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Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Description

Redistribution and/or reduction of facial fat, repositioning and tightening of facial soft tissues, plus redraping and reduction of excess sagging skin of the face, jowls, and neck to produce a more youthful appearance.

Length of Surgery

Three to six hours

In / Outpatient



Local with Conscious IV Sedation or General

Recovery Time from Treatment

Return to work in 10 to 21 days. Swelling, bruising and stiffness may persist for 2 to 3 months.

Treatment Frequency

Once, but results may be refined in 5 to 10 years.

Risks-Include but not limited to

Infection, bleeding, nerve injury, asymmetry, irregular scar formation, altered hairline, complications related to anesthesia.

Duration of Results

Long-lasting. However the effects of aging will continue and with time you may desire additional surgery.

Essential Questions

  1. What facelift technique do you recommend for me?
  2. Where will the incisions and resulting scars be located?
  3. Will a facelift alone achieve my goals?
  4. What will you do to ensure I do not have the “pulled” look?
  5. Where will the procedure be performed and what type of anesthesia will be used?

Facelift Surgery Inside Tip

There are many types of facelift procedures, (full facelift, mini-facelift, limited-incision facelift, MACS-lift, mid-facelift, etc.) and not all facelifts are the same.

Full-facelift is rejuvenation of the checks, jowls and neck, a Mini-facelift is rejuvenation of the jowls, and the Mid-facelift rejuvenates the cheeks.

Facelifts only address the midface or lower third of the face but may be combined with other procedures to achieve your goals. As we age the face deflates and often what is needed to achieve a more youthful appearance is volume or fullness especially in the cheeks, nasofolds, and marionette lines. This can be achieved with soft tissue fillers and can be done with a surgery or as a stand-alone procedure.