The average age at the time of the primary face lift was 50.7 years (range, 34.9 to 69.9 years), and the average age at the time of the secondary face lift was 61.9 years (range, 43.6 to 77.2 years).The average length of time from the primary to secondary face lift was 11.9 years (range, 1.0 to 34.5 years). ….
Readers of this article will already know that people have a universe of reasons for having a face lift. In practice, one commonly notes not only unhappiness with the mirror but also the loss of a spouse or the anticipation of finding one: the patient's social milieu and group dynamics (face lifts as a rite of passage). Some people perceive an advantage in finding or maintaining employment, all reasons that may have little to do with the face itself but with life conditions of the person requesting the procedure. In other words, subjectivity and life forces are major factors, and the decision to have such a procedure may have little relationship to how the patient actually appears.Biological factors such as skin quality, facial weight, and the age at which the initial procedure is performed significantly affect both the quality of the initial result and its duration, and the same cultural and personal forces remain. There is no distinct tissue endpoint for undergoing a secondary lift, just as there is no distinct biological point at which a primary lift becomes “necessary.” With so many factors to be considered, the longevity of any type of face lift remains a difficult question to answer with any certainty.