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Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Also known as rhytidectomy, it’s a surgery designed to improve and revert the signs of facial aging. With age, the facial tissues lose their strength and natural position, observing a lack of definition of the neck, cheeks and mandibular border.

Incisions are made in a way that it is possible to approach the deep facial structures. These structures are responsible for most of the aging signs in the face; internal sutures are placed to restore the natural position of tissues. Next, the excess skin is removed and the final scars are hidden in skin creases. Improvement in appearance is immediate.

Average duration of surgery is 3 hours; additional procedures can be done at the same time to improve other aspects (botullinum toxin, fillers, peelings, etc). The procedure is done under sedation and local anesthesia; recovery time is around 10 days.

Surgical Options

Over the years, the facelift procedure has evolved from a simple skin lift to the more complex deeper plane lift. There are many types of facelifts. You should ask your doctor about facelift variations, which include the deep plane lift, the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) facelift, the endoscopic facelift, and the short scar facelift.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.

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