The decision to undergo a facelift is a deeply personal choice. Some people choose a facelift to mitigate the signs of aging. Others want to target specific parts of the face while they are younger to have a more youthful appearance as they age.
While many facelifts are carried out without any issues and lead to long-lasting results, others leave patients with a deep sense of dissatisfaction. You might look at yourself after facelift surgery and believe the work carried out by the plastic surgeon wasn’t what you wanted.
Facelifts are some of the most common cosmetic procedures, but corrective or revision facelifts can follow up the initial trip to the operating room. Patients who choose to undergo a corrective facelift are usually looking to improve or enhance the work of a previous plastic surgeon.
If you are not satisfied with the results of an initial facelift, a revision facelift can be an effective tool to help you meet your cosmetic goals and become satisfied with your appearance. For a revision facelift in the St. George, UT area, contact the office of Dr. Jordan Wallin.
To ask your specific questions about the revision facelift, call Dr. Jordan Wallin at Desert Bloom Plastic Surgery and Oasis Aesthetics at (435) 627-8150. Our staff is also happy to schedule a consultation with the doctor at your convenience.
There are several reasons why a patient would be interested in a corrective facelift. These include:
Issues With The Surgical Process: Some inexperienced plastic surgeons might make incisions that are unsightly or lead to facial scarring that is noticeable. Improper suturing or complications with thread lift after a facelift can lead to sutures that appear above the skin or give the face an unnatural look.
Lack Of Effectiveness: People often choose to undergo another facelift if they feel like the first one did not meet their aesthetic goals. Some facelifts do not ‘lift’ the face like advertised, while others might not look very natural. Some inexperienced plastic surgeons might try and use older, ineffective facelift techniques.
Facial Irregularities: Occasionally, a plastic surgery procedure might lead to unwanted dents or ridges in the face if they are not carried out properly. Sometimes, bigger issues, like the sewing of earlobes to the face, can occur if the procedure was carried out by someone with a lack of training. These issues are only properly addressed by a revision facelift in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon.
Short Shelf Life: Most facelifts will be effective for 5-10 years, depending on the age of the patient during the first facelift. Some facelifts might end in an early loss of cosmetic changes.
Ideal candidates for a corrective facelift are healthy patients who understand the changes they are looking for. Typically, those with deep creases around the mouth and eyes, extra skin around the jaw, or skin that is too tight or pulled back on the wrong parts of the face seek a facelift revision.
The ultimate goal of a corrective facelift is to give you a natural-looking, healthy and youthful appearance. The idea is to make you feel and seem like a younger-looking version of yourself without making it obvious that you had a facelift.
Corrective facelifts can be more challenging than an initial facelift because the skin and muscles on your face are already altered. There is also the issue of potentially dealing with scar tissue from an initial facelift, and the heightened risk of infection after a second procedure.
During a corrective facelift, the plastic surgeon will either use the same incision site as the previous facelift or make new hidden cuts if they look unsightly. Most surgeons will first work with the area of scar tissue where the first facelift was carried out and then will transition into parts of the deep plane on the face that was not operated on. The process of a restorative facelift includes resuspending cheek fat and muscles, correcting asymmetries, and taking out some scar tissue.
Patients who are interested in a corrective facelift should come prepared with the original operative report from the first facelift if possible. This gives a plastic surgeon insight into how the first procedure was carried out and the type of treatment and visual changes you are seeking from a revision facelift.
Instead of a revision facelift, it might be possible to use non-surgical and non-invasive treatment methods like dermal fillers to achieve the changes you desire. An experienced facial plastic surgeon will be able to advise patients on the best course of action and if treatments like Botox® or dermal fillers could be combined with a corrective facelift to achieve ideal results.
The recovery process after a revision facelift is very similar to a traditional one. In most cases, significant swelling will subside and start to decrease within 7-10 days after the procedure. It usually takes about a month until the entire face heals, while minor swelling might take up to two months to completely disappear.
The immediate results of a facelift revision appear once major swelling abates. Dr. Jordan Wallin works closely with all patients during and after the corrective facelift surgery process to ensure a smooth recovery. You will schedule several follow-up appointments so the doctor can monitor your progress.
The effects of a problematic facelift impact your self-image and how you view your body. The easiest way to determine if a revision facelift is right for you is to visit the office of Dr. Jordan Wallin and speak with our experienced and professional team.
During a consultation, Dr. Wallin will work with you to discuss the results of your first facelift procedure and the reasons why you are interested in correcting it. He will ask that you supply photos of yourself before the initial facelift as well as the photos you took to the first surgeon that indicated the changes you wanted.
He will also examine your face and medical history to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo another facelift and then give advice on the corrective action necessary.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these options, Dr. Wallin would love to talk with you. Call us at (435) 627-8150, or reach out to us online to set up an appointment to meet one-on-one with a talented plastic surgeon.