Summary: Good news has recently been published for those who have undergone a facelift and require a secondary procedure. Revision facelifts require no more risk, and result in no worse side effects, than your primary facelift procedure.

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Your Beautiful Journey

Hundreds of thousands of women per year undergo facelift procedures in hopes of achieving a youthful, more vibrant look. Plastic surgery has a high success rate and is a very trusted practice; however there are always exceptions to the rule. Mistakes can happen, and revisions are sometimes required to perfect the look you were trying to achieve the first time around. The best news ever though is that doctors and researchers who have been studying secondary procedures have concluded that they are just as safe as a primary procedure, meaning you should have zero worries when it comes to fixing your original surgery.

If you’re interested in facelift procedures we suggest consulting with the Minneapolis facelift surgeons at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD.

Facelift Facts

Facelifts are a great way to surgically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging, and the procedure can leave you with a rejuvenated new look. Most women who undergo a facelift can’t stop raving about how happy they are with their results. A few women every year do experience difficulties during their procedure though, and require a follow up surgery to achieve a perfect final look. In these cases, plastic surgeons perform a secondary surgery to correct any issue that may have happened the first time around. The need for a secondary operation may be due to:

  • A botched primary procedure. Assuring that your cosmetic surgeon is board certified and experienced with facelifts will help reduce the likelihood of this ever being the case.
  • Time having a negative effect on your results. After 10 or more years, the results of your facelift may begin to fade. As aging takes over again, a secondary procedure may be needed as “maintenance” to your primary surgery.
  • No matter what the reason is for your secondary or “revision” facelift, being open and honest with your doctor is a major factor in the success of your procedure.

The Study that Proves it All

According to recent reports published in the March 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, secondary or “revision” facelift surgeries have been found to be a safe and effective way to combat the negative side effects of aging. The study examined over 800 facelift operations between the years of 1990 and 2010, 60 of which were secondary procedures. Of those 60 individuals who underwent a revision lift, the average time between their first and second facelift was 9 years. The research also found that the complication rate in secondary facelifts was consistent with the risks of a primary procedure, making it no more or less dangerous. Research also suggests there was no increase in the rate of facial nerve injury after a revision facelift, even though many have believed for years that this is a main risk of revision.

Second Chance at Perfect Results

A revision may be necessary in order for you to achieve or maintain the youthful results that come from a facelift. Board certified cosmetic surgeons are on hand every day to answer questions about your secondary procedures, and we wish you the best of luck throughout your cosmetic surgery journey.

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