A facelift, also called rhytidectomy, smooths the loose skin on your face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat. As a result, your face will appear firmer and fresher and can help you look as good as you feel, and possibly feel younger than you are. Indications for a facelift include sagging facial skin and jowls and loose neck skin. Patients are men and women over the age of 40 years.
After a facelift, the patient generally can resume work in 10 to 14 days and more strenuous activities within two to six weeks. Sun exposure should be limited for several months, and the patient should always use sunscreen.
A facelift may be done in conjunction with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), chin augmentation, forehead or brow-lift and skin rejuvenation procedures such as dermabrasion, laser peel or chemical peel.
A facelift / “mini” facelift / short-scar facelift is surgery to remove excess skin from the neck and lower jaw line and jowl to give the lower two-thirds of the face a more youthful and rested appearance. A facelift treats loose, sagging skin. Facelift incisions are well hidden behind the ears in the hair and sometimes under the chin.
Facelifts are most commonly performed on people age 40 to 80, but can be performed on younger or older patients depending on their needs. The results of a facelift can range from subtle to dramatic, depending upon aging changes that were present prior to surgery.
A person may be a candidate for a facelift if any of the following conditions are present:
- A deep crease or fold running from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth.
- An undefined jawline with excess skin or loose jowls.
- Loose skin and excess fatty tissue at the neck.
A facelift can help you feel better about how you look. How long the effects of the procedure last is influenced by such factors as exposure to sun and tobacco products, as well as your genetic makeup.