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Facelift    (Rhytidectomy)

What is facelift surgery?

If you are bothered by signs of aging in your face, facelift surgery may be right for you. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the midface

  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids

  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth

  • Fat that has fallen or is displaced

  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowls

  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin.

Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.

Facelift surgery candidates

A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.

Facelift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires to to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Facelift surgery is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy

  • You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance.

​My facelift recovery

When your procedure is completed, a bandage could gently be placed around your face to minimize post facelift swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.

You will be given specific instructions that may include:

how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?

  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?

  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?

  • When will they be removed?

  • Are stitches removed?

  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

  • When do I return for follow-up care?

Facelift procedure steps

What happens during facelift surgery?

 

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during a facelift procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.A variety of other procedures can further enhance the outcome of a facelift. They include:

  • Facial implants

  • Soft tissue augmentation to recontour the facial structure

  • Resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin

  • Wrinkle reduction by injection

 

Step 2 – The incision

Depending  on  the  degree  of  change you’d like to see, your  rhytidectomy  surgery choices include a traditional facelift, limited  incision  facelift or a neck lift.A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues  around  the  ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the  face, jowls  and neck. Underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted.Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.Traditional FaceliftAn alternative to a traditional facelift uses shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear and possibly within the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.Limited Incision Sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift. The neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear ending in the lower scalp.Neck Lift

 

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Once healed, the incision lines from a facelift are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.

 

Step 4 – See the results

The visible improvements of a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside. Your final result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.