A facelift is a surgical procedure design to elevate and tighten facial tissues that have sunken with age. The procedure can only be performed surgically – non-surgical rejuvenation methods cannot achieve the same results. A full facelift can include the following procedures:
Good candidates for a rhytidectomy include healthy individuals without medical issues that can impede healing; non-smokers; and people with a positive outlook and realistic expectations of results.
A facelift is a good option for any patient who is concerned about aging changes of the mid to lower face and neck. Aging signs include:
A facelift is an out-patient procedure that is generally 1-2 hours long. General anesthesia is used with IV sedation. There are three main types of facelifts.
The closing incisions are hidden within the hairline and within the natural contours of the ears and face.
Follow up is frequent to make sure that you recover optimally from your surgery. Recovery time is different for every patient, and also differs on extent of surgery. For example, a mini-lift usually requires less than 2 weeks of downtime with minimal swelling. A deeper facelift for patients with more advanced aging changes may have longer periods of swelling and bruising. The sutures are removed after 1 week.