What is facelift surgery?
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
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.
What facelifts won't do:
As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.
Is it right for me?
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 do not smoke
• You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
What happens during facelift surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
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
on the degree of change you’d like to see, your rhytidectomy surgery
choices include a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift or a
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.
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.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
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
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.
It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature.
sun protection will help to maintain your rejuvenated appearance by
minimizing photo-aging or sun damage. In addition, a healthy lifestyle
will also help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful