The face lift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure designed to give both your face and neck a more youthful appearance.
Clinically, the face is divided into upper, middle and lower thirds. The face lift is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to the lower 2/3 of the face and the neck.
The traditional face lift focuses on the cheeks, jowls, neck and temples. The actual operation relies on the removal of excess skin, the re-positioning of underlying fat pads, and the tightening of select facial muscles. The surgeon begins the incision in the area of the temple hair, just above and in front of the ear, and then continues around the lobe, circling the ear and ending in the hairline of the scalp. The skin is raised outward before the surgeon repositions and tightens the underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin.
For men, the incision follows the natural beard lines. In all cases, the incision is placed where it will fall in a natural crease of the skin for camouflage. After trimming the excess skin, the surgeon closes the incisions with fine sutures and/or metal clips, which permit surgery without shaving hair from the incision site. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the process can take from two to four hours. When the procedure is performed with a combination of mild sedatives, local anesthesia, and a mild intravenous anesthesia, the patient will experience little discomfort. Following the surgery, the surgeon applies a dressing to protect the entire area where the incisions have been made.
Recovery time: Two weeks. Sutures out in one week.