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Face Lift
Medical Term: Rhytidectomy
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy (literally, surgical removal of wrinkles), is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful appearance. It usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patient's face and neck. Facelifts are helpful for eliminating loose skin folds in the neck and laxity of tissues in the cheeks.
In considering your candidacy, think about the specific reasons for wanting a facelift. A facelift corrects for the following common details:
  • Sagginess
  • Excess facial fat and facial fat displacements
  • Creases along the nose and mouth (often referred to as “laughlines”)
  • Loose skin under the chin and jaw.

Most often done on men and women over 40.

  • Anesthesia: It can be performed under General Anesthesia or Deep twilight sleep.
  • Duration of procedure: It takes about 2-3 hours for the procedure. If other procedures are done concomitantly then the duration will be longer.
  • Incision: It is made in front of the ear extending up into the hairline. The incision curves around the bottom of the ear and then behind it, usually ending near the hairline on the back of the neck.
Inpatient/Outpatient procedure:
  • It is an inpatient procedure. Short hospital stay of 1 – 2 days may be required.
  • For some patients it can also be done as an outpatient procedure that is the patient can go home the same day.

  • Back to work: 10 to 14 days.
  • More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more .
  • Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Must limit exposure to sun for several months.
Duration of results:
Usually 5 to 10 years
Procedures commonly done concomitantly with facelift are:
  • Baggy eyelid correction
  • Double chin correction (Liposuction for the chin)
  • Liposuction for the arms.
  • Nose Reshaping.
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