A revision facelift corrects or improves a previous facelift when you are disappointed in the results. Because facelift revision requires more skill and precision than a primary lift, a board-certified plastic surgeon with significant revision experience, such as Dr. Few, should only perform these procedures.

Why do I need a revision facelift?

Correcting a failed facelift is the most common reason for a revision facelift.

When a facelift surgery is performed correctly, sagging skin on the lower face is tightened upward, not pulling back toward the ears. Facelifts fail when surgeons tighten the skin but do not address supportive musculature. They may pull facial tissue too tight, which gives a startled and unnatural appearance. Surgeons may also fail to sufficiently lift the face, leaving jowls, lax skin, and drooping cheeks.

As a corrective cosmetic surgery, a revision facelift may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • To refresh or update the results of your initial facelift by targeting changes caused by aging
  • Take advantage of new facelift techniques, which create more natural-looking results without the drawbacks of older lifting methods
  • Correct unbalanced, uneven, and unnatural results from your first facelift

What are the benefits of a revision facelift?

When your first facelift produces unsatisfactory results, it can damage your self-esteem. Working with a surgeon with exceptional experience and skill, such as Dr. Few, can create an outcome that will restore your confidence in your appearance.

Some of the additional benefits of a revision facelift in Chicago include the following:

  • Restoring your facial aesthetic balance
  • Enhancing your existing facial features
  • Minimizing or eliminating the unsatisfactory results of previous surgery
  • A more naturally youthful and lifted appearance
  • Reduced signs of aging

Am I a candidate for a revision facelift?

If you have had at least one prior traditional or mini facelift and want to enhance or correct the results, you could be a candidate for a revision facelift. However, the first step in determining candidacy is identifying your facial areas of concern.

Next, Dr. Few will determine whether enough time has passed since your previous facelift. Waiting twelve months after the initial surgery before undergoing a revision facelift is best. This is because it takes approximately one year for skin, muscle, and other tissue to heal before the face can safely undergo another lift.

Once corrections have been identified and it is twelve months after the initial facelift, revision candidates include people who:

  • Are in good health with no current or recurring infections in the surgical site
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have unsightly scar tissue from a previous facelift
  • Have uneven or unnatural-looking results of a prior facelift
  • Need a touch-up to repair a surgical error or as maintenance due to aging

Revision facelift procedure and recovery

There is not one surgical technique for a revision facelift; after assessing the results of your initial facelift, Dr. Few will craft a customized surgical plan for your secondary facelift.

The type of lift chosen will depend on the following:

  • Your face shape
  • Tissue quality
  • What corrections are required
  • Skin elasticity, which has continued to degrade with age since your initial procedure

A revision facelift may use lighter anesthesia, such as local anesthesia and oral sedation, to decrease bleeding and increase the chances of a safe procedure and an easy recovery. Additionally, the underlying scar tissue from the first surgery can reinforce the lifting technique for a better and longer-lasting result.

When the revision facelift is to refresh the first lift’s results, invasive techniques are unlikely necessary to achieve naturally beautiful and balanced results. While it’s not uncommon to need another facelift to maintain a youthful appearance, it takes approximately ten years post-procedure for the aging process to necessitate revisions.

The revision facelift recovery period will be similar to the original surgery, as will the aftercare instructions. Your results should last between ten and fifteen years, as facial skin continues to droop and underlying tissue will sag with age.

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Why choose The Few Institute for a revision facelift in Chicago?

When a previous facelift delivered subpar results, Dr. Julius Few can perform a revision facelift to correct errors and ensure you once again feel confident and secure in your appearance. He understands how to craft a customized treatment plan to deliver elegant results well-suited to your facial structure.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, Dr. Few can help you achieve your desired refreshed, youthful, and natural look. With his superior artistry and eye for aesthetic balance, you will look just like yourself after your revision facelift in Chicago, only more radiant and attractive.

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