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Rhytidectomy (Facelift)

A facelift can help to reverse the signs of aging associated with stress, sun exposure and gravity. This operation lifts the skin and deeper muscles of the face to smooth wrinkles, lift the cheeks, and minimize nasolabial folds or jowl formation.

Dr. Smith’s facelift techniques leave a patient looking rested and more youthful without changing their individual facial qualities. This procedure can make patients look 10 – 15 years younger and the result may last for many years. Facelifts are often done in combination with blepharoplasties (eye lift) and a brow or forehead lift.

Incisions for a facelift typically run in front of the ear and behind the ear into the hair line. A small incision under the chin may also be necessary to correct platysmal (neck) banding. These incisions are sutured closed and the sutures are removed 5 – 10 days after surgery.

Most facial aesthetic surgery can be done under a monitored anesthetic. It can take 3 – 5 hours to complete. Patients will spend 1 – 3 hours in our recovery room resting with their head elevated and ice packs to help minimize post-operative swelling and bruising. They will be discharged home with a dressing around their head. Discomfort after the procedure is usually minimal and well controlled with medication. A homecare nurse will visit the home/hotel room to help patients and their support person with wound care, positioning, ice packs etc.

Possible complications of a facelift can include bleeding (hematoma), infection, asymmetry, scarring, and facial nerve paresis.

Our facelift patients are seen in office post-op day 5 – 14 as needed for suture removal and assessment of swelling and bruising. Although camouflage makeup and can help to conceal bruising, most patients are away from work for 2 – 3 weeks after their surgery.

Dr. Smith will see you 4 – 6 months after your surgery to assess your result and take photographs.