Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure that helps men and women fight the signs of aging and maintain a youthful appearance. Aging is something we will all face someday, and when this happens, the skin on our face begins to droop and develop wrinkles due to loss of elasticity. Patients who undergo rhytidectomy can look years younger after the procedure. There are a number of variations of this procedure; some are more invasive than others. During the consultation session, surgeons suggest which one of these variations suit the patient best.

Facelift Recovery

A rhytidectomy can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the extent of the surgery and the variation of the procedure used. Most of the time, this procedure can be done in an out-patient surgical facility, but in some cases it may have to be done in a hospital operating room and an overnight stay may be necessary. Since this procedure is done under general anesthesia, patients may feel groggy and may need to have someone drive them home and stay with them unless they prefer to spend the first night at the hospital. Discomfort, swelling, redness, and bruising are normal right after surgery. Doctors usually prescribe pain medication to manage the discomfort. Fluid drains are usually placed under the skin to drain excess blood and fluid that may build up along the incision site. These tubes can be removed after a few days.

The normal downtime for this procedure is around two weeks, after which the patient can engage in light physical activities. Strenuous activities should be avoided until the swelling has subsided and the patient has made a full recovery. This usually takes four to six weeks depending on the extent of the procedure. The effects of the procedure can be seen immediately and the face continuously improves over time. If the patient is attending an important social occasion, it is recommended that the surgery is scheduled at least 3 months before the occasion in order for the full effect of the procedure to show. For best results, this surgery can be done in conjunction with other procedures that would be able to treat the fine lines and wrinkles that a rhytidectomy can’t solve.

Choosing to undergo a rhytidectomy is a very serious decision. Patients should know all the details of the surgery and weigh the benefits and risks of going through with the procedure in order to make an informed decision. If you’re interested in getting a facelift, call us to schedule a consultation and our excellent staff of doctors and surgeons will gladly walk you through the procedure and answer all of your questions.

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