As the skin and underlying tissues of the face lose tone and elasticity, the familiar signs of aging appear. The rhytidectomy or facelift seeks to restore the patient’s own more youthful, natural appearance of a few years before. It is done under local anesthesia and sedation by making incisions camouflaged in the natural creases and hair line, from the temporal area, around the ear and into the hairline behind the ear. The skin is raised; the underlying tissues are lifted and suspended to restore a more youthful contour.
Finally, the excess skin is removed to give a more taut and toned look. Usually the patient stays overnight and leaves the next day with an absorbent bandage in place. There are numerous additional procedures available to achieve an optimal result.