What is a Facelift? - (Rytidectomy)

A Facelift adresses sagging tissue and deep lines in your mid-face, jowl and neck area. The goal of a facelift is to reposition the support structures and muscles that the skin rests upon, as well as to take up excess skin while re-suspending the nasolabial folds (the lines that run from your nose to the corners of your mouth), jowls and lax neck tissues. A facelift is not meant to address fine lines or pigment changes in your skin, but to restore a youthful appearance to your face and should not give you an artificial pulled back or stretched look. Also, a facelift does not address any problems you may have with your forehead and eyebrows, but you may combine a facelift with a brow lift or blepharoplasty.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

The typical facelift patient is a male or a female in their late 40's or older who is concerned about the appearance of deepening nasolabial folds, jowling and loose skin underneath the chin. The ideal candidate does not have excessive sun damage to their skin, or has an active protocol to correct sun damaged skin.

What should I expect during my facelift?

Typically, a face lift is done under general anesthesia. It can, however, be done under twilight anesthesia (IV sedation) as well, and normally a facelift takes about 3-4 hours. Incisions are strategically placed in hidden areas so they will not be obvious during the healing process or later. Afterwards, an absorbent dressing is applied to your face and neck.

What should I expect after my facelift?

On the first day after your surgery, the absorbent dressing is removed and surgical incisions are inspected and cleaned. You may wash your hair on this first day after as well. You’ll probably experience swelling and bruising during the first week to 10 days following the procedure, but most swelling is gone by day 10. Bruising, however, may continue for up to a month, but may be covered with light makeup. You can plan to return to normal activity around two weeks after your facelift.

How long will it last?

The duration of a face lift result depends on each individual. However, typical results should last 5-10 years. The aging process does continue after a face lift. Persistent ongoing sun exposure, poor skin care and smoking will mean your results won’t last as long as they could.

The major benefit of a face lift is that it will restore a youthful, natural appearance to your facial and neck contours, and depending on your personal situation, a brow lift and/or blepharoplasty might be appropriate.

Dr. Coundouriotis is devoted exclusively to procedures that involve the neck and face. As with any procedure that involves the neck and face, only a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, is your best choice to perform a Facelift.