Do I Need a Revision Facelift?


Every once in a while, a patient comes out of a facelift procedure with unsatisfying results. The dissatisfaction may come from a surgical complication, or a simply unappealing aesthetic outcome. A facelift-gone-wrong can turn into a nightmare, especially when someone’s health is compromised. Fortunately, there’s a way to resolve this problem. Highly-skilled and well-experienced surgeons like Dr. Slupchynskyj offer a Revision Facelift Surgery to give patients a second chance at rejuvenation. If you are unsatisfied with your former facelift surgery, let Dr. Slupchynskyj assess your case to determine if you need a revision facelift. In this post, we will discuss the certain characteristics of failed facelifts to help you decide if you need a re-do.

Signs of a Faulty Facelift

These are common symptoms of a faulty facelift, and they can also be repaired with a revision facelift surgery:

Overly Stretched Skin

The most noticeable and the most common sign of a failed facelift is an excessively stretched skin. When the skin is pulled back too tightly, it results in an unnatural appearance. Rather than making the face look younger, it just looks odd. If you think your skin is excessively stretched after a facelift, consult with Dr. Slupchynskyj for an assessment.

Excessively High Brow Line

There are cases when the brow line appears to be too high after a facelift surgery. This could lead to an impression of looking constantly surprised.

Adjusted Hair line

If the hairline recedes too far backwards, it’s an obvious sign of a failed facelift. This issue may result from an incision made too far from the original hairline. Usually, it is due to incisions that are mistakenly made on the back portion of the scalp.

Deformed Eyelids

A faulty facelift procedure can affect the placement of the eyelids. In an aggressive attempt to make the patient look rejuvenated, the skin around the eyes, either upper or lower eyelid, can be overly pulled. This circumstance may alter the appearance of the eyes, which usually results in an unnatural almond shape. Blinking may also be affected by this type of faulty facelift that could lead to further eye problems such as abnormal tearing and dehydrated eyes.

Twirled ears

When the ears are twirled, that means there is an excessive tension on the skin around the ears. The ears must look normal after a flawless facelift.

Damaged facial nerves

Some facial nerves are effected during surgery but grow back and this is normal. It is not uncommon to experience numbness around the incision areas a few weeks after surgery however if it continues for months, then this is a sign that facial nerves may have been damaged. The inability to make facial expressions or abnormal facial movements can also be signs of damaged facial nerves and a faulty facelift.

When to Know If You Need Immediate Revision

To be able to finalize if you need a Revision Facelift Surgery, you must wait until you have fully recovered. Typically, it takes about a few months before the bruises, swelling, and redness of the face completely heals. However, there are situations that need immediate professional attention. Prompt revision facelift surgery is usually required when your health is at risk.  The following signs may mean you need to reach out to a certified surgeon for a revision as soon as possible:

  • Redness and excessive discharge from the incision sites
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive bruising
  • Difficult to breathe
  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • Excessive bleeding

Schedule a Consultation

If you are dissatisfied from your last facelift surgery, let Dr. Slupchynskyj evaluate your situation to confirm if you need a revision facelift surgery. Learn more about the procedure by scheduling a consultation. Call us now.