How Long Does a Facelift Last?

A facelift provides lasting rejuvenation. Although no surgical procedure can freeze the hands of time, a facelift tends to make most patients look 7-10 years younger. Your face will continue to age as the years pass, but you’ll look younger than you would have otherwise.

A before and after image of one of Dr. Schuster's Baltimore facelift patientsThere is no set time limit or expiration date at which the results disappear. Instead, some people choose to refresh their results a decade or so after their initial surgery. How long the results last depend on factors including:

  • The facelift technique performed
  • How well you take care of your skin, including cleansing and moisturizing
  • Whether you protect your skin from the sun
  • Your genetics
  • Whether you smoke

By leading an active and healthy lifestyle – eating well, limiting alcohol consumption, sun protection, healthy weight, etc. – you can slow the rate at which your facelift results fade. Sun damage in particular is a major culprit in causing signs of aging. The Skin Cancer Foundation says photodamage from UV rays is responsible for 90 percent of visible changes to your skin. Not only that, UV light increases your risk of skin cancer.

Restoring Results with Other Procedures

A facelift can be combined with other surgical procedures and non-invasive treatments, such as:

All of these treatments are also options for touching up your facelift results in the years after your procedure. Especially when it comes to minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures, patients love the ability to restore a rejuvenating effect as needed. Doing so could extend your results even longer. Dr. Schuster is happy to meet with you to discuss these options at any point following your facelift.

Learn More about Facelift Surgery

Dr. Ronald Schuster has been performing plastic surgery in Maryland for more than 30 years. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Schuster is personally committed to providing each one of his patients with modern, effective surgical care and results they’ll love. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schuster to discuss your candidacy for a facelift, please call our practice in the Baltimore area at 410-902-9800.