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Rhytidectomy literally means surgical removal (-ectomy) of wrinkles (rhytids). A rhytidectomy or facelift, more accurately called a face and neck lift, rejuvenates the lower face and corrects sagging muscles and excess skin in the cheeks, jaw line and neck. The midface and forehead lifts address aging of the high cheek, brow and forehead.
Despite the wealth of new treatments to reverse facial aging, facelifts are still the gold standard, providing the most comprehensive and long-lasting benefits. The advantage over other procedures is that face lifts address sagging face and neck muscles that are the major underlying cause of aging, as well as the resulting skin surface wrinkles.
Everyone has seen the results of a poorly performed facelift that leaves a patient’s face looking unnaturally stretched or pulled too tight. To achieve consistent success that results in a natural, more youthful appearance, there is no substitute for experience. Dr. Sykes performs more than 150 face lifts each year, or about three per week, on patients across a wide span of ages and with a variety of skin types and facial features.
The individual approach to rejuvenation
Types of face lifts
The third type of facelift is known as a composite or deep plane lift because it addresses the facial muscles that lie closest to the bone, as well as repositioning descending fat pads. The deep plane lift also provides the benefit of pulling underlying facial muscles up, as well as out, so it actually reverses the natural aging process.
Dr. Sykes does not perform skin-only lifts because the results do not provide a natural look and they are quickly undone by the uncorrected muscle sagging and falling fat pads. He may occasionally perform a SMAS face lift on a younger patient whose facial structure has not yet experienced the full force of gravity’s downward pull. Most often, Dr. Sykes performs the deep plane or composite lift. The deep plane technique’s uplift rejuvenates the midface, and results in a more natural and longer lasting improvement.
Very often, facelifts are combined with other procedures, such a neck lift or liposuction, eyelid rejuvenation or others that address your specific concerns. Recovery time remains the same whether you have a facelift alone or in combination with other surgeries. So you only have to go through surgery and recovery once, we recommend you undergo all surgical procedures you desire at the same time.
What to expect
Most patients are surprised to experience very little pain following facelift surgery. You will be tired and are likely to sleep a great deal of the 48 hours following surgery as the anesthesia moves out of your system. Because of the long incisions face lifts require, the sides of your face will be wrapped tightly to prevent infection. The day following surgery, your surgeon will see you in the office to check on your healing and rewrap your bandages.
Bruising and swelling are expected and normal after a face lift. You’ll receive a list of instructions that will help you move through this phase with minimal discomfort, but we encourage you to take advantage of the downtime to rest and help speed your recovery. Though the amount of bruising and swelling varies by individual, you should be able to return to work and social activities after two weeks. Jill Haynes, our aesthetician, commonly works with surgery patients, providing helpful tips and camouflage makeup to minimize the visible effects of surgery.
It’s important to remember that face lift surgery does not stop the aging process. The good news is that even though you will continue to age, you will always look much younger than you would have looked if you have not undergone face lift surgery.
Facelift Fast Facts