How long it takes before an individual who has had a face lift wishes to have another surgical procedure varies from one person to the next and depends upon the initial condition of the skin, weight fluctuations, past and future sun exposure, general nutritional status and one’s genetics. Whether or not one has injectable treatments following a facelift can also impact upon the longevity of the surgical results. I believe that injectable treatments can significantly prolong the results achieved by facial rejuvenation surgery and recommend continued, judicious use of injectable treatments to all patients after facial rejuvenation surgery.
In my practice, I have noted that a patient who has had a face lift develops findings that would benefit from another surgical procedure in a period of time that ranges from 5 to 10 years. The variability in this time period is due to the same factors I described above. The second surgical procedure is typically a “short scar” face lift.