Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

A Rhytidectomy, or facelift, improves loose skin and sagging muscles around the face, jowls, and neck by removing excess skin; tightening underlying muscles; and redraping the skin. While this procedure has no strict age limit, it is most often performed on persons over forty years of age. The surgery is usually performed under intravenous sedation with local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Facelift surgery can be completed in two to five hours depending if other procedures are performed in conjunction with the rhytidectomy.

The side effects from a facelift include temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, and tenderness of the skin. These symptoms usually resolve in a few weeks. You may return to work in ten to fourteen days with no strenuous activity for two weeks or more. Sun exposure should be limited for several months. The duration of results is generally five to ten years.

Facelift risks involved are bleeding, infection, poor healing, and excessive scarring. There can be asymmetry or change in hairline. In addition, there may be injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling that may be permanent.

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