Face lifts + Rejuvenation
Restore your youth and beauty
A Rhytidectomy (or “face lift”) helps you look youthful and radiant by treating the wrinkled, furrowed, and sagging skin around your face, brows, eyes, and neck. Facelifts are often performed in conjunction with rejuvenation procedures (such as eyelid surgery) to help lift and brighten your whole look.
How Rhytidectomy works
A face lift removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscle, and redrapes skin on the face and neck. It can correct midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls, and a double chin.
When to Consider a Rhytidectomy + rejuvenation:
- If you feel that your face does not reflect your youthful spirit and energy level
- If you determine that your facial sagging and excess skin is a social or career obstacle
- If you show signs of facial aging, but still have some skin elasticity
- One day you look in the mirror and realize that time, gravity, sun exposure, and heredity have taken a toll, and you simply do not look like yourself anymore.
Frequently asked questions
Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions about Rhytidectomy + rejuvenation. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, chat with a Hudson Medical specialist now or give us a call: (646) 882-6278.
Am I a good candidate for a Rhytidectomy?
If your skin is starting to sag around your jowls and face, you appear tired when you are not, or you think you just don't look as young as you feel, a Rhytidectomy may be right for you.
At what age is a Rhytidectomy typically performed?
There is no typical age for a Rhytidectomy anymore; people in their 30s get them, as do people in their 80s, and every age in between.
What does a typical Rhytidectomy consultation entail?
During your consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your goals and the possible ways to achieve them. We recommend you bring photos of yourself at an earlier age, so your surgeon can give you the most natural look possible. The surgeon will also discuss fees, anesthesia, and the risks associated with the procedure.
How is a Rhytidectomy performed?
A facial lift is usually performed as a day surgery, under general or light sleep anesthesia. The surgeon places the incisions as inconspicuously as possible above your hairline and in the natural fold in front of the ear where the scar will be hidden. The surgeon loosens the facial skin from the underlying fat and muscle, tightens the muscle and fascia underneath, and then redrapes the skin, trimming and suturing or stapling it into position.
How long does the procedure take?
A Rhytidectomy typically takes between two and six hours to perform, or longer if you choose to have additional procedures performed at the same time.
What are the different Rhytidectomy techniques?
There are several different categories of rhytidectomy, including the mid-facelift, mini-facelift, and temporal lift. Deep lifts that involve adjusting the facial muscles are known as SMAS (submuscular aponeurotic system), which tighten the jowls, cheeks, and face in general. The temporal lift can help get rid of wrinkles in the mid-face area.
What should I expect after my Rhytidectomy?
Following your facial lift, your face will be swollen, sore, tender and probably bruised for several days. It will be covered with a fluffy bandage that is usually replaced with an elastic wrap by day two. Swelling will be at its worst about three days after surgery, and will begin to disappear within the first few weeks.
Will there be scarring?
Scarring is a given with all surgery, so it's more a question of visibility. Rhytidectomy scars are hidden in the hairline, in the folds behind the ears or under the jawline, so they are not very noticeable. If your surgeon uses a less invasive endoscopic technique, the scars will be even more inconspicuous.
What kind of downtime can I expect with this procedure?
Depending on how extensive your Rhytidectomy was and how active your job is, you can expect to return to work within seven to ten days after your surgery, although you will likely need to conceal residual bruises with cosmetics. With your surgeon's permission, you can resume most of your normal activities after about three weeks.
When will I be able to see the results?
As your swelling subsides, you will begin to notice that your facial skin and underlying muscles appear firmer, usually within weeks of your surgery. However, it can take months for the final results to fully emerge.
How long do the results last?
The benefits of a Rhytidectomy last about ten years, so depending on how old you are when you have the procedure, you may need another down the road.
What are the risks of a Rhytidectomy?
The risks include a chance of infection, hematoma (blood pooling), nerve damage (and resulting numbness), and permanent discolorations caused by bruising. You may also have uneven results (known as asymmetry) or be unhappy with your results, in general.