The skin on and around the face and neck is extremely exposed and susceptible to the signs of aging. Wrinkles and sagging skin of the forehead, brows, eyes and neck can result in a sad and tired appearance.
A rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, is a broad approach to fixing the signs of aging, sun damage or thinning skin. A full rhytidectomy is performed when individual procedures like a brow lift or neck lift will not result in the patient’s desired appearance. During a face lift, excess skin is removed underlying tissue and muscles are tightened.
While the methods used during a face lift vary depending on the amount of excess skin and desired result, incisions are usually made along the hairline and under the chin, so scarring will be hidden and fade with time. During your consult, your surgeon will provide the best face lift options that will allow you to realistically achieve your desired appearance.
Although recovery time varies among individuals, patients can expect a full recovery within 2-4 weeks after surgery.
When to consider a face lift:
• Face lacks youthful appearance
• Excess skin or sagging of facial skin is bothersome
• Age and sun exposure have caused excessive wrinkles
Other cosmetic procedures that may be performed with a face lift include:
• Neck lift
• Upper and/or lower blepharoplasty
• Performed under general anesthesia
• Outpatient procedure