How Long Does A Facelift Last?

Just as every person’s face is unique, so are the outcomes of every facelift procedure. Most facelift patients can expect to look a decade younger than their current age after the procedure, which is a dramatic improvement. 

Given the significant benefits that the procedure can provide, as well as the time and financial commitments required, it’s understandable that many patients want to keep their new, rejuvenated appearance for many years after their procedure.

True, the effects of any facelift procedure will fade over time as the natural aging process continues after the procedure. However, the rate of decline is determined by various factors both within and outside of a patient’s control. To learn more about how long a facelift treatment lasts, continue reading this detailed article.

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Important Things To Consider Before Undergoing A Facelift 

Your plastic surgeon will discuss the following with you before performing a facelift:

  1. If you’re considering a facelift, you must be healthy enough to have surgery and recover from surgery, just like any other surgery.
  2. If you’re going to gain or lose a lot of weight before or after a facelift, you might want to put it off until your weight stabilizes. Gaining or losing a lot of weight can change the shape of your face, affecting how long your facelift results last.
  3. Discuss your expectations for the procedure with your surgeon. The outcome of a facelift varies depending on your age and the quality and looseness of your skin prior to the procedure.

Your neck shape may also influence whether you’re a good candidate for a facelift. Depending on their neck features, some patients will have a more defined jawline than others.

How Long Does a Facelift Usually Last?

A facelift treatment has a long-term effect. The aging process is the only factor that prevents it from providing completely permanent results. You can slow down but not stop the aging process. You can expect long-lasting results from this procedure, which could last up to ten years. The total duration of your results is determined by your age at the time of surgery as well as how your body ages over time.

Although a facelift can give you long-lasting results, you must have realistic expectations. Because the signs of aging begin to leave their familiar mark on your face as you age, the results of this procedure may stand the test of time. There are, however, noninvasive ways to address these signs of aging when they appear, and we can help you figure out which is good for you when and if you get to that point.

Why Is Facelift Not Permanent?

This is a common question patients ask a lot. A facelift is done to smoothen out the wrinkles in your face, making you appear younger than your age. It is not meant to stop you from aging. Aging is a natural occurrence. As the years go by, you age. 

A facelift tightens the skin and, in some cases, the underlying muscle to reverse the sagging skin and soft tissue that occurs with age. While many patients report lasting results of up to ten years, a facelift will not prevent further aging.

The characteristics of your skin type, the type of facelift surgery you had, and your age at the time of surgery all influence how long your facelift results will last. Although genetics play a significant role in skin type, environmental factors such as sun exposure, diet, smoking, and exercise also impact skin elasticity.

Things You Can Do To Make Your Facelift Last Longer

Although aging is unavoidable, there are some things you can do to slow down the process. Your facelift results will last longer if you follow an anti-aging skincare routine and live a healthy lifestyle.

 1. Adhere to Your Aftercare Plan

Not only will listening to your doctor and following the recommended post-surgical plan improve the results of your facelift, but it will also help your results last longer.

2. Avoid Exposure To The Sun

Premature aging is still primarily caused by excessive sun exposure. Wrinkling and skin damage can be avoided by wearing protective clothing and applying broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.

3. Keep a Healthy Body Weight

Gaining weight will cause the remaining fat cells in your face to swell, altering the appearance of your facelift results. Weight gain can cause hormonal changes in the skin, making it more susceptible to sagging. One of the important things you can do to keep your facelift results is to stick to an exercise routine and a healthy diet.

4. Consider Anti-Aging Skincare

A consistent anti-aging skincare routine will help you maintain your new, youthful appearance after your facelift procedure. Inquire with your doctor about anti-aging products that boost collagen production and provide better structural support.

 5. Avoid Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette chemicals cause wrinkles and crepey skin, particularly around the mouth and lower face; if you smoke, your surgeon may advise you to stop in the weeks leading up to the procedure. This is the best time to break the habit permanently.

6. Cosmetic Injectables

If you’ve had a facelift, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to benefit from other cosmetic procedures in the future. Cosmetic injectables can address volume loss and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles years after your facelift, as the aging signs begin to return slowly.


A facelift is not supposed to last forever, but it can last for a long time. You can get the most of your beauty investment by following the advice of an experienced cosmetic surgeon. 

Here at CosmedicWest, our cosmetic surgeons are available to ensure that you get the best cosmetic treatment in Australia. We are also available for consultations, so feel free to book a consultation session with us. 

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