Facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure designed to tighten underlying facial tissues and sagging skin. The aim of the procedure is to make you look in keeping with your age, improve the appearance of your face, refine the facial contour and make you look younger. Patients opt for this procedure to reverse the effects of aging that lead to skin laxity, and the underlying muscles to lose their tone and the fatty tissue to sag. Facelifts can be combined with other procedures, such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping and skin treatments, chemical peels, Botox, and injectable fillers.
Facelifts are mainly performed under general anesthesia. There are many variations on the basic procedure; however, the incision is typically made in the natural facial contour behind your ear and then extended around the earlobe and back into the hairline. During the procedure, the underlying tissue will be repositioned and any excess skin will be removed and the final scar will be concealed.
After surgery, there will be some degree of discomfort, bruising and swelling for a few days. An elastic dressing must be worn for a couple of days. Dr. Said will give you detailed instructions on how to best handle your recovery.
The complications associated with a facelift procedure are soreness, swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, damage to the facial nerve, unfavorable scarring, hematoma, hair loss around the scar and dissatisfaction with the results.
The effects are a rejuvenated natural face with restored fullness and youthfulness that will last from 5 to 10 years.