Secondary Facelifts: Corrective Surgery

Secondary Facelifts: Corrective Surgery

Our faces display our most defining physical features; they also broadcast the first signs of aging for all to see. Thus, the goal of facelift surgery has always been to fight back against mother nature and take years off of our appearance, while maintaining and enhancing our physical identity.

Since many specific variations of facelift surgery exist today, it can be hard to determine which type will best help us achieve that goal. Current facelift procedure options include the full facelift, mini or mid-facelift, brow lift and forehead lift. In more recent years, however, there's been increasing buzz surrounding secondary facelifts. But what exactly is a secondary facelift? Who is a candidate for it?

What are Secondary Facelifts?

Secondary facelifts, sometimes called facelift revision surgery or reverse facelifts, are performed either to restore the results achieved with original facelift surgery, or to correct a faulty facelift procedure. Facelift surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures chosen to be redone. This is because the face highlights the signs of continued aging more prominently than any other body area does; and because the face features our most distinguishing and identifiable physical characteristics—so naturally, patients are very particular about their facial enhancement results!

Why Your Secondary Facelift Motives Matter

As mentioned above, patients typically choose secondary facelift surgery either to touch up previous facelift results, or to correct a facelift gone wrong. Your reasons for undergoing a secondary facelift can affect how you and your plastic surgeon plan and complete this process.

If you're looking into revision facelift surgery to correct poor results, or mistakes made during your first facelift (hopefully not), it's wise to take certain steps the second time around to ensure yourself better odds:

  • Thoroughly research facelift surgery types and their supplemental information before your consultation with a plastic surgeon
  • Identify what specifically displeased you about your original facelift results, and clearly communicate this to your surgeon during the consultation
  • Based on your own input, viewings of before and after photos, and result previews with computer imaging software, you can frame a very specific idea of what you want and, again, share all your thoughts and needs with your plastic surgeon
  • Ask about the experience and credentials of the plastic surgeon you will be working with. They should have years of facelift experience behind them, and be able to make personalized suggestions and recommendations for your surgery

If you underwent a facelift several years ago and were very satisfied with the results—but are now starting to notice some degradation—you are likely interested in a secondary facelift to restore youthful structure and tautness to your facial appearance. In this instance, there are other guidelines to follow that can help you efficiently tackle your revision facelift process:

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