What is a facelift?
A facelift, also called rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck.
Short description of the procedure
A procedure performed under local anaesthesia with minimal sedation.
During the procedure, the skin is elevated and the underlying tissues and muscles are tightened. The fat in the face and neck is either sculpted, removed or redistributed. After that, we re-drape the facial skin over the new contours of the face. We stitch the wound and remove the excess skin.
How long does the procedure last?
3 to 4 hours
What about the recovery?
Patients will experience discomfort that can be relieved with medication. Two days after the surgery, you should expect bruising & swelling to be at its worst. Sutures are removed 7 days after the surgery but it takes around 2 weeks to recover. After 4 weeks, you’re good as new!
You are asked to wear a facial band day and night for 14 days then only when you are sleeping for an additional 30 days.
Possible Facelift complications
Like any surgery, there are possible complications: hematoma, scarring, skin loss, hair loss & nerve injury.