A Face-Lift (rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to create a younger appearance in your face. 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 with age. A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is often done as part of a face-lift to reduce fat deposits and sagging skin on the neck.
As you get older, the appearance and shape of your face is altered because of normal age-related changes. Age-related changes in your face that may be reduced with a face-lift include the following:
A Face-Lift isn’t a treatment for superficial wrinkles, sun damage, creases around the nose and upper lip, or irregularities in skin color.
After a face-lift, you may experience:
Contact your doctor immediately if you have:
Your incisions will likely be covered with bandages that provide gentle pressure to minimize swelling and bruising. A small tube might be placed under the skin behind one or both of your ears to drain any excess blood or fluid. In the first few days after surgery:
You will have several follow-up appointments scheduled during the next two months after surgery. They will include the following:
Subsequent visits will likely be scheduled to monitor your progress.
Self-care at home during the first three weeks will help your recovery and minimize the risk of complications:
In the weeks after a face-lift, you might style your hair to hide any remaining signs of the incision. You may also choose to delay attending major social events for a couple of months, when you are likely to feel back to normal.
A face-lift can give your face and neck a more youthful appearance. Face-lift results are not permanent. With age, the facial skin may begin to droop again. In general, a face-lift can be expected to last 10 years.