FACELIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY)

What is a facelift and how complicated is the procedure? What is actually involved?

Also called a rhytidectomy, the main areas treated during a facelift are the mid-face (between the lower eyelids and jawline) and the neck. The eyelids and brow may be treated also in many patients to achieve a comprehensive, cohesive rejuvenation of the whole face and neck.

Usually, the mid-face and neck will be treated using a form of SMAS facelift, where the deeper tissues below the skin in the cheeks and lower face (and also frequently the neck) are lifted and repositioned. This works to lift and increase the volume of the cheeks whilst producing a slimmer lower face, with an improved jawline and better neck definition. The lift may be enhanced by small amounts of liposuction to both the lower face and neck as well as fat grafting into other areas of your face to improve this shape further.

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Example of facelift (rhytidectomy) at The Clarence Clinic

Here you can see a 64-year-old patient pre-op and 1-month post-op. We performed a Lateral Smasectomy Face and Necklift and Upper Blepharoplasty.

Note: Individual results may vary.

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What scarring will I have from this procedure and will it be visible?

The incisions and scars you have will depend on the extent of your procedure. Younger patients with a good neck position are usually suited to a short scar facelift. This includes incisions that are at the front of the ear and the hairline above only. More mature patients however frequently have additional neck laxity, and therefore may prefer to have a full face and neck lift. For this option, the incisions are extended around the back of the ear and into the hairline behind, allowing the neck to be corrected too.

With both options, the scarring will be hidden around the ear and in the hairline and will fade over time.

Example of facelift (rhytidectomy) at The Clarence Clinic

Here you can see our patient pre-op and post-op. We performed a short-scar SMAS plication facelift, liposuction on the jowls, plus upper and lower blepharoplasty.

Note: Individual results may vary.

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Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

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What will my recovery be like?

Be prepared for a small amount of swelling and bruising initially, however you can normally return to work and your typical social schedule within two to three weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery. Further residual swelling usually settles over the next month or so.

Your stitches will be removed at around five to seven days post op. You may find your scars are a little red at first, but this shouldn’t last too long and they usually rapidly fade as they mature. This can be aided by massage.

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