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Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Visible signs of facial aging are the result of changes in the skin, fat, soft tissues and bone structure. Aging causes the loss of facial volume and skin elasticity. It is manifested in the face by the presence of sagging skin around the eyes, loss of neckline definition, drooping skin around the jawline and deep facial folds.

Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, addresses each of these areas by restoring a well-defined, youthful face, neck and jawline to dramatically reduce the signs of aging. By lifting and repositioning the underlying tissue and the loose, droopy and wrinkled skin, a facelift procedure will restore the smoother contours of your younger self. With state-of-the-art techniques, our surgeons tailor their approach to address the needs of each patient. We can smoothen the wrinkles of your face, tightening the muscles of your neck, remove excess skin under the jawline and add volume to lift your cheeks to create a refreshed, more youthful look.

Each patient receives a customized treatment plan to fit their needs. If you would like subtle rejuvenation to prevent signs of aging before they become apparent, we will match them with a conservative approach, and if you would to address more significant signs of aging, we can create a sophisticated treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery is appropriate for healthy men and women seeking to improve the contour of the face and neck. To maintain their inner youth, many patients also turn to non-surgical facial rejuvenation before considering facelift surgery. These include procedures such as skin resurfacing which can be done with lasers, ultrasound or radiofrequency and/or fillers and Botox.

Our surgeons deliver a natural, healthy and rejuvenated look, as opposed to an unnatural, operated-upon appearance. Facelifting does not stop the aging process, but it does make patients of all ages look younger and rejuvenated. Our results speak for themselves and last for years. The best candidates for facelift surgery are those patients who are relatively healthy, do not smoke and have realistic expectations.

Note that many patients with facial paralysis may also benefit from a facelift to improve their facial function as well their facial symmetry. Three-dimensional imaging is available on request to help you understand the effect of a facelift.

What is the recovery like from facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery is performed in an outpatient setting, with most patients returning home within a few hours after surgery. Moderate sedation or general anesthesia is used, depending on a patient’s preference. Small incisions are hidden within the hairline, behind the ear and under the chin. The facial soft tissue is carefully lifted and rotated to a more youthful position. Excess soft tissue and skin may be removed to improve the definition of the neck and jawline and soften wrinkles that have formed secondary to excess skin laxity, thus restoring a youthful facial contour.

Facelift surgery results are seen in three to four months. Patients may return to work and non-strenuous activities within two weeks. Mild bruising, swelling or discomfort is common the first few days after surgery. Most patients feel confident returning to their public and social lives in 10-14 days.

Our experienced surgeons reduce bruising and recovery time with the application of state-of-the-art techniques. Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.

Before-and-after photo of a patient who underwent facelift surgery at Keck Medicine of USC

Facelift Rhytidectomy: Before-and-after photos of a patient who underwent facelift surgery at Keck Medicine of USC

Before-and-after photo of a patient who underwent facelift surgery at Keck Medicine of USC

Facelift Rhytidectomy: Before-and-after photos of a patient who underwent facelift surgery at Keck Medicine of USC

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