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A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at rejuvenating the face by addressing sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and other signs of aging. While many individuals achieve satisfying results from their initial facelift, there are instances where a revision facelift may be desired or necessary. Here are some common reasons why you may consider undergoing a revision facelift:

1. Continued Aging

Despite the transformative effects of a facelift, the aging process is ongoing, and most facelift results are only designed to last 5-10 years. Over time, the skin may lose elasticity, facial tissues may sag, and wrinkles may reappear, necessitating a touch-up or revision procedure to maintain a youthful appearance. A revision facelift can address new signs of aging and help restore a more refreshed and rejuvenated look.

2. Undesirable Results from Previous Procedures

In some cases, individuals may be dissatisfied with the results of their initial facelift due to factors such as asymmetry, overcorrection, or under-correction. This dissatisfaction may arise from poor surgical technique, inadequate communication with the surgeon, or unrealistic expectations. A revision facelift can correct these issues and refine the results to better align with the patient’s aesthetic goals.

3. Complications or Unforeseen Changes

While rare, complications such as hematoma, infection, or poor wound healing can occur following a facelift, leading to suboptimal results or asymmetry. Additionally, changes in weight, lifestyle or other factors may affect the long-term outcome of the procedure. A revision facelift can address these complications or unforeseen changes and restore a more balanced and natural appearance.

4. Volume Loss or Fat Redistribution

Over time, the face may experience volume loss or fat redistribution, resulting in hollowed cheeks, sunken temples, or jowls. While a traditional facelift primarily addresses skin laxity and muscle tightening, a revision facelift may incorporate fat grafting or dermal fillers to restore lost volume and achieve more youthful contours.

5. Scar Revision

Scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure, including facelifts. While facelift scars typically fade over time and become less noticeable, some individuals may develop hypertrophic scars or keloids, which are raised, thickened scars that can be aesthetically displeasing. A revision facelift may include scar revision techniques to improve the appearance of scars and minimize their visibility.

6. Desire for Further Improvement

For some individuals, the results of their initial facelift may meet their expectations but fall short of their desired outcome. Whether it is achieving a more defined jawline, smoother neck contour, or enhanced facial symmetry, a revision facelift can address specific areas of concern and provide further improvement for a more satisfying result.

7. Change in Personal Aesthetic Preferences

As trends and standards of beauty evolve, individuals may develop new aesthetic preferences or desires for their appearance. A revision facelift offers an opportunity to update or refine the results of a previous procedure to better align with the patient’s current aesthetic goals and preferences.

A revision facelift may be necessary or desired for a variety of reasons, from continued degenerative changes and volume loss or fat redistribution to complications and a desire for further improvement to align with personal aesthetic preferences. By addressing these concerns and refining the results of the initial facelift, a revision facelift can help patients achieve a more refreshed, rejuvenated, and harmonious facial appearance. If you want to explore options in revision facelift procedures, contact the office of Eric Cerrati, MD, FACS, in Salt Lake City, UT, to schedule a revision facelift consultation. Dr. Cerrati specializes in facelift surgery and can help you achieve your aesthetic rejuvenation goals.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Eric Cerrati, Facial Plastic Surgery

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Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!