Effectiveness, Longevity, and Complications of Facelift

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A facelift refers to the surgical procedure that helps you to get tighten your skin. Basically, it helps you to get rid of the signs of aging that have taken hold. However, before getting the procedure, you should know its effectiveness, longevity, and complications. The current article contains this crucial information to help you out. Continue reading!

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If you would like to get rid of sagging skin folds in the cheeks and neck, and your main goal is to get tight skin so that you look younger, then this procedure is for you. It is highly effective to provide you with the benefits of younger, rejuvenated, and attractive skin. For example, you can get it around your eyes or on the jawline. It comes with permanent effects.

Specifically, it is recommended for individuals who start to observe the signs of aging in their thirties and forties. Also, it is for the people who have a focus on particular facial areas. Normally, its effects remain for as a minimum 5 to 10 years or more than that.


Your other concern can be ‘how long does it last?’ Normally, the effects of this procedure last up to 10 years. The experience of your surgeon is an important element that plays a role in the longevity of the results. Another effective element is the requirements of the patient. Some people would like to go with short-term effects, while some other want to get effects for a long time period. Usually, after treatments are required to maintain the results. However, your surgeon can explain it better.


Whenever you are going to get a procedure done, you must know its complications. Hence, the procedure of facelift is safe and you can go for it without any fear. But still, it comes with some possible complications. So, have a look at them so that it will be easy for you to decide anything. As the procedure is surgical, these risks include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Damage to the facial muscles that is usually temporary
  • Complications of anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Thickening of scars
  • Widening of scars
  • Numbness that may take up to a few days to improve
  • Loss of hair around your incisions
  • The difference in both sides of the face

If you observe swelling, redness, pain, or inflammation in the treated area for a few days after the surgery, then you should ask your doctor about it.

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When you know complications, it becomes necessary for you to know the recovery process. This time period depends on different aspects. It differs from one person to another. After 7 days, your stitches will be removed. Almost 1 to 2 weeks will be enough to reduce bruising and swelling. Some patients experience numbness on the treated area that may fade within a few weeks. But in general, you can get back to your work after a few days of the procedure.

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