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Facelift Surgery


Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the face and neck by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles.

Facelift surgery aims to create a more youthful, refreshed, and rejuvenated appearance by restoring definition and contour to the face and neck. The operation can address a variety of concerns, including sagging skin, deep wrinkles, jowls, and loss of facial volume.

Facelift surgery is recommended for individuals who are experiencing signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of facial volume. The best candidates for facelift surgery are generally healthy adults who have realistic expectations for the procedure and are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

It's important for candidates to have good skin elasticity and strong underlying facial bone structure to achieve optimal results from the procedure. People should also be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking for a period of time before and after the surgery, as it can increase the risk of complications and affect recovery.

Consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon is necessary as with all surgical procedures to determine if facelift surgery is appropriate for the person's case and to discuss the potential risks, benefits, and expected results of the procedure.


Preparation for Facelift Surgery


If a person is considering facelift surgery, there are several steps they can take to prepare for the procedure and optimize their results. There are some common preparation tips below.


  • Choose a Skilled and Experienced Plastic Surgeon: It's essential to choose a doctor who has extensive experience performing facelift surgery. A candidate can research potential surgeons online, ask for recommendations from friends and family, and schedule consultations to discuss their options and evaluate the specialist's qualifications.
  • Stop Smoking: It can increase the risk of complications and affect the healing process, so it's necessary to quit smoking for at least several weeks before and after the surgery.
  • Avoid Certain Medications and Supplements: Some drugs and supplements can also increase the risk of bleeding, so it's important to avoid these for several weeks during the process. The surgeon provides a detailed list of them to avoid.
  • Follow a Healthy Diet and Exercise Routine: Maintaining a good diet and exercise routine can help optimize the results and improve the patient's general health status.


How is Facelift Surgery Performed?


Facelift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours to complete. There is a general overview of the procedure below.


  • Incisions: The surgeon makes cuts in inconspicuous locations, such as behind the ears or along the hairline, to minimize visible scarring.
  • Tissue Separation: The skin from the underlying tissues and muscles to access the targeted areas are separated.
  • Muscle and Tissue Tightening: The doctor then tightens the underlying muscles and tissues to improve facial contour and definition.
  • Fat Removal and Repositioning: If necessary, they remove excess fat or reposition fat to improve facial volume and contour.
  • Skin Re-Draping: The surgeon drapes the skin over the underlying tissues, removing any excess skin, and trimming any excess before closing the incisions.
  • Incision Closure: Finally, the cuts are closed with sutures, and sterile dressings are applied.


The exact technique used during the procedure varies depending on the individual case and the desired outcomes. For example, a mini-facelift may involve smaller incisions and less extensive tissue manipulation than a full facelift.

The surgeon evaluates every individual case and discusses the most appropriate techniques for achieving the best possible results.


Recovery from Facelift Surgery


Recovery from facelift surgery can take several weeks, and it's vital to listen to the doctor's post-op suggestions carefully to minimize the risk of complications and optimize the best results. The patients may experience some swelling and bruising around the face and neck following the surgery. This is normal and usually goes away within several days to several weeks.

It's important to keep the incision sites clean and dry to minimize the risk of infection. The doctor provides detailed instructions on how to care for the cuts. The candidates need to attend several follow-up appointments with their surgeons to monitor their progress and ensure that their incisions are healing properly.

They may also need to have a compression garment around the face and neck for several weeks following the surgery to help minimize swelling and improve healing.

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