Rhytidectomy or facelift is a surgical procedure that improves facial appearance produced by the effects of aging, by removing fat deposits, fixing the folded facial muscles of the skin of the face and neck. The facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as eyelid surgery, forehead or laser.

An ideal candidate is any man or women whose skin of the face and neck has begun to stretch but still maintains good elasticity.

The facelift can give you a more fresh and young look, thereby increasing your self-esteem, restoring the health and vitality of your youth.

Complications are infrequent when this technique is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.  However, there is always the risk that some of them may be present such as bruising or transient facial nerve injury.
When you see your doctor, ask all the questions you think are necessary. Clarify all your doubts and concerns. Mention if you smoke or use any medications, vitamins or other drugs that interfere with the clotting mechanism.

If you wear your hair short, you should let it grow out to help hide the scars after the surgery.

The type of anesthesia used can be either general or local anesthesia.

The intervention lasts a few hours, especially if it is done in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures. The incisions are usually made on the hairline at the temple, extending to the front of the ears, continuing behind the earlobe to the lower scalp.

If the neck needs to be treated, a small incision is made under the chin.

Generally, the surgeon separates the skin of the face from the fat and muscle layers. Fat deposits in the neck and chin can be suctioned to improve facial contour. Subsequently, the muscle is tightened and the excess skin is removed and then sutured.  In many cases, a drain is placed behind the ears to remove any fluids that might remain.

In the first 48 to 72 hours after the surgery you may feel some pain and experience inflammation that can be controlled by prior medication prescribed by your doctor.

The drain is removed two days after surgery and the dressing is removed on the fifth day.

Most stitches are removed after 5 days.

Recovery is rapid. However, it’s ideal to keep resting for about two weeks before returning to normal routine. 

Note that the change is not immediate. At first your face will look strange because of swelling, but in about 3 weeks you will notice and feel much better.

Remember that the aging process continues and this is not a definitive procedure. If needed, this technique can be repeated in a few years.


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