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How much younger do you look with a facelift?

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Before & After Facelift by Dr. Hodgkinson

How much younger do you look with a facelift? A recent study published where first year medical students assessed the results of facelifting suggested that there was about a seven year reduction in the age appearance of patients after a facelift. The question would be whether first year medical students, who are about 20 years of age, can give an ideal objective assessment of age in the facelift age group which is usually in the 50 to 60-year-old age group. In fact, it has been also shown from studies that patients who have had a facelift always get the benefit of that facelift looking younger and usually do not require a surgical procedure for 10 or 11 years after the operation, so perhaps they have a 10 year reduction in the age. Often from the mouth of babes comes startling information and my 15-year-old daughter when seeing results says “Dad you make them look 20 years younger” but, in fact, we never tell a patient or imply to a patient how many years younger they will look after a facelift. In fact the aim and the ideal of a result from a facelift is that the patient is ageless, that is, we do not think about their age when we look at them, that in fact the harmony of their features is such that their face has a vitality and an expressiveness that belies their age. The facelifting procedure has progressed significantly over the last 30 years from a tight stretched look and an overdone appearance to a more natural appearance, paying attention to many features of aging which we did not understand 30 years ago. The volumetric deflation of the face, the drooping of the nose and other features which contribute to the overall appearance of being worn out.

In fact the new facelifts which are referred to as the panfacial rejuvenation leave some lines which imply expressiveness and a happy face and concentrate on re-establishing a tone in the neck, jawline, mid face and brow area and if excessive laxity of skin exists around the eyelids a trimming, but not over excessive of that skin. The surgical procedure is carried out as an outpatient under general anaesthesia and does require at least approximately two weeks recuperation. Results of two recent patients are shown.