What Is Facial Rejuvenation Cosmetic Surgery?

Rhytidectomy, the medical term for a facelift, is a cosmetic procedure used to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the neck and face. It can be used to reverse common signs of aging, including

  • sagging and decreased skin tone affecting the mid and lower face, and
  • the appearance of deep creases between the nose and mouth.

The procedure can also be used to reposition or restore fat to create a more youthful facial contour or to eliminate a double chin by removing excess fat and skin under the chin.

Patients often choose to combine a facelift with other cosmetic procedures, including eyelid surgery or brow lifts.

What Are the Limits of a Facelift?

Like any cosmetic procedure, a facelift is restorative. It will not alter a person’s underlying appearance or halt the natural aging process. Surgery does provide more dramatic and longer-lasting results than fillers and other non-surgical skin rejuvenation techniques although less invasive procedures can delay, complement, or reduce the amount of surgery that is necessary.

What to Expect During a Facelift

The surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. An incision is then made to allow the doctor to sculpt, redistribute, and reposition the underlying tissue and subcutaneous fat. Once the desired facial contour is achieved, the excess skin is trimmed away, and the incision is closed with sutures. Once the initial bruising and swelling subside, the result is a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Types of Facelift Incisions

Traditionally, the incision is made at the temples just under the hairline and extends around the ear to the lower scalp. If the primary area to be treated is the neck and lower jaw, an incision may be made that wraps around the earlobe to the lower scalp. Facelift scars are well concealed by the contours of the ear, face, and hairline


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