Park City, UT (PRWEB) December 03, 2012
According to the most recent annual report published by the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the facelift was one of the top five procedures performed in the United States in 2011. The reports notes that, “Facelifts are among the Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks.”
The rising popularity of facelifts could be due in part to increased knowledge of the longterm results. In a new study published in the December 2012 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the ASPS, researchers analyzed the continued results of participating patients five years after the initial facelift. The results showed that 75 percent of patients, “still look younger than they did before surgery.” This display of longterm success works to alleviate concerns among potential patients.
With the increased interest in facelift surgeries, there is, however, a higher chance that unqualified surgeons are performing these procedures in the hope of capitalizing on the growing number of potential patients. This can lead to bad results and the ensuing need for a revision facelift.
A revision facelift is necessary in two scenarios: a poorly executed facelift in need of immediate revision; a facelift that is aging poorly and needs revision as a results of aging. Signs of a facelift in need of immediate revision include overly stretched skin, raised eyebrows, displaced hairline, misshapen eyes, rotated earlobes, or loss of facial function. Signs that a facelift has aged poorly include areas of sagging skin on the forehead, below the eyes, and in the mouth and chin area. As the skin of the face ages and loses elasticity, the skin will sag around specific pull lines of the original facelift.
Though the original facelift was meant to create a more youthful look, Dr. Stephen Prendiville notes on RealSelf.com that, “Unfortunately, every Facial Plastic Surgery procedure carries with is the possibility of revision.” He continues by saying that possibility of a facelift revision should be relatively low but increases, “when a patient is overweight or has a heavy neck.”
Patients unsure whether or not they need a revision facelift can learn more at FaceForum. Additionally, they can view facelift before and after photos of other patients in similar situations.