Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)
As people age the effects of gravity, sun exposure and stress can effect the face. The result is excess or baggy skin, deep creases between the nose, cheek and mouth, jowling, wrinkling or banding in the neck and excess fat deposits in the neck. A facelift is a cosmetic procedure designed to give the face a more youthful appearance. It cannot reverse the aging process, but it can significantly improve the signs of aging. Often a facelift is done in combination with other procedures to give a more youthful appearance such as blepharoplasty and forehead lifts.

Who are good candidates for a facelift?
The ideal candidate for a face lift is a man or woman in good health whose face and neck has begun to sag, but with relatively good skin tone. The patient with jowling and banding or fatty deposits in the neck is also a good candidate.

What are the risks of surgery?
When performed by trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons the risk of complications is very low. Complications include bleeding (hematoma), infection, possible injury to the facial nerve branches and infection.

What type of surgery is performed?
The incisions used are usually in the hairline curving down in a natural skin crease in front of the ear around the earlobe and back into the hair line behind the ear. The skin is often separated from the underlying muscle and connective tissue layer and both layers are tightened. Liposuction is often used at the time of surgery to remove excess fat from certain areas. The incisions, type of facelift and liposuction needed will depend on the individual facial characteristics. Frequently a small plastic drain tube is used under the skin to prevent any blood or fluid collections.

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Before and After Pictures

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