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Facelift surgery provides results that will last for many years and restores a complexion that is years younger than your appearance before the procedure. 

These results, however, are not permanent. 

 Women pulling her cheeks back and examining her extent of facial aging.
Women pulling her cheeks back and examining her extent of facial aging.

This is because no cosmetic procedure can stop the natural aging process.

The visible signs of age develop in response to tissue breakdown. 

When you are young, your tissues have high amounts of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid—naturally occurring proteins that maintain the tissues’ strength, flexibility, and hydration. 

The production of these naturally diminishes with age, and what remains can be further lessened by sun damage, harsh environments, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

What Occurred During Your Facelift?

Your facelift eliminated the signs of aging on the lower face, jawline, and neck by simultaneously tightening the skin and the underlying tissues. 

The facelift procedure corrected the tissue laxity that was present at the time of the surgery, but aging will continue and additional laxity will develop.

Although you cannot prevent this, you can instill at-home and in-office practices and treatments that will prolong the quality of your results.

At-Home Practices

Stay Out of the Sun

Prolonged exposure to sunlight is one of the most damaging things that can happen to your skin.

UV rays from direct sunlight or tanning beds create pigmentation issues (like age spots/brown spots), fine lines, and wrinkles. It also puts you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

Since sun exposure causes the tissues to break down quicker, limiting your tanning bedtime and sun exposure and protecting your skin by using a broad-spectrum SPF will help preserve the remaining collagen and elastin.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Woman applying an anti-wrinkle cream to her face and enjoying her youthful complexion.
Woman applying an anti-wrinkle cream to her face and enjoying her youthful complexion.

Your skin needs hydration just as your body does. When your skin is dry, fine lines and wrinkles will be more noticeable. 

Keeping your skin moisturized will keep your skin cells supple and extend the longevity of your facelift.

Skincare systems like Obagi®, SkinCeuticals®, Skinbetter Science®, and NIA24® offer quality ingredients that will preserve youthful skin and may reverse common skin concerns like sun damage, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation.

Do Not Smoke

Tobacco use speeds up the rate that your skin cells break down. Smoking prohibits blood flow, and less oxygen saturated hemoglobin which means that less oxygen is traveling through your body. 

This damages the skin as well as depletes collagen and elastin. 

Non-surgical Services

In addition to following a healthy lifestyle to protect your facial tissues, facelift results can be prolonged by undergoing non-surgical or minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. 

These services will address the re-emergence of aging signs and restore a youthful complexion.


Photofacials rejuvenate the complexion by stimulating collagen production. This collagen will improve skin texture and tone. 

Photofacials use intense pulses of light to penetrate the skin and improve the complexion. This non-invasive treatment will diminish fine lines and help with sun damage.

Injectable Treatments

Injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® are non-invasive treatments that can smooth wrinkles and fine lines and restore a more youthful appearance. 

While BOTOX® Cosmetic targets lines on the upper face that develop in response to muscle contractions, JUVÉDERM® addresses lines that form due to the natural aging process. 

JUVÉDERM® works by temporarily restoring volume to the face.

Find Out More

If you are interested in a facelift or wondering how you can postpone your results with non-surgical options, contact Dr. Hiatt by calling (480) 844-1410 or by filling out our online contact form

Dr. Hiatt offers facelift surgery, photofacials, and injectables in Mesa, Arizona.