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Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

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Technical name: Rhytidectomy
Body Parts: Wrinkles of the face and neck
Recommended Age: 45 years of age and up
Anesthesia: Local (in most cases)
Surgery time: On average, 2-3 hours
Clinic stay: From 8-24 hours
Scar: Discrete, partially hidden under hair line
Pre-operative: Lab exams and photographic archive
Post-operative: Bandage protecting the scar for 24hrs
Recuperation period: 8-14 days. Avoid sun-tanning for the first couple of months
Results Duration: From 4-10 years

What is Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)?

As we age, the effects of gravity, the exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in our faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jaw line tends to sag and fat deposits appear around the neck.

Also, the tissues in our face including skin, fat, and muscles tend to thin out as the natural course of aging takes its toll. The face lift or Rhytidectomy does not stop the aging process.

The face lift or Rhytidectomy can give you a more youthful appearance to a variable degree, improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. There are constant advances in face lift surgery or Rhytidectomy techniques that help, to a large extent, improve the results that may be obtained.

Who is the best candidate for Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)?

The best candidate for a face lift surgery or Rhytidectomy surgery is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties; however face lifts or Rhytidectomy surgeries can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.

A face lift or Rhytidectomy can make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your appearance. If you feel young, the face lift surgery or Rhytidectomy surgery can help make you look as good as you feel.

Anesthesia

A face lift or Rhytidectomy is usually performed under general anesthesia; therefore you will sleep through the procedure.

Intended Results of a Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

The full facelift improves the deep structures works the cheeks, sagging face and neck. Furthermore we can add a liposuction of the chin and some surgical peels for fine wrinkles on the lips, chin and eye region.

Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) Procedure Description

A face lift or Rhytidectomy usually takes several hours. The exact placement of the incisions depends mainly on your facial structure and the areas to be worked on. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp.

If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin. When combined with a Brow Lift, a coronal incision will be used. This last incision follows a headphone-like pattern, starting at about the ear level and running across the top of the forehead and down the other side of the head and is usually made well behind the hairline so that the scar won't be visible.

In general, the skin is separated from the fat and muscle below during the face lift or Rhytidectomy. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The underlying muscle and membrane is then tightened and the skin is pulled back with the excess removed. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions; metal clips may be used on the scalp.

Following the face lift or Rhytidectomy, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. A bandage wrap is generally used to minimize bruising and swelling after the face lift or Rhytidectomy.

Recovery and Healing after the Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

In the days following surgery, when your face is bruised and swollen, it's easy to forget that you will be looking better. Rest assured that this stage will pass. Day by day, your face will begin to look better and your confidence will improve.

The results are not immediately apparent, but once the swelling and bruises are gone, a more youthful appearance is generally the case. The scars from face lift or Rhytidectomy are usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they will fade within time and should be scarcely visible.

The face lift or Rhytidectomy doesn't stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with time, and you may want to repeat the face lift or Rhytidectomy one or more times, perhaps five or more years later.

In another sense, the effects of even one face lift or Rhytidectomy are lasting; advances in face lift or Rhytidectomy techniques help make the results last longer. Years later, it is possible that you'll continue to look younger than your real age.

Complimentary Procedures

A face lift or Rhytidectomy can be done alone, or along with other procedures such as brow Lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping.

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