Monday, December 31, 2018

How long does a mini facelift last?

Many of my Houston facelift patients will ask how long a facelift will last. Others interested in just a mini facelift are also questioning how long the result for their jawline and jowls will last. The answer here is that it depends on the surgeon’s extent of dissection.

Facelifts, whether a mini facelift, full facelift, or face and neck lift, can vary based on the surgeon’s level of dissection. A skin flap is always elevated to reach the SMAS which is the fascia that is suspended with a facelift. With a neck lift, the skin over the neck is also elevated and the platysma muscle (which is the extension of the SMAS in the neck) is tightened. The DEPTH of dissection of the SMAS is what is the next most important aspect. With SMAS plication, it is not elevated and sutures are simply placed to suspend it. This is the shortest lasting (2-4 years) of facelifts and will not provide much improvement for the mid face or give as impressive of a lift. With SMAS elevation, there can be more suspension and a longer lasting/tighter lift (5-7 years). Lastly is the deep plane lift which Dr. Funk typically performs. With this lift, whether as a mini facelift or full face/neck lift, the ligaments holding the SMAS down are released giving the longest lasting and most impressive lift. This facelift will typically last 10-15 years before another may be needed.

Dr. Funk performs facelifts and mini facelifts in Houston.