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A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to restore a youthful appearance to the face and neck. It addresses signs of aging like:

  • Sagging skin in the cheeks and jowls
  • Deep wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth
  • Excess fat deposits in the lower face and neck

Who Can Benefit

  • Individuals with noticeable sagging skin and deep wrinkles on the face and neck
  • People bothered by a tired or aged appearance due to facial laxity
  • Those seeking a more defined jawline and overall facial rejuvenation


The specific technique can vary depending on the surgeon’s approach and your desired outcome. Here’s a general overview:

  • General anesthesia: Most facelifts are performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort.
  • Incisions: Incisions are strategically placed to minimize scarring. Common locations include:
    – In front of the earlobe and along the hairline
    – Around the temples
    – Under the chin (for addressing neck laxity)
  • Lifting and Repositioning: The surgeon separates the skin from the underlying muscles and tissues. Excess skin is removed, and the underlying facial tissues are tightened and repositioned to create a smoother, more lifted appearance.
  • Liposuction: In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat deposits in the face and neck.
  • Closure: Stitches or surgical staples are used to close the incisions meticulously.


  • Reduces sagging skin and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance
  • Improves facial definition, particularly the jawline
  • Creates a smoother and tighter appearance in the face and neck
  • Can boost self-confidence


  • Surgical procedure with potential risks like infection, bleeding, and scarring.
  • Requires significant downtime for recovery.
  • Temporary bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common.
  • Unnatural appearance if the results are too dramatic.
  • Does not address sun damage or fine lines


  • Botox injections: Can temporarily relax wrinkles and smooth the skin, but don’t address sagging or excess skin.
  • Dermal fillers: Injected substances like hyaluronic acid can plump wrinkles and add volume, but don’t provide significant lifting.
  • Non-surgical skin tightening procedures: Treatments like laser therapy or radiofrequency may offer some tightening effects, but results are usually subtle and temporary.

Recovery Time

  • Typically 2-4 weeks for initial healing, with limitations on activity and wearing compression garments.
  • Bruising and swelling may take several weeks to subside completely.
  • Full recovery with unrestricted movement can take up to 3-6 months.


This information is intended for general knowledge only and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential to discuss the risks, benefits, candidacy, and specific details of a facelift. It’s important to choose a qualified surgeon with experience in facial rejuvenation procedures to minimize risks and achieve natural-looking results. Be sure to discuss your individual goals and expectations openly with your doctor.

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