A face lift, rhytidectomy, creates a youthful appearance by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, and re-draping the skin. A facelift can be performed with other procedures such as Neck Lift, Forehead Lift, or Eyelid Surgery to create a younger look.

Procedure: Face lift incisions are typically made in the hair near the temple continuing in front of the ear, around the ear lobe into the crease behind the ear and into the lower scalp. Excess fat and skin is removed and the muscles are tightened. If the neck needs lifting, an incision is made under the chin and fat and skin are removed while the muscles are tightened. Face lifts usually require 3 hours to perform. Depending on the intensity of the procedure local or general anesthesia can be used. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure, but some cases may require hospitalization.

Post-op: Patients usually return home the same day as surgery. You will have bandages on the first night and they will be removed along with drains placed behind the ears, usually within 48 hours. Tightness in the neck and under the chin may last for several weeks following the surgery. All stitches will be removed within 7-10 days. Swelling will occur and may take up to 4 weeks to subside. Complications are rare but the most common is a blood clot under the skin. Other complications include infection, eye irritation, delayed healing or excessive scarring. Numbness can occur and will subside over several months, but it is possible to be permanent. Facial nerve damage is possible. Scars will fade with time and are usually not noticeable. Facelift surgery is not a permanent solution because it cannot stop the aging process, but "touch-up" procedure can be performed. Most patients do well maintaining a healthy look by using a daily skin care routine.

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Face Lift
Lower Face Lift

Mid Face Lift