There are many reasons why you may want to opt for a secondary facial rejuvenation procedure such as a facelift (or secondary rhytidectomy). As we continue to live longer and healthier lives many of us are eager to look as good as we feel.

In general, facelifts involve repositioning and tightening of the facial skin and underlying tissue and/or muscles. It is often successfully combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures.

However, a facelift as with any other procedure does not stop us from getting older. As we continue to age other issues can develop which may include sun related skin changes or gravitational changes to the skin which can have an effect on the muscle laxity.

A secondary facial rejuvenation procedure can address issues such as volume loss and deficiency in the mid face area as well as other areas. Secondary procedures can also be effective in areas where there is lost skin elasticity or contour irregularities. You may also consider a secondary procedure to address the areas that were not originally covered by the primary procedure in order to achieve a more balanced appearance. Whatever your overall goal, there are now a range of facial aesthetic enhancement procedures to choose from. The extent of any secondary procedure depends on the primary procedure as well as the effects of aging. You may require a more extensive secondary procedure or just a ’tuck’.

Before undergoing any secondary procedure your current state of health will be taken into account by your surgeon. A good surgeon will also ascertain if the procedure will result in any aesthetic disharmony. For example, a facelift does not cover all the areas of the face so it is important you are aware of what the procedure will achieve to ensure that there are not parts of the face which obviously contrast the treated area.

Fortunately both primary and secondary facelifts are relatively safe procedures and there have been no obvious increase in risks for someone younger having a facelift compared with those of an older age, as long as you are in overall good health. A concern for secondary procedures is that in older patients the skin has often lost its former elasticity, however this can be overcome by applying the right technique. Furthermore less skin elasticity can mean there are less obvious and therefore aesthetically acceptable scars.

A secondary procedure can be successfully combined with other facial cosmetic procedures which can address multiple issues; these include brow lifting, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), hair transplants and a range of other treatments to complement and help you reach your desired outcome.