A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) is a procedure in which the loose skin on your face and neck are smoothed out in order to decrease the signs of aging. Facelifts work to eliminate deep cheek folds and jowls. As you get older, the aging process can take a toll on your face, since people will start to have a loss of the elasticity in their skin and most people start to lose muscle tone in their face and neck. A facelift can help someone look 5-10 years younger.
A facelift is an outpatient procedure and the patient will be under either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Following the procedure, you will go home with dressings that are typically taken off the next day.
If there is any discomfort, this can be alleviated with oral medication. 5-7 days after the procedure, the sutures will be removed. The bruising and swelling from the procedure will typically lesson in 10-14 days. Results can be seen in 4-6 weeks and over the next few months, there will continue to be noticeable improvements.