Facelift Surgery, 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.
Facelift Surgery 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.
Facelift Surgery 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.
The Facelift Surgery procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes between two to four hours to complete. Facelift Surgery 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.
Facelift Surgery FAQ
What might a facelift do for me?
This procedure improves the most visible signs of aging in the face by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles and redrawing the skin of your face and neck. Those patients with deep creases between the nose and mouth, jowls (loose skin on both sides of the chin) loose skin and/or excess fat in the neck might benefit from this procedure.
How long do the results last after a facelift?
This procedure will turn back the clock so you will always look better than if you had not had the procedure. Most patients only have one lift, however some patients do elect a second procedure usually at 10-15 years.
How long is facelift surgery?
The surgery takes about 3-1/2 hours.
What will my facelift recovery be like?
You will experience mild discomfort for several days following surgery. You will have a loose dressing and drains for one day following surgery.
Will I have restrictions after my facelift procedure?
You should avoid activities that cause bending or straining for 5 days. You should avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks (walking and mild stretching are acceptable You will need to limit your sun exposure for 2 months (sun block and hats are mandatory).
When will I be back to work?
You will be able to return to work in 7 – 10 days. Many patients prefer to use camouflage makeup to hide the bruising.
Where is the surgery performed?
What type of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia (asleep) is the choice of most patients although local with IV sedation by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist may also be selected.
Where will the scars be?
The scars will be in front of and behind the ears. If the neck needs work, a small scar may be found under the chin. Scars will otherwise be hidden in the hair.
What are the risks?
Complications are infrequent and usually minor. The risks include infection, bleeding and scarring, as with all surgical procedures.
The patient must be nicotine free for 6 weeks prior to surgery and remain nicotine free for 6 weeks post surgery.
American Society of Plastic Surgery’s Facelift web page.