A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgery, performed by a plastic surgeon, to reduce wrinkles and sagging around the face for a more youthful look.
Considered to be the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, facelift addresses a range of visible signs of aging in the mid and lower facial areas. A facelift is often combined with a neck lift, which targets loose skin, fat and tissue on the neck. When performed by a highly trained and skilled plastic surgeon, a facelift can take 10 years off a person’s facial appearance.
The plastic surgeons in the Franciscan Health network have collectively helped hundreds of patients restore a youthful appearance with facelift plastic surgery. Continue reading below to learn more about the procedures.
Facial rejuvenation with a face lift is a highly individualized treatment. Depending on the patient’s aesthetic concerns and desired outcome, the plastic surgeon may recommend combining a facelift with neck lift or other procedures such as eyelid surgery, Botox or laser skin care. The plastic surgeon will work closely with the patient to create a treatment plan that can achieve the most comprehensive and natural-looking results.
Facelifts are performed on an outpatient basis, typically under general anesthesia. During a facelift, several incisions will be made to eliminate excess skin and access the underlying facial tissues. A traditional facelift involves making incisions in the hairline at the temples and extending down to the earlobes and around the ears. The surgeon will tighten the tissues and muscles in the middle and lower facial areas and eliminate excess, saggy skin. The remaining skin will be re-draped more tightly over the facial structures for a smoother and younger-looking appearance.
Once surgery is complete, the incisions will be closed using sutures. The surgeon will then dress the treatment area with bandages.
The initial recovery period typically lasts one week. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, soreness and discoloration in the treatment area(s). These symptoms should subside a few days after surgery. Oral pain medication can be prescribed to minimize discomfort. Patients should rest as much as possible, keeping their head elevated. Strenuous activities such as exercise should also be avoided. Patients will need to attend all follow-up appointments so the plastic surgeon can monitor their healing progress.