How Long Does a Facelift Last?

The desire for a more youthful appearance has led many individuals to undergo facelift surgery But, how long will that renewed look last How long can one expect the results of a facelift Let’s delve into the key factors that influence the longevity of a facelift, different types of facelifts, and... | Read More

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The desire for a more youthful appearance has led many individuals to undergo facelift surgery. But, how long will that renewed look last? How long can one expect the results of a facelift? Let’s delve into the key factors that influence the longevity of a facelift, different types of facelifts, and ways to maximize and maintain the results of your facelift.

Factors That Affect Facelift Longevity

The duration of facelift results can vary due to various factors, with some results lasting longer than others. Factors can also be patient specific with regards to their goals with a facelift. Here are some of the most influential factors to consider:

Type of Facelift

There are several types of facelift procedures available. These include:

  • Deep Plane Facelift

Although more extensive, the deep plane facelift is often more long-lasting. Some patients have reported lasting benefits of up to a decade. This surgical procedure deals with the deep layers of skin and muscle, perfect for those with a lot of sagging or drooping skin on their face. 

  • Traditional Facelifts

Traditional facelifts are not as intense as deep plane facelifts, but they do come with a shorter recovery time. This type of facelift would last around 7 years. Ideal for those who have sagging in their mid-face or lower-face regions. 

  • Skin-only facelift

The skin-only facelift is less invasive than traditional and deep plane facelifts, which means the recovery time is shorter. However, the results achieved through a skin-only facelift are often the least long-lasting. Patients who opt for this procedure can expect results to last around 5 years. This is ideal for those with less sag and droop on their face. 

  • Mini-Facelift

 Patients who opt for a mini facelift can expect results to last for up to 5 years. Minimally invasive, this procedure is perfect for those with mild to moderate sagging and primarily involves tightening the skin on the lower face. This treatment is helpful because it reduces the appearance of jowls, which is often the first sign of aging on the face.

Lifestyle Habits

Certain lifestyle habits can affect the longevity of facelift results. Individuals who smoke may experience a shorter duration of facelift results due to the negative impact smoking has on skin elasticity and collagen production. On the other hand, individuals who prioritize healthy habits, such as eating well, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep, may experience longer-lasting results.

Protecting the skin from UV rays is also important. Skin that has been tightened and lifted during a facelift is sensitive to damage from the sun. Hence, it’s crucial to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid excessive sun exposure, especially during the peak times of the day.


A person’s age is also a factor. Generally, older individuals may experience shorter-lasting than those who undergo the procedure in their 40s or 50s. This is because younger individuals have more elastic and resilient skin that is better able to maintain its shape and smoothness after surgery, so they can expect a facelift lifespan of 7-10 years.  Older individuals, on the other hand, may experience more significant changes in their facial structure due to the natural aging process.


Following postoperative care instructions, avoiding strenuous physical activity, and protecting the skin from harmful UV rays are essential.

After the facelift procedure, rest and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks as movement or excessive activity can put pressure on the newly tightened skin, resulting in complications or negatively affecting the results. Patients should follow all post-operative care instructions provided by their plastic surgeon, including taking any prescribed medications and attending follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

The results of a facelift can last between 5-10 years at least. However, the long-term success of facelift surgery depends on several factors. Genetics, age, skin quality, and lifestyle habits all play a significant role in determining the results. Also, regardless of the timing of surgery, the same aging process continues – a facelift simply “turns back the clock.” While a facelift can provide a more youthful appearance, it’s important to understand that the results are not permanent. 

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