Rhytidectomy or the facelift is a procedure that is intended to restore and refresh the
natural beauty of the face.
The aging face is characterized by wrinkles, hollowed eyes, sagging eyebrows, loss of midface volume and shape, loss of jawline definition, and sagging neck skin.
Each patient has differing anatomical characteristics and essentially presents with various and unique variations in the signs of aging.
The facelift is tailored to each individual so that we achieve the most youthful and natural result.
The facelift procedure addresses the excess skin, tightens the underlying musculofascial layer, and at times may involve fat transfer. As we age, not only do the tissues become more lax with poor elasticity, there are fat compartments in our face that become larger and areas that atrophy or become smaller. Restoration of the face can also be combined with other procedures in order to create harmony and balance of the entire face and neck. These procedures include a brow lift, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty.
Incisions are placed in the most conspicuous areas as possible such as within the hairline.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients should be watched overnight by a caregiver; arrangements for overnight stays at a specialized facility can be made.
Results are immediate although expect bruising and swelling to persist for 1-2 weeks.
Pain is variable. Oral pain medicine may be needed for up to 5 days.
Special dressings are placed on the head that will be wrapped overnight with the wrapping removed postoperative day one. A chin strap which can be concealed with a scarf is then worn for at least 2 weeks.
Sutures are removed at 5-7 days and others 10-14 days.
The drain is removed the day after surgery
Activity/Shower/Driving Restriction: no restriction on daily activity. Encouraged to walk. may shower 2 days after surgery. No lifting greater than 10 pounds for 2 weeks. May drive when no longer requiring narcotic pain medication. No strenuous activity/heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
Time off work: expect to require 2 weeks off of work depending on job demands.
Follow-up: you will be seen the day after surgery and then in office following surgery at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months or as needed.