Rhytidectomy/Face lift surgery PDF Print E-mail


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Purpose: To improve visible signs of aging on the face and neck. It can improve the most visible signs of aging by tightening deeper structures, re-draping the skin of the face and neck, and removing selected areas of fat. A facelift can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a brow lift, liposuction, eyelid surgery, or nasal surgery.


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Anesthetic: General
Duration of Procedure: Up to 6 hours
Hospital stay: 1 day
Stitch removal: 5 – 14 days after surgery

Facelift surgery is individualized for each patient. The best candidates for facelift surgery have a face and neck line that has begun to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bony structure is well defined. 


There are many different kinds of facelift, but generally, the surgeon frees the skin by making an incision in the hairline from the temple, round and behind the ear and into the hairline. He or she then pulls the skin up and backwards into its new position and removes any excess fat. At the end of the operation, the surgeon closes up the incisions with stitches and applies a dressing to protect the area where the cuts were made. Usually, a drainage tube is left in both sides to drained secretions and blood. The face is bandaged for the first 24 hours.


Your face may look swollen, with red or pale and bleeding spots. You must remember that those will disappear after few days or weeks. It is important to minimize irritation to the sutures and the surgeon will advise you to use a baby shampoo daily and avoid styling products. You should avoid facials for 6 weeks and use a high factor sun block.

Result: Most people find that they look about ten years younger after a facelift. The scars of the operation will be permanent although they are generally hidden, usually by your hair.

The Risks of Rhytidectomy (Facelift) Surgery: As with any surgery, there are risks to consider.  Facelift plastic surgery involves a very essential part of your body.  Although the majority of patients do not experience the following complications, you should understand all possible consequences of facelift plastic surgery:

* Hair loss, scarring, and rough skin.

* Nerve damage which can cause paralysis of part or all of the movement of the facial muscles, or numbness of the face, both of which may be temporary, or rarely permanent.

* The results of the surgery may be uneven. Eyes can look asymmetrical, or features do not seem to be lined up symmetrically.

* Infections after the surgery are rare.


You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 )