Facelift FAQ

Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure that smoothes loose skin on the face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and muscles, and removes excess fat.

A facelift can help to minimize visible signs of aging and enhance self-confidence by making the patient look younger and fresher.

There is uncertainty and risk involved with any surgery. Although significant complications from facelifts are rare , risks may include nerve damage, infection, bleeding, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Smokers stand an increased risk for poor healing.

The best candidate for a facelift is a person whose facial skin has started to sag but whose skin retains some elasticity . Additionally, a good candidate will have a strong, well-defined bone structure . It is important for patients to have a realistic expectation of their surgery and to understand the risks and benefits of a facelift.

The results will vary from person-to-person. However, most people can expect their results to last between five and ten years .

Techniques for facelifts vary depending on the surgeon. Generally, the surgeon begins by separating the skin from the underlying layers of muscle and fat. After removing excess fat, the surgeon usually proceeds to tighten the facial muscles and membranes. Then the surgeon pulls the skin back and cuts away the extra skin.

Not necessarily. Facelift are typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Sometimes, however, a surgeon may choose to use general anesthesia.

This will depend on the individual. Most people are able to return to work between 10 and 14 days after their surgery even though swelling and bruising may take up to three weeks to disappear. Doctors advise against returning to any strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Sun exposure should also be limited.

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