Face Lifting

Face lifting, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at reducing the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. This procedure helps to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance by addressing issues such as sagging skin, deep creases, and loss of muscle tone.

Procedure Overview

  1. Consultation: The process begins with a detailed consultation with a plastic surgeon to assess the patient’s facial structure, skin condition, and aesthetic goals. The surgeon will also discuss the patient’s medical history and any potential risks or complications.
  2. Anesthesia: Face lifts are typically performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, ensuring that the patient is comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
  3. Incisions: The surgeon makes incisions typically around the hairline, starting at the temples and continuing around the ear, ending in the lower scalp. For a neck lift, an additional incision may be made under the chin.
  4. Repositioning and Tightening: The underlying muscles and tissues are lifted and tightened to enhance facial contours. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is repositioned over the uplifted contours.
  5. Closing Incisions: The incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives. Care is taken to place the incisions in natural creases or within the hairline to minimize visible scarring.


  • Initial Recovery: Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days. Pain medication and cold compresses can help manage these symptoms.
  • Follow-up Visits: Regular follow-up visits with the surgeon are necessary to monitor the healing process and remove stitches if needed.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are generally advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks. Most people can return to normal activities within two to four weeks.
  • Long-Term Care: Protecting the skin from sun exposure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results of a face lift.

Results and Benefits

  • Youthful Appearance: A face lift can significantly reduce the signs of aging, such as jowls, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed look.
  • Improved Self-Confidence: Many patients experience a boost in self-esteem and confidence following the procedure.
  • Long-Lasting Effects: While a face lift does not stop the aging process, the results can last for many years, especially when combined with good skincare and healthy living practices.