Facelift, also referred to as rhytidectomy, is a procedure to improve sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin. The need for this procedure occurs as we age. Our skin looses it’s natural elasticity, the muscles begin to droop and the fatty tissue in our face and neck decrease in volume. This causes the skin to fit more loosely and creates more visible lines and wrinkles.
This is an excellent procedure for a man or woman looking to restore a more youthful and fresh appearance to their face and neck while reducing the most visible signs of aging. We accomplish this by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and re-draping the skin.
Genetics also play a role in the amount and rate of aging. To counteract the degree of aging, some patients will choose face lift surgery at an earlier age. Most of our face lift patients are in their forties to sixties, but face lifts may be performed on people in their seventies or eighties as well.
A face lift may be performed alone, or in conjunction with upper and/or lower blepharoplasty, forehead lift and/or nose reshaping. Most of the scars will be hidden within your hair and in the natural creases of your skin.
This procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes between two to four hours to complete. A face lift may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.
Our patients are normally back to work within ten to fourteen days and many return to more strenuous activity within two to three weeks. We recommend that sun exposure be limited for several months following this procedure.
While we strive to minimize complications and maximize patient satisfaction, we would be remiss if we did not remind you that as with any surgery, there may be side effects and there are risks.
For more information on face lifts or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at 520/297-3300 or by e-mail.
Frequently Asked Questions – Facelift
American Society of Plastic Surgery’s Facelift web page.