A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a procedure to rejuvenate the lower face and neck. Although the procedure is often referred to as a “facelift” it creates the most change in the neck and lower face. For this reason, this procedure is also referred to as a neck lift. As we age, the tissues of the face become less elastic. This can result in jowling and excess skin under the chin and on the neck. A facelift helps tighten the tissues of the lower face and neck and removes excess skin. The result is smoother, tighter skin and a more youthful appearance.
A facelift can be combined with a brow lift and blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the upper face or any other facial rejuvenation procedures. Many patients opt to have fat grafting and skin resurfacing done at the same time as a facelift. This restores lost volume with fat, tightens the skin with the lift, and resurfaces all fine lines.
A facelift can be combined with a browlift and blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the upper face, or any other facial rejuvenation procedures. Many patients opt to have fat grafting and skin resurfacing done at the same time as a facelift. This restores lost volume with fat, tightens the skin with the lift, and resurfaces all fine lines.
In facelift surgery, an incision is made in front of the ear. This loops around behind the ear and hides in the hair. This scar generally lies in a skin crease and is very well hidden. Patients should expect bruising and swelling for about 7-10 days after surgery. Swelling in the face will continue to fade for several months after surgery. Patients should plan for two weeks downtime. The third week after surgery patients may begin to resume daily activities again, but should be prepared to be less energetic. Patients should not perform strenuous exercise for 3-4 weeks after surgery.
A facelift is a great procedure for patients who have signs aging in the lower face and neck and what they see in the mirror doesn’t match how they feel inside. A facelift can take years off one’s appearance and give a fresh, rejuvenated appearance.