A facelift, or rhytidectomy is a procedure in cosmetic surgery that aims to give a more youthful appearance. Rhytidectomy can tighten loose, hanging skin especially arround the jaw line. Also it can remove deep creases arround the mouth and nose. This procedure is expected to tighten the underlying tissues as well.

What should patient know?

Facelift surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure and it involves a general anesthesia. The procedure takes from 4 to 6 hours and the patient can normally go home a day after the surgery.
Before going ahead with the surgery there are some points that should be considered and discussed with your doctor. It is very important to have reasonable expectations and that this operation will not stop the overall aging process.

In general, the facelift’s goal is to give a younger appearance. But the facelift does not last forever. Latest researches suggest that five years after surgery even 21 percent of facelift relapse, yet 76 percent of patients still look younger than before the operation. Sometimes, for the best result, a patient may need additional procedures such as neck lift or laser peel. Complications of facelift procedure are not frequent, however every surgery brings certain risk. Possible problems that may occure are bleeding, bruising, hematoma, infection, numbness, loss of hair, uneveness between two sides, widering scar.. Most patients experience some discomfort after a surgery, and the recovery usually takes two weeks. It is very important to follow the instructions during this period as this will speed the healing process and allow the best result.

Before the surgery, the choosen plastic surgeon will take care of these facts:

Are you on some kind of therapy and what medications do you use

Do you have a high blood pressure

Are you a smoker

Do you have any allergies

How is your general skin condition and scarring tendency