Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery

What is Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery?

A facelift is one of many procedures that can improve one’s appearance, and a procedure we’re proud to offer in our California and Nevada offices. The technical term for the procedure is rhytidectomy and involves a surgeon removing excess skin and other tissue found on the neck, firming the tissue beneath the skin and sculpting the skin to the patient’s face for a fresher, more youthful appearance.

Facelifts can be done alongside rhinoplasty, a forehead lift, or surgery on the eyelids. The plastic surgeon might also use liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck. Facelifts are the sixth most popular type of cosmetic surgery performed in the United States.

What Does the Facelift Procedure Accomplish?

Facelifts, depending on how extensive they are, can be performed with sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia. During the operation, the surgeon makes incisions at the temples, behind the ears and down to the lower part of the scalp. They’ll do this past the hairline so the incision won’t show. After the procedure the surgical wound is closed with stitches or clips.

The patient can expect to heal without complications after the surgery. After the surgery the doctor will place a tube under the skin behind the patient’s ear for drainage. The tube should be able to be removed in about a day or two. The patient’s head will also be bandaged to keep down swelling and bruising. Bandages will be removed within a week, as will most of the stitches and clips. The physician might also prescribe painkillers for any discomfort the patient has. The patient should expect bruising, discoloration and puffiness around their face after the operation. Any numbness or swelling should fade after about a month or a month and a half.

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