Facelift (rhytidectomy)

What do I need to know about a facelift?

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: March 28, 2011

Facelift (rhytidectomy)

If you are unhappy with the symptoms of facial aging, face lift surgery (rhytidectomy) can be the solution to regaining confidence with the way you look. Every year, cosmetic surgeons perform thousands of facelifts on men and women wanting to shed years of their appearance. Facelift surgery is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery today.

Good Candidate for Facelift

Most healthy men and women wanting to improve their saggy and wrinkly skin are eligible for face lift surgery. Not everyone, however, are good candidates. Your doctor will inform you on your options during your initial consultation.

Preparing for facelift (rhytidectomy)

During your initial consultation, your doctor will examine your skin, hairline, and bone structure before providing you with specific instructions on eating, drinking, and consuming medicines prior to surgery.

Facelift Recovery

Facelift recovery (rhytidectomy) can take longer than other cosmetic procedures. Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions closely in order to ensure a successful facelift recovery. It can take several weeks for your face to heal properly from surgery. 

Types of Facelift

The procedure for a facelift (rhytidectomy) has evolved tremendously over the years, proving patients with a number of options regarding their surgery. Some procedures are less invasive than others. The type of facelift a patient undergoes depends largely on the extent of modification needed. Common types of facelift include the SMAS lift, a deep pane lift, a short scar facelift, and an endoscopic facelift. 

Facelift Surgery (rhytidectomy)

Rhytidectomy is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery on the face. In the most common type of facelift, surgeons make incisions around the ears and extend upwards along the scalp. The surgeon separates the surface of the skin from the unlying tissues to tighten muscles and to remove excess skin. The result is a smoother facial contours that make you look young and vibrant. 

Lower Facelift

The aim of a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) is to tighten and lift skin around the chin removing deep wrinkles around the mouth, fat from under and around the jawline and make you look as youthful as you feel. Simply by recontouring your jawline, surgeons can remove years from your appearance.

Middle Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

A middle facelift concentrates on the central part of the face, specifically the cheeks and mouth. Unlike a lower facelift which removes fat, a middle facelift repositions fat in the cheeks that has slipped and has left hollow indents in your face. This type of facelift surgery is effective at removing deep-set wrinkles around the mouth.

Facial Aging

Facelift surgery is a method of facial rejuvenation that removes and resurfaces skin in areas of the face, chin, and jaw line to shed years off one’s appearance.

Risks and Side Effects of Facelift (rhytidectomy)

Doctors have diminished the numbers of risks and side effects associated with facelift surgery (rhytidectomy). Nonetheless, there are still a number of dangers that need to be understood when considering a facelift.

Cost of Facelift (rhytidectomy)

The cost of facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) is dependent on a number of variables. The procedure alone usually costs several thousand dollars, making the aggregate cost significantly higher.

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