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A facelift, technically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, including:

  • Sagging in the midface can create a deep crease below the lower eyelid
  • Sagging between the nose and mouth that may make you appear tired and sad
  • Fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face which creates a jaw line that sags into the neck
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw, often called a “double chin”

A facelift is a highly individualized procedure. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your skin, muscle and bone structure and the specific conditions that contribute to your again appearance. These factors are the most significant considerations in determining the appropriate technique or combination of procedures to best achieve your realistic goals.

A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate. Most patients are reassured to know that a facelift will not change their basic appearance, but will restore it to a younger version of itself that will then continue to age naturally over time. 

Benefits of a Facelift

  • Correcting of aging features
  • Restoration of more youth, rested appearance
  • Uplifted contours
  • Improved tone in facial skin and underlying muscle

Facelift Surgery Candidates

A facelift is best performed on adult men and women who feel that their outward facial aging no longer reflects the youth and vigor they feel physically and emotionally. Good candidates are:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for improvement of their appearance  

Your goals, anatomy and your plastic surgeon’s surgical judgment are all factors in determining the best approach to your individual case.
Procedures that may further enhance the outcome of a facelift may include facial implants or soft tissue augmentation to recontour the facial structure, and resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin. Wrinkle reduction by injection may be recommended prior to your procedure to help underlying muscle fully relax before repositioning and tightening or after to help maintain results.