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Contrary to the commonly held belief, facelifts are not just for the 60 and older age group. In fact, a whopping 34% of all facelifts performed in the United States last year were on patients under the age of 54 experiencing premature aging due to sun damage, poor lifestyle choices, or genetics!

But what happens to the results of these facelift procedures down the line? Post-facelift maintenance is the answer! Let’s explore the many non-invasive options available to help maintain facelift results  — because who wouldn’t want to protect that investment?

 

Are the Optimal Results of My Facelift Permanent?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to tighten and lift the skin on the face and neck, reducing visible signs of aging for a more youthful appearance.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, has  extensive experience producing natural-looking results by creating neat incisions around your hairline and ears, followed by lifting and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues. He  will also remove the excess skin to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. The result is a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, a reduction in sagging skin and jowls, and a smoother and more defined jawline!

Facelifts are not permanent, but the results are long-lasting. Most patients enjoy their results 10 years or more after the procedure, making facelifts a popular option if you’re ready to invest in your facial appearance .

However, it’s important to note that a facelift is not a one-time fix-all solution. Facial features change over time; our skin loses elasticity as we age and may begin to sag again. Leading a healthy lifestyle and undergoing maintenance treatments is paramount if you want your skin to stay rejuvenated for years to come! 

 

What Can I Do To Preserve My Facelift Results?

Now that you’ve achieved your desired results, it’s essential to maintain them for as long as possible. While you should take a few post-surgery aftercare measures, such as drinking plenty of water and avoiding direct sunlight, long-term maintenance is essential to combating aging and preserving your facelift results.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a cost-effective way to extend the lifespan of your facelift results. Eating a nutritious diet, getting plenty of rest, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption all help keep your skin healthy and youthful.

One of the most productive ways to maintain your facelift results is through nonsurgical treatments such as fillers, BOTOX, and Morpheus8.

Dr. Vinyard and his team of experts will recommend a combination of treatments and products that will help preserve your facelift results and keep your skin youthful and radiant!

 

Can I Combine My Facelift With Nonsurgical Treatments?

Absolutely! Combining your facelift with minimally invasive procedures can be an excellent way to achieve your aesthetic goals while ensuring result longevity. Dr. Vinyard routinely incorporates nonsurgical treatments as part of a holistic treatment plan to help you achieve your desired look!

It’s important to note that nonsurgical treatments are not facelift replacements. While nonsurgical treatments can enhance your results, they cannot provide the same level of lift and tightening as a surgical procedure such as a facelift.

 

What Nonsurgical Options Are Available?

If you’re looking for nonsurgical options with minimal side effects to maintain and prolong the results of your facelift, several excellent options work for all skin types:

  • Botulinum toxin injections, known as BOTOX, are a popular treatment that smoothes out fine lines and minimizes frown lines and wrinkles.
  • Filler injections with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring gel-like substance, work to restore lost volume in and around facial contours such as the cheeks, the sides of the mouth (also called marionette lines or nasolabial folds), the chin, the jawline and the lips or around the mouth (i.e. “perioral” or “smoker’s lines”) 
  • Morpheus8 is a non  invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency technology emitted through tiny needles to tighten and lift the skin and aid the body in creating new collagen. This treatment evens skin tone and addresses skin laxity.

 

How Does BOTOX Work?

BOTOX is an FDA approved treatment that has become increasingly popular over the years. It is injected into the outer layers of facial muscles – primarily the forehead, between the eyebrows (also called the 11’s) and on the sides of the eyes (aka “crow’s feet”) to relax them temporarily. By doing so, BOTOX helps smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, taking years off your face. 

BOTOX works by blocking the signals that are sent between the nerves and the muscles. As a result, the muscles cannot contract, preventing wrinkles and fine lines associated with muscle movement. The treatment is most commonly used on the forehead, around the eyes, and between the eyebrows, but it can be used in other areas of the face in some instances. 

The results of BOTOX typically become noticeable within a few days to a week after treatment and can last for 3-4 months!

 

Will Dermal Filler Injections Enhance My Facelift?

Dermal fillers are an excellent way to enhance the results of your facelift. Fillers are injectable gels that restore lost volume in the face, smooth the skin, and enhance facial contours.

At Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, we use the Juvederm line of dermal fillers which is made up of  hyaluronic acid which is injected beneath the skin to plump up and smooth out areas of the face that have volume loss due to aging and/or genetics. The treatment is highly customizable and can be used in various ways and areas on the face to give different results.

Fillers can enhance the cheeks, temples, chin, the sides of the mouth (also known as marionette lines or nasolabial folds), the jawline, and around the mouth (perioral or “smokers lines,”) providing a more youthful,defined and balanced facial appearance. Additionally, fillers can plump up the lips, providing a more voluptuous and hydrated, radiant appearance.

When combined with a facelift, fillers will enhance the procedure’s overall results and help prolong the results’ longevity!

 

What Results Can I Expect From Morpheus8?

Morpheus8 is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to tighten and tone the skin, resulting in a more youthful and contoured  appearance. The treatment works by delivering radiofrequency energy to the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and tightening the treated skin.

The results of Morpheus8 are highly customizable and depend on your aesthetic goals. The treatment can address various concerns, including wrinkles and fine lines, sagging skin, and uneven skin texture, and acne scarring.

Most patients will notice an improvement in their skin after just one treatment, with continued improvements over the next several weeks as collagen production increases. The results of Morpheus8 are long-lasting and continue to improve months after treatment!

In addition to tightening and lifting the skin, Morpheus8 can also improve the overall texture and tone of the skin, reducing the appearance of scars, age spots, stretch marks, and other imperfections.

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Amplify Your Facelift Results at VIPS!

As you consider your facial rejuvenation goals, Dr. Vinyard and his team of experts wield many options for improving the aesthetic of your face. A facelift can be an incredible addition to your treatment plan as can various other non-surgical treatments, and Dr. Vinyard and his team of experts are ready to support you in achieving your aesthetic goals. Contact us to schedule a personal consultation, or call (772) 362-3357 to discover the next steps in your facelift journey! Our office at 291 NW Peacock Blvd, Suite 103, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, proudly serves the South Florida area! We also invite you to check out our blog page, Facebook, and Instagram to learn more about the treatment options available at our office!

 

References 

  1. https://inmodemd.com/workstation/morpheus8/ — Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.
  2. https://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/procedure-learning-center/non-surgical/injectable-fillers-guide/ — Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/botox/about/pac-20384658 — Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/face-lift/about/pac-20394059 — Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.
  5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/smoking-effect-on-skin#:~:text=The%20skin%20can%20absorb%20nicotine,%2C%20eczema%2C%20and%20skin%20cancer — Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/why-facelifts-are-growing-more-popular-with-younger-people — Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.


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