Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck

In time, gravity, sun exposure, genetics and the stresses of daily life can take their toll on our faces: deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens, folds and fat deposits appear on the neck, and we lose volume from our cheeks. A facelift or rhytidectomy is a procedure that can counteract these problems by removing excess, loose skin and fat as well as tighten sagging skin and muscles, giving your face a fresher, youthful look.

Facelifts have evolved and improved over the last 40 years. There are several different types of facelifts, such as the skin-only facelift and the SMAS facelift, which tightens the structures under the skin. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places such as inside or along the hairline and in natural folds of the cheeks and ears. Over time, the scars can fade to near invisibility. More recently, less invasive facelifts such as the short-scar facelifts have been devised and combined with neck suspension techniques to minimize both the visibility and size and length of scars. After surgery, some patients can look much younger. Facelift surgery will not stop the clock and keep you from aging, but it can reset the clock and make you look younger and fresher and feel better about yourself.

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