What is a Facelift?

You hear plastic surgery terms tossed around on a regular basis, usually without any sort of an explanation. One of these terms is “facelift,” or rhytidectomy. Because there are so many different surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures available these days, we thought it would be helpful to explain precisely what we mean when we speak of a facelift.

A facelift involves making an incision, generally beginning at the hairline at your temples, and continuing around your ear to the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed, and the deeper layers of the face and the muscles may also be lifted and tightened. Excess skin can then be trimmed away. Not all facelift procedures are exactly the same. An additional incision may be necessary, and related procedures may be necessary, for example, to remove forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, or bags under your eyes. Additional procedures that can enhance the facelift procedure include, among others, implants, resurfacing, and fillers.

  • Some of the areas that may be improved through a facelift are:

  • Loose skin, as well as excess fat deposits, under your chin and jaw.

  • Lost skin tone.

  • Deep creases along your nose, which may extend to the corners of your mouth.

  • Sagging in the middle of your face.

  • Deep creases below your lower eyelids.

There is no magic formula that will tell how long a facelift will last. The answer will depend upon such factors as your lifestyle, including diet and exercise, your bone structure, heredity, exposure to the sun, among others. In addition, your age at the time of the facelift will also play a role. If you are in your 60’s, the procedure may last between five and seven years; if you are in your 40’s, you may expect it to last years longer than that.

The benefits of a facelift can certainly include a more youthful and healthy appearance, while dealing with some specific areas of concern. Of course, there are certain limitations on what you can reasonable expect from a facelift. Above all, the procedure will not stop the aging process, nor will it change your fundamental appearance. Nevertheless, depending upon your goals, a facelift may be the answer.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.