A face lift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that corrects sagging, loose skin, deep creases, and loss of youthful contours due to aging in the face and neck. A face lift can be done in combination with a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Non-surgical treatments cannot achieve the same results as a face lift, but may help delay the need for surgery. A good candidate for a face lift is healthy, a non-smoker, and wants to correct visible signs of aging in the face.
Your cosmetic surgeon will create a personalized treatment plan to reach your goals. Some patients may require a full face lift to achieve their desired results while others may only need a mid face lift, lower face lift, or neck lift.
A full face lift incision typically begins in the hairline at the temples and continues around the ear ending at the bottom of the scalp. The cosmetic surgeon may sculpt or redistribute fat, re-position underlying tissue, and lift muscles. The skin is then re-draped over the new contours and excess skin is trimmed away before suturing the incisions. Sometimes a second incision is made under the chin to improve the contours of the neck. For a mid face lift, a limited incision is made around the ear.
Results will become apparent after the initial swelling and bruising has subsided. Once healed, the incision lines will be concealed by the hairline and the contours of the face and ear. Your final results will achieve a more youthful and rested appearance and should increase your self confidence. Results are permanent but cannot prevent the natural aging process. A healthy lifestyle and lifelong sun protection will help extend your results.