The Results of a Face Lift: What to Expect

Many people consider getting a face lift when their skin starts to wrinkle and sag. As well as knowing the benefits and drawbacks of the procedure, it’s important to consider what you can get out of the face lift procedure.

The face lift can do a few things to improve the skin’s appearance, but there are some key fixes that it cannot make. In fact, Dr. Perricone has developed skin care ingredients tailored to fix the same problems that the face lift aims to correct.

This article will discuss:

What a face lift can fix

A face lift may be effective for lessening the appearance of jowls and sagging skin beneath the chin. Combined with another procedure called a supplemental lipectomy, the surgeon can help reduce the appearance of a double chin. The face lift may be most effective for patients who still have some elasticity in their skin and have strong bone structure.

The end results of a face lift usually correspond with the condition of the skin before the procedure. If your skin is in better condition before the face lift, you may have better results. Similarly, if your skin has accumulated more damage over the years, the results of the face lift will not be as drastic.

Unfortunately, many patients struggle with disappointment in the weeks after their face lifts. Since swelling generally takes several weeks to subside, often the immediate results of the face lift are not what the patient envisioned.

What it can’t fix

There’s one major thing a face lift cannot fix on its own: the texture of the skin.

This includes concerns like:

  • Acne scars
  • Smoker’s creases
  • Fine lines
  • Age spots

A face lift only stretches and tightens the skin; it doesn’t address the surface of the skin and the damage that may have occurred there.

Other potential complications

One major thing to note about face lifts is that they neither reverse nor prevent aging. Although a face lift generally improves the tightness of the skin and reduces sagging for a few years, the aging process will still affect the skin as it did before the surgery.

Additionally, if you are a smoker, you are 1500% more likely to experience complications with the surgery, especially slower recovery times and skin death around the incision site. Not only does smoking greatly increase the chance that your skin will need rejuvenation later on in life, but it also makes it much harder to undergo surgery to get a quick fix for sagging and aged skin.

In terms of side effects from surgery, you can expect to have a scar from the surgical incision.

Other potential side effects include both those common to any surgery involving anesthesia and incisions and also some that are unique to this procedure, including:

  • Abnormal facial contour
  • Attached earlobe
  • Blistering of the skin that could potentially lead to scarring

By using a qualified surgeon, the probability of having these complications decreases. However, no matter what surgeon you use, everyone can expect pain, swelling, and bruising for a period of time after the surgery.

How to get better results

Face lifts don’t reverse or stop your skin from aging naturally. In order to make long lasting effects on your skin, you need to target skin at the cell level. You can do this by incorporating skin care products that include ingredients that work to protect cells.

Good ingredients help correct the problems that face lifts mask, like fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, the ingredient DMAE can even help you achieve an “instant lift.”

In high concentrations, one application of DMAE can visibly tighten and tone the skin. Results start to show in as little as 20 minutes. With repeated applications, the results become permanent, making skin smoother, tighter, and firmer.

As an alternative to taking the gamble with a face lift, try a skin care cream that includes DMAE, like Dr. Perricone’s High Potency Amine Complex Face Lift.

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8 Comments • Please comment below


  1. I had a lower facelift 4 months ago ,and not to happy with the results..
    , i would like to try your product as a tester please, I am looking for a good cream
    ,thank you

  2. I’d love to be a tester.

  3. hi i would love to try perricone product we dont have this product in ireland

  4. Ok- I can’t believe there are so many products I can potentially try for the sagging of my neck and eyelids.
    Help. The more I read and comment about different products the more I feel hope! I just ordered the peptide cream and am thinking about getting the firming cream listed here. With minimal wrinkles but early skin sagging around my neck chin and eyes I am feeling desperate to have surgery but that sounds awful and I don’t want to take the risk!! Help I need to try this- Thank you!

  5. I am noticing a “jowly” look and a rough skin texture. I would like to be a tester…that is probably the only way I can find out what I like and what I don’t, since I could only afford ONE Dr. Perricone product. :-( Hey, maybe I’ll win the lottery or something…yeah, right.

  6. I like to be product tester to try them please. Thanks.

  7. I need help! I am 56-1/2, and feeling much older. For the past 10 yrs, I’ve ignored myself to care for my 2 young sons after my husband passed away. Now, the boys are 11 and 17, and it’s my turn to take care of MYSELF! Please, help!

  8. How do I become a Perricone tester?