Secondary Facelift: Worth It?

Sometimes at my Chicago practice, I see patients for facelift surgery who actually already had a procedure elsewhere and are unhappy with the results.

The need for a secondary facelift procedure, also called a revisionary facelift, isn’t usually due to doctor error or improper postoperative care. It’s often outside circumstances that diminish the results of a facelift. Good candidates for secondary facelifts are people who:

  • Have very lax skin or poor skin elasticity
  • Have lost weight since their first facelift
  • Feel that their first facelift did not sufficiently address their areas of concern
  • Understand the limitations of facelift surgery and have realistic expectations

Patients who do not meet this criteria may benefit from minimally invasive maintenance, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers.

Secondary facelifts have been repeatedly proven to be safe and comfortable for most patients. Because a secondary facelift deals with areas of the face that were previously adjusted, there are fewer blood vessels involved and less of a risk of complication. Incisions are usually the same, so there are no extra scars to worry about. Best of all, recovery time after a second facelift tends to be shorter, and patients are typically more at ease because they know what to expect.

A second facelift is often exactly what’s needed to streamline and enhance the results of the first procedure. With proper planning, realistic expectations, and the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon with ample facial experience, patients can achieve beautiful results.

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