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Revision Facelift Surgery in Westlake Village

If you’ve had a facelift in the past but are now considering a revision procedure, Dr. Tansavatdi is the ideal surgeon for you. As a renowned facial plastic surgeon in the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area, she has a deep and vast knowledge of the structure and anatomy of the human face. Her experience with facelift procedures also helps her understand how to correct or revise facelifts from years past.

What is a revision facelift?

A revision facelift, also called a secondary facelift, is a facelift performed on a patient who has previously undergone the surgery and wants to improve their appearance. In the hands of a skilled and artistic facial surgeon like Dr. Tansavatdi, a revision facelift will have beautiful and natural looking results.

Why get a revision facelift?

There are several reasons why an individual may decide to undergo a revision facelift. The most common reason is that the facelift is “old”—meaning, the facelift was performed at least a decade ago. Even the most beautiful facelift doesn’t last forever, because people continue to age. However, some people want a revision facelift simply because they aren’t pleased with their facelift. This could have even been done recently. Perhaps the procedure didn’t address their concerns; they may be unhappy with scarring; a “windswept” unnatural look to the face; unpleasant changes to the ears, mouth, or hairline; asymmetry, and other issues.

Candidates for a revision facelift

If you’re in the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area and are considering a revision facelift procedure, you may be a perfect candidate. Good candidates are those who have undergone a facelift that was completed at least one year ago, and should be in good health.

They must have realistic expectations about what a revision facelift can accomplish, and they may have the following:

  • Scars from poorly placed incisions
  • Asymmetry of the face
  • Puckering, dimpling, or creasing due to a facelift
  • A facelift performed over 10 years ago with recurring signs of aging
  • A facelift performed using old surgical techniques
  • A facelift that did not address your aesthetic concerns
  • A facelift that over-tightened the skin
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What is a revision facelift procedure like?

A revision facelift procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 3 to 5 hours, although this varies from patient to patient, depending on the level of treatment they are receiving and if they are having other procedures done at the same time. Dr. Tansavatdi will use the same incision site from the previous facelift if it’s hidden well, or she will revise the incisions into a better location if they are unattractive from before. 

Since there is usually scarring that is present, more meticulous work may be needed to avoid any nerve injury and to reposition tissues to provide a natural, aesthetically pleasant outcome. Dr. Tansavatdi often uses a deep plane technique for revision procedures, since the technique reduces tension on the skin and allows for good correction of skin irregularities. After the revision facelift surgery, a bandage and dressings will be placed to help with swelling and healing.

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Preparing for a revision facelift

Before your revision facelift, avoid blood thinning medications and supplements starting two weeks before surgery. Dr. Tansavatdi will place you on vitamins that are known to decrease bruising and swelling, and you will start this three days before surgery. Dr. Tansavatdi will also request that you do not eat or drink anything at least 12 hours beforehand. In addition, avoid smoking or using nicotine products, as this may result in additional scarring after surgery. Dr. Tansavatdi may prescribe a topical retinoid product for you to use before surgery to help speed your recovery. Often times, starting hyperbaric oxygen treatments before surgery can aid in the healing process, and Dr. Tansavatdi may prescribe this as well. 

Recovery from a revision facelift

The recovery process for a revision facelift is similar to that of a regular facelift, although compared to the first facelift, swelling with the second usually takes a bit longer to heal due to the scar tissue. Patients can expect to rest and be out of commission for about two weeks. You may experience swelling, discomfort, and soreness for several days after surgery. These side effects are common, and fade fairly quickly.

Dr. Tansavatdi may prescribe medication to help with any discomfort during the recovery process, and she will also provide you with detailed post-op instructions for things like showering, sleeping, exercising, and returning to normal activities. It’s very important that you have follow-up appointments with Dr. Tansavatdi so that she can track your progress and make sure your recovery is advancing properly.

Why choose Dr. Tansavatdi?

When it comes to any revision surgery, the doctor you select is of the utmost importance. This is because revision surgeries require a certain level of skill in order to achieve the desired outcome. A high level of expertise is needed because, due to the previous facelift, patients’ skin will be thinner from being stretched in the first procedure. There will also be scar tissue to take into consideration. 

This is why choosing a surgeon who specializes in the face and in revision surgery is crucial. Dr. Tansavatdi knows exactly how facelifts work, and how to revise and improve them. If you’re in the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area and are interested in a revision facelift, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi. Call (805) 715-4996 or contact us online

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