Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Surgical facelift is a procedure involving the removal of excess skin, tightening of tissues and muscles, and redraping of the skin on the face and/or neck to correct facial sagging normally found on the lower and middle areas of the face. It is usually performed on individuals aged 40 and above, to help them regain a firmer and more youthful look on their face and neck.

Besides facial sagging, facelift also treats deep lines and creases found on different areas of the face, including the forehead, and the areas surrounding the nose and mouth. These are commonly known as frown lines, laugh lines, marionette lines, and the like. Meanwhile, double chins forming through the accumulation of excess fat coupled with loosening of the skin can also be removed with this treatment.

All these physical effects of aging on the face, aggravated by one’s lifestyle and other environmental factors, can generally be corrected with a single facelift session, although further visits may be required depending on the severity of the problem.

One important thing to remember about a facelift is that it is performed not to change one’s face but merely to rejuvenate and revitalize the same. As such, the physician performing the same must have the relevant skill and training to achieve optimal yet natural-looking results, taking into consideration the unique facial characteristics of each patient.

When done correctly, a facelift can subtract a good number of years from one’s physical appearance, and can prove to be a huge morale booster.

What patients need to know about Facelift

Procedure Sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin are tightened by removing excess fat, pulling the muscles and re-draping the skin.
Length Several hours
Anesthesia Local with sedation, or general
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient, though some patients may require short inpatient stay
Side Effects - Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of the skin
- Feeling of tightness of the skin
- Dry skin
- For men, permanent need to shave behind the ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned
Risks - Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles responsible for showing emotions on the face (usually temporary but may be permanent);
- Infection
- Bleeding
- Poor healing
- Excessive scarring
- Asymmetry or change in hairline
Recovery Patients can get back to work in 10 to 14 days, but cannot resume more strenuous activities until after 2 weeks or more. They must also limit sun exposure for several months. Bruising may last up for to 2 to 3 weeks.
Duration of Results Results usually last for 5 to 10 years.

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