FaceLift or rhytidectomy surgery, restores the youthfulness of your appearance by simply removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. In a procedure that generally lasts up to 5 hours, a FaceLift involves a number of tiny incisions made inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, and around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Once the FaceLift has been completed, all incisions are closed with small sutures. The targeted excess skin is removed and muscles that have begun to sag, along with connective tissues, are tightened. Therefore, it is not only the face that benefits from a FaceLift or rhytidectomy surgery, but also the muscles of the neck.

For complete rejuvenation of the face, a FaceLift may also include the removal of fatty deposits from the neck and beneath the chin, as well as other procedures. These may include blepharoplasty, more popularly known as eyelid surgeryforehead lift, chin augmentation, and/or liposuction.

FaceLift (Rhytidectomy) Surgical Procedure

Following A FaceLift or Rhytidectomy Surgery

Healing is gradual. In the weeks following a FaceLift or rhytidectomy surgery, it is common to feel numbness in the skin on the face and around the ear. Some temporary discoloration also may occur once the healing begins, which may take a few months to disappear. You can facilitate recovery by sleeping with your head elevated.

Though permanent damage to the facial nerve only occurs in the rarest of cases, occasionally, the facial nerve can be bruised during surgery, resulting in only a temporary loss of sensation or function. Desired results will normally appear within 6 months following just one FaceLift or rhytidectomy surgical procedure.

Questions & Answers

  • What types of FaceLifts are there?

    There are many different types of FaceLifts in terms of invasiveness, extent, and combinations. However, FaceLifts can be described as a procedure that affects the cheeks, jowls, and neck resulting in incisions placed in front and behind the ears.

  • Can a FaceLift be done with another procedure?

    Yes, sometimes. It depends on the extent of your procedure. Often, FaceLifts are done with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and Botox. Sometimes, they can be done with nose jobs (rhinoplasty). It is important to remember that healing times may vary and every case is different so your surgeon might suggest separate procedures if you plan on having multiple ones done.

  • How long will my FaceLift last?

    Your FaceLift should last you for years to come if you take good care of yourself and lead a healthy lifestyle. Your skin will be lifted to create a young and youthful appearance and should not sag again for a very long time.

  • Should I lose weight before or after my FaceLift?

    Any surgery should be done when you are at your best maintainable health. If you plan on losing weight, you need to lose it and make sure you are able to maintain it before you come in for your FaceLift. This is because your FaceLift will be designed for the body you have at the time of procedure, any changes could result in unfavourable outcomes later on.

  • Will I look like a different person?

    The most successful FaceLifts are those that create a look of youthfulness and rest. You will still look like you, but a happier, younger, well rested you.

  • How long does the healing process take?

    A full FaceLift procedure is quite complex and initial swelling can last up to 3 months. You also have to allow the full healing process to be completed, and then your muscles and tissue will naturally settle into their new positions. To see the completed result of your FaceLift, it takes about 6 to 12 months.

  • How do I sleep after a FaceLift?

    You should sleep with your head elevated above your heart after your FaceLift procedure. This prevents venous congestion at the surgical site and also prevents swelling from too much blood flow to the head.

  • Can I get my hair coloured after my FaceLift?

    Generally, you can resume colouring your hair 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. This is assuming that all of your incisions are healing properly and you have no openings or complications.

  • How long do I have to wait to fly after my FaceLift?

    We recommend you wait at least 2 weeks after this procedure, assuming it was not extensively complex. Flying prior to the 2-week mark you risk blood clotting and being affected by the change in air pressure. After 2 weeks, however, flying is generally safe.

  • Can smoking affect my FaceLift?

    Smoking and nicotine intake must be stopped months prior to your FaceLift. This is because nicotine can make you more prone to skin necrosis, poor healing, and other complications that can be avoided.