After a facelift by a skilled surgeon, you will always look younger than if you didn’t have the procedure. Essentially, the cosmetic benefits last a lifetime. However, sustaining a youthful appearance depends on several factors. Here are variables that affect facelift results:

Surgical Expertise

The most influential factor is a doctor’s surgical proficiency. By choosing Peter Abramson, MD as your surgeon, positive results are assured. With 15+ years’ experience, performing thousands of facelifts, you can be confident in his knowledge and competence. Dr. Abramson specializes in facial plastic, reconstructive, and nasal surgery, with double-board certification in these fields.

Dr. Abramson employs the most advanced surgical techniques to maximize facelift longevity. Additionally, Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery is approved by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This designation testifies to the safety and progressiveness of our facility. Accreditation is only granted to practitioners who meet the high standards of patient care set by the AAAHC.

Personal Variables

Your age, skin condition, and genetics impact surgical outcome. For the most part, these three elements are beyond your control. Patients younger than age 60 with fewer signs of aging, tend to have more lasting outcomes than patients age 70 and older.

Skin quality at the time of a facelift is another determinant. Healthy, dark-toned skin responds well to surgical treatment. Skin that’s fair, thin, and damaged by sun and smoking may need future revision. Heredity also plays a role in how fast skin continues to age.

A stable weight before surgery yields the best results. Being close to your ideal weight helps, as does healthy nutrition. If you lose 10 pounds or more beforehand, your skin may lack the necessary elasticity to retain its shape.

Type of Procedure

Also affecting outcomes is the extent of surgical intervention. You have two options:

  • full or traditional facelift – invasive surgery
  • mini facelift – less extensive

Traditional Facelift

full facelift involves removing excess skin and fat, lifting and tightening lax muscles, and re-positioning skin. After healing, your face will be smoother and firmer, lacking its previous wrinkles, lines, and folds.

A rejuvenated appearance should last at least five years, possibly up to 10, depending on your personal factors. Additional procedures may enhance results, such as nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, or a forehead lift.

Mini Facelift

mini facelift removes extra skin and fat deposits, to firm and smooth the face. The technique is termed “mini” since it targets the cheeks, jaw, and neck, rather than the entire face. A mini facelift eliminates wrinkles and sagging. Here you can see the difference a mini facelift makes.

Patients sometimes choose to boost the beauty of a mini facelift with auxiliary procedures such as an eye lift, chin augmentation, facial liposuction, anti-wrinkle injection, or dermal filler.

Frequently, a mini facelift can be achieved with local anesthesia and little to no subsequent pain. Post-op swelling and bruising are also minimal, promoting rapid recovery. Typically, both full and mini facelifts have the same lifespan, at least five years.


At your initial evaluation, Dr. Abramson will examine your skin and take a full medical history. He will then advise the best type of procedure for your case. After considering your age, skin condition, and overall health, the doctor will estimate how long your facelift may last. Computer imaging can also give you a visual representation of your projected appearance.

A consultation is your opportunity to raise questions and concerns. Among the topics you should discuss are whether you’re a suitable candidate, surgical risks, operation length, procedure cost, and recovery time. In the meantime, here are answers to common questions.

Restored Youth

Generally, a facelift will turn back the clock by about 10 years. Peter Abramson, MD is a warm, caring, and highly skilled surgeon. He understands how the signs of aging can erode a person’s self-image and confidence. Returning a youthful look to your face will upgrade your self-esteem and improve your confidence.

We welcome prospective patients from the Atlanta metro region, including Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Decatur, Duluth, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Smyrna, Tucker, and Suwanee. Here are sample testimonies by patients who are thrilled with their makeovers.

Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery is a state-of-the-art facility, where your comfort, privacy, and safety are assured. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Abramson, please call our office at (404) 297-1789, or send us an email here.

A facelift by a gifted surgeon can brighten both your face and your life.

Note: The information in this blog is not intended to substitute for professional surgical advice.

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