Rhytidectomy – Smooth & Firm Facial Skin
Learn More About Face Lift Surgery
A facelift (Rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure designed to smooth and firm the skin, providing a fresh, youthful appearance. Surgery for a facelift involves the lifting and tightening the facial and neck skin, and in some instances the removal of excess fat deposits.
Throughout one’s life, the sun’s radiation, stress, gravity, and other factors cause the skin to sag and fit more loosely. Areas of the face and neck, in particular around the jaw line, are especially prone to the aging process. Though these changes are gradual, wrinkles and other signs of aging can make individuals “feel older” than they really are.
A facelift is often performed in combination with other facial cosmetic procedures and can be performed any time signs of aging begin to appear. However, patients are generally in their forties or older when they elect to undergo this procedure.
Important Issues & Side Effects
As with all surgical procedures, there are certain considerations to be observed. Side effects and complications are always a possibility and any patient should be prepared and informed. Some side effects are universal for all surgeries, while others are unique to the facelift procedure.
Most notably, patients report feeling of tightness following their surgery. Often, the surgeon will prescribe medication to relieve the discomfort. Other side effects can include numbness or swelling of the skin, particularly around the incision sites, as well as bruising, though these, if experienced, tend to subside after a few days, though the bruising may take somewhat longer to fade completely. Some scarring can also be expected, though the surgeon will generally take care to place incisions as discretely as possible. Immediately following the procedure, and for several months thereafter, scars may remain pinkish in color before fading to a less noticeable white color.
Reasons for Considering a Facelift:
- Sagging skin, and loss of fat giving an aged look in the face and neck.
- Excess skin and fat on the neck.
- Sagging jaw line.
- Crease lines along the nose, mouth, and chin.
Candidates For Rhytidectomy
Those who may not be suitable candidates for the procedure include:
- Individuals who smoke
- Individuals suffering from medical conditions, such as heart disease, bleeding disorders, or other maladies which may hinder the healing process.
Types of Facelifts
The Deep Plane Lift
Techniques & Procedures
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Recovery & Procedure
The standard procedure for a facelift commonly involves making small incisions just inside the hairline, following the contour in front of the ear, and continuing under the earlobe to the backside of the ear and to the lower scalp. The skin is stretched and tightened, and any excess skin is removed. If the neck line requires attention, an additional incision is made under the chin and the same procedure is again followed. Absorbable fine stitches are used to close the incisions and to reduce any chance of scarring.
A facelift may take 3-4 hours or longer depending on whether other cosmetic procedures are completed at the same time.
Sometimes other procedures may be performed in separate appointments. There are several different facelift techniques that can be employed. Patients can discuss with their physician which method is best for them when they come in for their consultation.