If you’ve started noticing visible signs of aging, a Facelift procedure or Rhytidectomy may be a good option for you. If you’ve exhausted all non-invasive procedures such as botox and facial fillers, then a facelift can help give you smoother, tighter skin. Facelifts can lift and firm, sagging skin for a more natural youthful appearance. This procedure is often referred to as “turning back the clock” because it can help patients look like a younger version of themselves by removing excess sagging skin, smoothing deep folds, and lifting and tightening the deep facial tissues. There are different versions of a Facelift to address different issues and concerns that the patient may have.
A mini facelift is ideal for those patients who have just started to show signs of aging or for patients intimidated by the idea of a complete facelift. A mini facelift is not as extensive as a full facelift; therefore has a quicker and easier recovery with less scarring. This procedure focuses on the lower half of the face, targeting sagging skin around the neck and jawline.
The standard facelift is the most complex version of the facelift as this procedure targets the lower face, mid-face, and neck area. Although the recovery is more prolonged and more extensive, the results are more dramatic. In addition, a facelift can help to improve the sagging appearance of the cheeks and neck, excess skin on the lower jawline, and the deepening of the fold of skin from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth.
After a facelift procedure, patients can return to everyday activities after two weeks, but strenuous exercise will have to wait until four weeks post-op. Bruising and swelling will be at their worse after about two days and barely noticeable after 10 to 14 days. As before, it’s critical to protect your face from the sun as you’ll be extra vulnerable to burn for weeks after surgery.