Rhytidectomy – Facelift


Also known as rhytidectomy facelift is an extremely popular surgical technique that is among the ten most popular cosmetic procedures today. Facelift procedures have been performed for over a century and both the technical and technology have improved over time.

Both women and men can benefit from the facelift because wrinkles affect both sexes equally. Because women usually wear long hair is easier to hide incisions made during surgery. However, a good facial surgeon may also make very discrete incisions for a man.

What is a rhytidectomy or facelift?
A facelift is a procedure in which the skin of the face is tensioned to give the patient’s face a more youthful appearance. Due to aging and gravity, the skin of the face of a person tends to hang limp and feel. This is the time in which the facelift becomes a great option to look younger. Today there are many different techniques with reliable and lasting results. The facelift is a procedure that involves making incisions in front and behind the ear and can spread to the skull. Once the incisions are made, they are carried out varying degrees of penetration into the skin and the deeper layers of the stretch. You can also perform liposuction and tighten the muscles of the neck and jowls. Also, the excess skin is removed or repositioned. Also, stressing the soft tissues of the face serves to restore and give a more youthful appearance to the face.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
It is common that the face is the first to show signs of aging. The severity and volume declines resulting facial features of aging. The vast majority of patients who ask for an assessment to undergo a facelift feel that their facial features do not reflect their spiritual youth and high energy level. They are looking for ways to rejuvenate and maintain a fresh look. At the end, a facelift will allow you to return clockwise and feel better reflect your youthful spirit.

How do I evaluate the surgeon for a facelift?
During the pre-operative consultation the surgeon will do a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. On physical examination the bone structure, the subcutaneous structure of the skin, the skin thickness, texture and elasticity as well as the degree of facial wrinkles and folds are examined. This information will be used to develop a surgical plan and objectives of the procedure will be discussed. Usually, a facelift is a very versatile procedure, because of this the surgeon will explain the technique that best fits you and gives you the lowest possible risks. After the plastic surgeon will select the technique at its discretion will help you achieve optimal results based on what was discussed regarding the outcome to be achieved.

What are the risks of a rhytidectomy?
Fortunately, the risks associated with facelift surgery are rare. Each year, thousands of people undergo successful facelift surgery and is satisfied with the result. However, anyone who is considering undergoing a facelift should know what the risks and benefits are. It is better if they are chatting in person with the plastic surgeon or a staff qualified doctor.

Some of the possible risks that might occur include hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin), some infections and reaction to anesthesia. While plastic surgeons are trained to safely handle the facial skin and tissues, it may cause damage to deeper structures, but this is only temporary. Facelift incisions are often very discrete, however, this is not entirely predictable due to individual variations of healing. The patient can help minimize certain risks by following the directions and recommendations of the surgeon before and after surgery.