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How Does the Aging Process Affect a Facelift?

Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin are all part of the normal aging process. However, many people may experience embarrassment or dissatisfaction with their appearance as their face and skin begin to lose tone and elasticity. To combat the effects of aging and regain a smoother, younger appearance, many people may consider surgical options.

A facelift can help to improve the appearance of the skin on the face and neck by surgically tightening loose areas and removing any excess skin, thus reducing sagging and wrinkles. However, while a facelift can reduce the appearance of these adverse effects of aging, this procedure does not stop the aging process from occurring. As a result, the aging process can still affect a facelift over time depending on the type of facelift procedure and the patient’s overall health and lifestyle.

Factors that Affect the Aging Process

While a facelift can help to temporarily resolve some of the adverse effects that aging has on our skin, it is not a permanent solution and does not stop the aging process from continuing. This means that while a facelift may tighten or remove loose skin, our skin cells will continue to slowly wrinkle and sag over time. However, a few factors may help extend the life of your facelift and slow the aging process on your face and neck.

First and foremost, your genes are a major factor in how you age. However, there are other factors in the aging process that you can control, such as diet, exercise, and lifestyle. For example, staying out of the sun or using sunscreen can help keep the skin on your face from wrinkling at an earlier age. This is key in maintaining a youthful appearance both before and after a facelift procedure. Additionally, living a healthy lifestyle by eating a good diet, exercising regularly, and refraining from smoking will also help slow the aging process and keep your skin healthy. Sometimes, additional treatments can be recommended to help maintain results.

How Long Will a Facelift Last?

Depending on the surgeon you choose, the type of facelift procedure, and your overall health and lifestyle, your facelift may last anywhere from two to ten years. Due to the many factors listed above that can affect the health of your skin and the overall speed of the aging process, there is no single answer for how long a facelift will last. However, most people can expect to require follow-up appointments with their plastic surgeon over the years to track when they may need additional touch-ups or surgeries.

Combat Aging with a Facelift Procedure

While a facelift cannot stop or reverse the natural aging process and its effects on your skin, it can help reduce the more noticeable side effects of aging. A facelift can give a more youthful appearance by tightening and smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging on the face and neck.

If you are looking for ways to increase your confidence and gain satisfaction with the way you look, consider a facelift procedure. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon at The Centre, P.C. today to discuss how the aging process affects a facelift and learn tips for keeping your skin healthy and youthful over time.

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Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Macias completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency training at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently Board-Eligible with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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