Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

What is a facelift?

A facelift, also called rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps improve visible
signs of aging in the face and neck.

The Procedure

A procedure performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. 

During the procedure a deep plane facelift is done where the SMAS is lifted vertically, muscles are tightened in the face and neck, and the skin excess removed. 

The fat in the face and neck is either sculpted, removed or redistributed. After that, we re-drape the facial skin over the new contours of the face.  We stitch the wound in a discrete incision along the anterior ear crease and behind the ears. 

The procedure can take 3 to 4 hours.

What about the recovery?

Patients will experience discomfort that can be relieved with medication. Two days after the surgery, you should expect bruising & swelling to be at its worst. Sutures are removed 7 days after the surgery but it takes around 2 weeks to recover. After 4 weeks, you’re good as new! 

You are asked to wear a facial band day and night for 14 days then only when you are sleeping for an additional 30 days.

Possible Facelift complications

Like any surgery, there are possible complications: hematoma, scarring, skin loss, hair loss & nerve injury.

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