Facelift or Rhytidoplasty

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A facelift will not stop aging but will allow you to travel back to your youth. Over the past two years facelifts has become one of the most common procedures. The face, more than any other part of the body, shows the signs of aging. Considering how our faces are exposed to the elements, this is completely natural. Factors that directly or indirectly affect this process are many; genetics, sun exposure, alcohol, smoking, diet and stress to name a few. Our natural aging process helps the skin to lose its elasticity while also losing the tension of the facial muscles. Areas that this involves are the face and neck.

Incisions and technique:

Usually the incision is placed in front and behind the ear and is hidden in the natural folds. From the back of the ear, the incision goes to the scalp and is hidden by the hair. Sometimes a small incision under the chin can be used to help adjust the neck muscles. If necessary, the deep tissues of the face and neck may be repositioned. The skin is lifted and the excess is removed. It is important that the appearance is natural and not too stretched. Neck surgery may involve liposuction or liposculpture to improve contour. One of the most important aspects of facelift is the replacement of lost volume. This can be achieved by suturing the deep structures or by injecting fat, which is aspirated from another area. The normal operation time is between two and four hours and is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general.

Recovery Time

Patients usually return to work in ten to fourteen days. More strenuous activity should be done after two or three weeks. It is normal to have some bruising for up to two to three weeks. There is limited sun exposure for two months.

Duration of Results

Usually five to ten years.


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Local anesthesia with sedation is preferred, general anesthesia can also be used.

Operating Time

1 to 1 and half hours


Usually 24 hours.


There may be temporary pain and tenderness, swelling, a change in nipple sensation and possibly bruising for two to three weeks.


Complications of facelifts are not frequent. Hematoma (the accumulation of blood under the skin), infection, bleeding and reactions to anesthesia. Some incisions may be more visible due to variations in skin type and should be reviewed. Damage to facial nerves causing increased or decreased sensitivity is usually temporary and rarely permanent. Another possibility is asymmetry and change in the hairline.