Rhytidectomy | Facelift

What is a Rhytidectomy | Facelift?

Rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, involves many areas of facial aesthetics. The surgical technique is extremely comprehensive in addressing multiple areas of the aging face. It assists in giving the face a more youthful appearance by helping in the treatment of wrinkles and sagging skin.

The goal of a facelift is to address:

  • Issues of mid-face sagging
  • Marionette lines
  • Jowls
  • Double chin.

By having a facelift, you can expect a longer lasting result for facial rejuvenation.

A facelift can be broken down into its several areas of interest depending on the individual desire. Each patient will have a different need as such the surgery will be  tailored to individual desires. The components of a facelift may include upper and/or lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), sections of the face (upper, mid or lower face), or full face and/or neck lift.

What to expect from surgery?

In a facelift, the incisions are generally placed in front of the ear, including around the ear lobe and then straight above the ear into the hairline and straight behind the ear into the hairline. You can expect some bruising for a few weeks after the procedure.

Facelift surgery is preferentially done under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure and a small drainage tube is left in place. The following day, you will come to the office and have this tube removed.

Possible complications from surgery

Complications with brachioplasty include but not limited to seroma, paresthesias (numbness) of the arm and wound formation. Although these complications are rare in comparison to other body contouring procedures, they remain a source of morbidity if they occur.