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Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

A facelift also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the visible signs of aging of the face and neck.  Changes and aging in your face may include sagging of the skin in the mid face and cheek region, folds or creases in the smile lines (nasolabial folds), loss of skin and muscle tone in the mid to lower part of the face, jowling or sagging of the skin along the jawline.

The skin elasticity and youthfulness of the face and neck could be from various causes from aging to heredity and environmental factors.  Stress may also be factor.  It is not uncommon when a patient decides to have a facelift, a browlift, eyelift or facial implants, would be combined and performed on the same day.  

There are two typically two types of surgical facelifts: mini-facelift versus full facelift. 

A mini-facelift is typically designed for a person who may not have a lot of sagging or the sagging is limited to the face and not in the neck area.  This generally is for a person with moderate aging in the face of the 40 and up age group.  A mini- facelift, also known as an S-lift, executive facelift, short scar facelift are of all of similar surgical technique.  This procedure would involve lifting and repositioning the sagging skin and placing it back to a more youthful position.  The mini-facelift compared to a full facelift or a traditional facelift would require less surgical time and is less invasion.  The scar associated with a mini-facelift is also shorter.  Because of this, the recovery time would be shorter and patients are able to return to normal activities in a sooner time frame. 

A traditional facelift also commonly referred to as a regular facelift or full facelift involves lifting and repositioning of the skin and the underlying muscle in the face and neck.  A full facelift although not commonly indicated includes lifting of the skin in the face and neck, repositioning the muscle to  a more youthful position and liposuction of the fat under the chin.  The hanging neck band or commonly referred to as the “turkey wattle” (vertical cords under the chin) will also be tightened and repositioned to a more youthful position.    The scar associated with a traditional facelift is more extensive compared to a mini-facelift however the scar will concealed along the naturals curves of the ears and hairline. When matured, the scar will be less visible. 

The facelift procedure will give a more youthful appearance with more tighter and more defined jawline.  In addition to a facelift, other procedures could be included to further enhance the results of the facelift procedure.  These procedures could include facial implants either cheek or chin implants, skin resurfacing procedures such as laser resurfacing to improve the texture of the skin.  Following a facelift procedure, additional non-invasive treatments will delay the aging affects and further improve your results such as Injectable tissue filler such as Juvederm Voluma and Botox injection.

In some patients when a facelift is not yet needed or ready for the procedure, laser skin rejuvenation, laser skin rejuvenation, dermal fillers such as Juvederm Botox injections will be recommended to delay the need for the facelift procedure. 

A facelift whether mini-facelift or a traditional facelift procedure is performed surgically under general anaesthesia.  You will require 2-3 weeks of down time from social activities. Some of the risk associated with the facelift procedure include poor scar healing, bleeding, infection and anaesthesia risks.  Undesirable results of a facelift procedure could include asymmetry and poor scar healing. 

To learn more about the facelift procedure and if this procedure is right for you, please contact Dr. Beber’s office to book a comprehensive personal consultation.

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