Face Lift / Rhytidectomy

Face lift techniques have improved significantly in the last twenty years or so. The operation is now safer and more effective in creating a natural look, while reducing recovery time. Most important, the face can be rejuvenated earlier, with a longer-lasting, natural result. You can look younger earlier and longer — safely and more simply than ever before.

Facial plastic surgery improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as these:
  • Sagging in the midface
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases between the nose and mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw

A face lift is designed to correct all of these aging features, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance with uplifted contours and improved tone in facial skin and underlying muscle.

How it's done: Typically, incisions begin within the hairline above the temple and continue along or just inside the ear, ending behind the ear. This allows access to tighten underlying tissue, remove excess fat and reduce sagging skin.

A second incision under the chin is sometimes necessary. If skin tone is good and only mid-face aging or excess fat in the neck will be corrected, abbreviated techniques with shorter incisions may be used. Liposuction techniques may assist with removal of fat deposits during some facial plastic surgery.

Results: Swelling and bruising should subside within 2-4 weeks. Final results may be apparent in 1-2 months. Incision lines will continue to refine and fade for 1 year.