A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck. The procedure can reduce the sagging or folds of skin on the cheeks and jawline and other changes in the shape of your face that occur due to several reasons.

As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process, it helps in reviving your external features.


Facelift surgery is ideal for you if you are undergoing age-related changes like

- Sagging appearance on your cheeks
- Excess skin at your lower jawline (jowls)
- Deepening of the fold of skin from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth
- Sagging skin and excess fat in the neck (if the procedure includes a neck lift)

During your consultation, you and your plastic surgeon will discuss why you need the surgery, and what you hope to achieve. You will also discuss the process of the surgery and everything that will be involved until your recovery period. You should be completely open with the doctor about your expectations, concerns and habits. Your medical history will be evaluated to determine candidacy for the surgery. The doctor will also take photos of your face so that you can see the difference after the surgery.

There are certain guidelines that the doctor will advise you to follow before the surgery, like maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regularly, stop smoking at least three weeks before the surgery, to strictly avoid anti-inflammatory drugs or medicines having aspirin so that the risk of excess bleeding is reduced.

The procedure is performed in an inpatient setting under Local or a General Anesthesia. The surgery takes around 2 to 4 hours and may vary depending upon the technique being used.

In general, during a face-lift surgery the skin is elevated and tightened through the underlying tissues and muscles. Fat in the face and neck may be sculpted, removed or redistributed. Facial skin is then re-draped over the newly repositioned contours of the face, excess skin is removed, and the wound is stitched or taped closed.

The incisions for the procedure depend on the techniques that will be used and the patient's preferences.

Traditional Facelift: A traditional face-lift incision starts at the hairline of your temples, continues around your ears and ends behind your ears in your lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be made to improve the aging neck.

Limited Incision: A limited incision is a shorter incision that begins in your hairline just above your ear, wraps around the front of your ear, but does not extend all the way into the lower scalp. Also known as "Mini-lifts", there are usually reserved for patients with less skin relaxation, as the results are less rejuvenating than a full facelift.

Neck Lift: In this technique, the incision starts in front of your earlobe and continues around your ear into your lower scalp. A small incision also is made under your chin. A neck lift addresses the sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin.

The incisions will be closed with sutures that may dissolve or may need to be removed after a few days. Some surgeons use skin glues to seal the incisions. Once healed, the incision lines from a facelift are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.

Following the surgery, a bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Small tubes may be present to draw off any excess blood or fluid.

You may experience mild to moderate pain, drainage from the incisions, swelling, bruising, or numbness. Your surgeon will prescribe medication for pain. The day after surgery, your surgeon will most likely remove your drainage tube, apply antibiotic ointment to your incisions and place new bandages on your face.

After 2 to 3 days, you may be able to switch from wearing bandages to wearing an elasticized facial sling. About a week after surgery, your doctor will remove your stitches and assess the wound. Subsequent visits will likely be scheduled to monitor your progress.

In order to have successful long-lasting results it is important to follow the below:

- Take pain medication and apply ointment as per prescription.
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
- Keep your head elevated while resting or sleeping.
- Avoid strenuous activities.

It is important to attend follow-up appointments with your doctor to keep track of your progress.

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