What is a Revision Facelift?
Sometimes, individuals choose to undergo a secondary facelift years after their first facelift procedure. This is often called a revision facelift and is done to restore the youthful contours of the face. While the results from a facelift are long-lasting, they cannot stop the aging process. After about 10 years, a revision facelift may be necessary.
A revision facelift most commonly addresses:
- Midface sagging.
- Deep creases under your eyes.
- Deep nasolabial folds.
- Jowls on your jawline.
- Unrefined jawline.
- Fatty, sagging areas just below your cheekbones.
- Vertical bands in your neck.
- Loose skin, wrinkles, and fatty neck tissue.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Revision Facelift?
Clients who feel that the results of their last facelift have worn off, and who wish to refresh their facial appearance, can often benefit from a revision facelift procedure. Other circumstances that may cause an individual to seek a revision facelift include dissatisfaction with the results of their first facelift or unhappiness regarding the type of facelift performed initially. Good candidates will be healthy overall with realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. It is also important to understand that a revision facelift procedure should not be performed within the first six months following any type of surgery. The best way to determine if a revision facelift is right for you is through a consultation appointment with Dr. Walker.
How is the Revision Facelift Procedure Done?
When undergoing a facelift revision, it is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Walker. Surgeons with this distinction have the training and experience to properly address the skin and tissues of those who have had a previous facelift. Individuals who had a prior facelift tend to have thinner skin from their first surgery and may have scar tissue present as well.
Each revision facelift will have a unique approach, depending on the individual client. Dr. Walker often uses the old incision sites from the previous facelift surgery, unless they were improperly placed, in which he attempts to remove the old scars and places a new, better placed incision for better concealment. He will work to remove any scar tissue, as well as re-suspend cheek fat and muscles for a more youthful appearance. Any asymmetries in the face will be addressed as well. Sutures will be used to close the incisions.
Revision Facelift Recovery
Recovery from revision facelift is similar to that of traditional facelift surgery. Drains may be placed overnight to collect excess fluid during recovery. Bandages and dressings should be left in place for up to three days. Swelling and bruising may occur, which is normal, and can be controlled with head elevation and cold compresses. Bruising usually dissipates within two weeks, while swelling may last for several months.
Sutures will be removed after 1-2 weeks, and light makeup may be worn about 10 days after your revision facelift once the suture have been removed. As swelling subsides, you will be able to enjoy the results of your improved facial contours. Clients may return to work as soon as they feel they are able to, which may differ from person to person. You will be scheduled for follow-up visits during your recovery period to ensure that you are healing properly and your results are optimal.