An overview of Facelifts (Rhytidectomy)
Procedure: Improves sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles andredraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.
Length: Several hours.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Some patients may require a short inpatient stay.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin. For men, permanent need to shave behind ears where the beard-growing skin is repositioned.
Risks: Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing, excessive scarring, asymmetry or change in hairline.
- 10 to 14 days: Back to work
- 2 weeks +: Strenuous Activity
- 2 to 3 weeks: Bruising
- Sun exposure must be limited for several months
Duration of Results: 5 to 10 years.