while the patient is still asleep. There is virtually no discomfort and the healing time will go along with the healing time of the surgery. A skin peel can remove many skin imperfections and give the face a very fresh look. The other procedure that some patients may be a candidate for would be fat injections. As we age we lose fat in our face which can give a sunken look. A facelift can soften this but it is not possible to pull the skin enough to get a good result on some patients with very deep lines, but will end up with an overdone look!
The patient below had her facelift and brow lift at the age of 60. She had a skin peel and fat injections done at the same time.
The results speak for themselves.