A face lift or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves the visible signs of aging on the face and neck. As individuals age, the skin and muscles of the facial region begin to lose tone. The facelift cannot stop the process of aging. It can improve the most visible signs of aging by:
- tightening deeper structures
- re-draping the skin of face and neck
- removing selected areas of fat
A facelift can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a browlift, liposuction, eyelid surgery, or nasal surgery.
Facelift surgery is individualized for each patient. The best candidates for facelift surgery have a face and neck line beginning to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is well defined.
Alternative forms of management consist of not treating the laxness in the face and neck region with a facelift (rhytidectomy). Improvement of skin laxity, skin wrinkles and fatty deposits may be attempted by other treatments or surgery such as laser resurfacing, chemical face peels or liposuction.