Body & Face

A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin from the neck, jawline and cheek as well as tighten the facial muscle in these area. providing a more youthful appearance.  Skin ages from sun’s radiation, stress, gravity, smoking which cause skin to sag amd create jowls and fullness.  Areas of the face and neck, in particular around the jaw line, are especially prone to the aging process.  Though these changes are gradual, wrinkles and other signs of aging can make individuals “feel older” than they really are.

Surgery for a facelift involves excision of excess facial and neck skin, as well as removal of excess fat under the chin and along the jawline.  Muscle  (SMAS and platysmal) are also tightened and repositioned.  A facelift is often performed with the patient comfortable asleep and local anesthesia is used as combination with other facial cosmetic procedures and can be performed any time signs of aging begin to appear.  Some  patients opt to do this at a younger age (40's, 50's) so it contributes to aging well.

Reasons for Considering a Facelift:

  • Loose skin in the face and neck
  • Excess  fat on the neck or jowls

General Procedure

The standard procedure for a facelift commonly involves making incisions around the front and back of the ear and elevating the skin and fat as well as tightening the muscle, then removing excess skin.  Neck fat and jowls are treated with "micro" liposuction to improve the profile and make the neck and face appear younger.  This usually takes about 4 hours.  There are many techniques for facelift and we will tailor the best procedure to your needs.

Recovery Process

You will awake with a soft padded wrap over the neck and jawline and head.  This is not meant to be tight, just supportive and protective.  We usually have you come in within 1-2 days to change the dressing and check the incisions.  I recommend two weeks of resting quietly at home to allow swelling to subside.  Excessive bruising is rare but possible.  A combination of dissolvable and removable sutures are used. Any discomfort can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given after the procedure.