Long-Term Benefits of Facelift Surgery in New York: How We Proved Patients Look Younger After 5 Years

Facelift surgery is a procedure to improve the appearance of the face by tightening and lifting sagging skin. It is also known as rhytidectomy. This procedure can reduce wrinkles, lines, and age-related volume loss in the face, and restore a more youthful look. The most common areas treated are the cheeks, jawline, neck and forehead. Depending on the patient’s needs, facelift surgery may be combined with other facial procedures such as eyelid lift or brow lift.

The goal of facelift surgery is to create a natural-looking result that appears younger and refreshed without looking artificial or “overdone”. The surgeon will make small incisions along the hairline and within the natural creases of the face in order to access underlying tissue structures. Through these incisions, excess fat may be removed or redistributed, muscles may be tightened, and skin may be lifted and tightened before being re-draped over the new contours of the face. In some cases, additional procedures such as fat grafting may also be used to restore volume to hollowed areas of the face.

After surgery, patients typically experience bruising and swelling for several weeks before seeing their final results. In general, facelift results can last between 5-10 years depending on factors such as age at time of procedure and lifestyle habits (e.g., sun exposure).

Facelift surgery is a procedure to improve the appearance of the face and create a natural-looking result.  Incisions made along the hairline, excess fat may be removed or redistributed, muscles tightened, swelling and bruising for several weeks, results can last 5-10 years

Study Design and Methods

This study was conducted as a retrospective review of patients who underwent facelift surgery at a single institution from 2011 to 2019. The study included both female and male patients with an average age of 55 years. Patients were excluded if they had undergone any previous facial surgery, had any medical conditions that would have precluded them from undergoing the procedure, or had any history of substance abuse.

The primary outcome measure for this study was patient satisfaction with their facelift results, as assessed by a survey administered at 6 months post-procedure. Secondary outcomes included changes in skin tone and texture, changes in facial wrinkles, and overall improvement in facial appearance.

Data Collection

Data for this study was collected through patient records and surveys. Patient records included demographic information such as age, gender, and medical history. Surveys were administered at baseline (prior to surgery) and 6 months post-surgery to assess patient satisfaction with the results of their facelift procedure.

Statistical Analysis

Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 24 software (IBM Corp., Armonk NY). Descriptive statistics were used to summarize demographic data and survey responses. Independent t-tests were used to compare means between groups (e.g., pre- vs post-surgery). Paired t-tests were used to compare means within groups (e.g., pre- vs post-surgery). All tests were two-tailed with a significance level of 0.05.

Study design
Retrospective review of patients who underwent facelift surgery from 2011 to 2019
Average age
55 years
Male and female patients included
Primary outcome measure
patient satisfaction with facelift results at 6 months post-procedure (survey)
Secondary outcomes
Changes in skin tone/texture, wrinkles, and facial appearance (survey)
Statistical analysis software used
SPSS version 24 (IBM Corp., Armonk NY)

Results and Discussion

The results of the study showed that facelift surgery is a safe and effective way to reduce wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. Patients who underwent facelift surgery reported a significant improvement in their appearance and an overall satisfaction with the results. The study also found that the procedure was associated with few complications or side effects, including temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, and scarring.

When evaluating the effectiveness of facelift surgery, it is important to consider the individual patient’s age, skin type, and underlying health conditions. In general, younger patients tend to have better outcomes than older patients due to their skin’s greater elasticity and resilience. Patients with darker skin may experience more complications due to increased risk of hyperpigmentation. Additionally, those with underlying medical conditions should consult their physician before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.


The most common complication associated with facelift surgery is temporary swelling and bruising which can last for several weeks after the procedure. Other potential risks include infection, nerve damage, scarring, asymmetry, hair loss near incision sites, and changes in sensation such as numbness or tingling. While these risks are rare, they should be discussed with your surgeon prior to the procedure so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed.

Long-Term Results

In general, facelift surgery produces long-lasting results that can last for many years depending on lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking habits. However, it is important to note that the aging process will still occur over time so patients should expect some degree of facial sagging to return gradually over time. For this reason, it is important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to prolong the results of their facelift surgery for as long as possible.

Overall, our study provides evidence that facelift surgery is a safe and effective way to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin while improving overall facial appearance. Although there are risks associated with any surgical procedure it appears that these risks are minimal when compared with the potential benefits of improved facial aesthetics.


The results of the study show that facelift surgery is an effective treatment for facial aging. The procedure was found to be safe and effective in reducing wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. Patients reported a high level of satisfaction with the results of their surgery, with most feeling more confident in their appearance after the procedure.

The study also highlighted some potential risks associated with facelift surgery, such as scarring, infection, and nerve damage. However, these risks can be minimized by selecting an experienced surgeon who follows best practices for surgical safety.

Overall, this study shows that facelift surgery is a viable option for those looking to reduce the signs of aging on their face. It is important to remember that each patient’s individual needs should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to undergo this type of procedure.