What is a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that provides a younger looking appearance in the face. By reducing or eliminating sagging and folds in the skin located on the cheeks and along the jawline, a facelift can change the shape of a patient’s face making it appear more vibrant and refreshed.

How is a facelift surgery performed?

During a facelift surgery the patient is put under general anesthesia. Once sedated, your surgeon will make incisions on each side of your face and pull back the skin.

They will repair the tissue below the skin and contour it in a way that returns your face back to a fuller, more youthful shape. Once the contouring is complete, any excess skin is removed and the incisions along the sides of your face are stitched up.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

A facelift is a good option for a patient who is in good health and wants to restore their face to a more youthful look. If sagging in your face or jawline is affecting your health or confidence, then a facelift may be right for you. If your biggest concerns are along your jawline and the lower region of your face, your surgeon may suggest a lower facelift, or a lower face and neck lift.

For younger patients who are concerned about the effects of aging, there may be less invasive options available including a thread facelift, non-surgical facelift, Botox or dermal fillers.

Is a facelift safe and effective?

When done by an experienced surgeon, a facelift surgery can be a safe and effective way to tighten your facial skin and make you appear younger and more vibrant.

Like any cosmetic surgery, some patients do experience side effects, most of which are temporary. Possible side effects can include prolonged swelling, skin discoloration, pain, bleeding, fluid accumulation, nerve injury, numbness, scarring, infection and risks associated with anesthesia.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

Preparing for a facelift surgery requires meeting with your plastic surgeon to discuss your current health, medical history and what you are looking to achieve.

Prior to your surgery you will undergo lab testing and an examination by your doctor.

At least 2 weeks before your facelift surgery, you will need to:

  • Arrange for someone to transport you to and from the clinic on the day of the surgery
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours following the surgery
  • Stock up on supplies and prepare your space for rest and relaxation
  • Arrange for child or pet care, as needed
  • Avoid exercise a few days before the surgery
  • Apply products to the skin to prepare your face prior to the operation
  • Avoid aspirin or other drugs that increase blood thinning
  • Stop or pause taking certain supplements or medications
  • Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol at least one week before your surgery

What should I expect from the procedure?

During facelift recovery, you may experience some bruising and swelling. You will need to rest, stay hydrated and keep your face clean and your head elevated. You may need assistance from a friend or family member for the first 24 – 48 hours, so keep that in mind when planning.

Once the bruising and swelling subsides, you should expect to see and more youthful and vibrant appearance in your face.

Is there a consultation fee for facelift?

All cosmetic consultation fees at SIH Dermatology & Plastic surgery are $100.00, which is applied to the cost of surgery (if booked).

How can I book an appointment to discuss facelift?

For consultation and treatment, please call our office at 618.351.9140 or send us a message through MyChart. You can also book online at request a consultation.

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