Facelift (Rhytidectomy)


As we age our skin changes, often becoming lax, or loose. The loose skin, along with muscles and fat deposits can cause an unwanted change in the appearance of your face. If you want to get the natural youthful shape back, a face lift might be for you. Rhytidectomy, or a facelift, is a surgical procedure done to help improve the appearance of an aging face.

Other procedures that can enhance your appearance in conjunction with a facelift are, facial implants, a neck lift, and wrinkle reduction. Plastic Surgery Centers Organization (PSCO) focuses on matching you with the right Doctor for all of you cosmetic / reconstructive surgery needs.

The Facelift Procedure

General anesthetic is used during a facelift. When the surgery starts, your plastic surgeon will make strategic incisions based on your specific facial contour and desired results from the facelift. The incisions selected by the surgeon are intended to minimize any scarring or complications. Typical incision points are: temples in the hairline, around the ears, the lower scalp, and the chin.

After the incision(s) are made, the doctor will enhance the appearance of your face by reconstructing and/or removing certain underlying muscle tissues and fat deposits. The topography of these muscles and fats deposits are what determines the shape and contour of the face.

The final step in a facelift is to redrape the skin over the newly molded muscles and secure it with sutures or skin adhesives. Great care is taken during the placement of the skin so that it is sufficiently taut to produce a youthful appearance.

Post Procedure

A facelift can turn back the clock, and give you better self esteem. Although it should be noted that a Rhytidectomy will not completely stop the natural aging process. Even with the natural occurrence of aging, most patients are satisfied with the results and do not feel the need to have a second facelift.