How Long Do Results Last after Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

Patients who are looking for a cosmetic procedure that will provide overall rejuvenation for an extended period of time often opt for surgery, which does not require follow-up applications, as is the case with minimally invasive procedures such as Botox injections or dermal fillers.

While it is true that facial surgical procedures, such as facelift or eyelid surgery, are considered permanent, the face will continue to age afterward. Although this aging process is dramatically slowed as a result of surgery, it is still inevitable.

A number of Dr. Mark Deuber’s patients have expressed their concerns as to how long they can expect a facial surgical procedure to last. Read further to find out how long you can expect your facial cosmetic surgery results to last, and which factors can play a role in this process.

Facelift Technique

If you have areas of moderately sagging skin, without any lax facial muscles, there are a number of procedures that provide good results by only lifting the skin to remove wrinkles and folds, without also addressing any of the underlying facial structures.

Mini facelifts results usually last for about five years, as opposed to 15 years for a full facelift that also addresses underlying tissue and muscle structure.

Full Facelift versus Partial Facelift

Today, you can opt to only lift specific parts of the face, such as the forehead, brows, cheeks, chin, or neck. Addressing only one area of the face can also affect how long the results will last. Remember, the surrounding skin, muscle, and tissue to the area that has been lifted will still be affected by the effects of aging.


Our genetics can determine many things, including the quality of our facial skin. Those patients with better skin quality that heals well without excessive scarring will be more likely to have longer-lasting results following facial surgery than those with poor quality skin that does not heal well, has acne scars or pitting, or is light colored and may make scars from surgery more noticeable.


Similarly, age can also play an important role in how long results from facial surgery will last. As you age, your skin will begin to lose collagen, a protein that keeps your skin firm and full. This collagen breakdown is what can leave you with sagging facial skin.

The younger you are at the time you undergo your facial cosmetic procedure, the less work that will need to be done because your skin will still have collagen to help you retain a more youthful appearance for a longer period of time.

Dr. Deuber understands that you are looking to cosmetic facial surgery as a way to rejuvenate your features for the long term. One of the best ways to get the most out of the results from your procedure for as long as possible is to understand how to maintain them over time. Think of it as an investment in your own future. Contact us today to find out if you’re a good candidate for facial plastic surgery.


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