Facelift or Rhytidectomy

A face-lift is a cosmetic surgical method to create a youthful appearance on your face. Your skin will be tighter, firmer and fresher looking. Your appearance will enhance your self-esteem and confidence. You will observe that wrinkles and the effects of exposure to the sun have disappeared. The results of facelift surgery can last for up to 10 years.

What Is A Facelift?

A face-lift, or Rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that improves noticeable signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Jowls developing in the jaw and cheeks
  • Relaxation of the skin causing sagging
  • Fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth get deeper
  • Fat that has disappeared
  • Loose skin
  • Too much fat of the neck can appear as a double chin or “turkey neck”

The loss of face contours can be due to various factors. It includes:

  • Sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Loss of facial fat
  • Gravity
  • Heredity and stress

Why It’s Done

The appearance of your face is changed because of normal age-related alteration. These changes can be reduced with a face-lift surgery, include the following:

  • Sagging appearance of your cheeks
  • Excess skin at your lower jawline
  • Deepening of the fold of skin from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth
  • Drooping skin and excess fat in the neck

Worldwide Ratio of Women To Men For Facelift

  • Female

Total number of females who undergo for Rhytidectomy procedure are 349,119 (87.5%)

  • Male

Face-lift procedures performed on men were 49,679   (12.5%).The age include:

  • Age 20-29 : 6%
  • Age 30-39:8%
  • Age 40-54: 21%
  • Age 55 and over:65%

Rhytidectomy And Some Global Facts About It

  • Facial rejuvenation procedures continue to experience growth, since 2017
  • Around 120,000 facelift procedures were performed in 2016.
  • It is Best for Loose skin, deep lines, wrinkles, jowls
  • Facelift procedure is most common in age 50 and over.
  • Length of procedure is 2-3 hours
  • You need to take break from office for up to two weeks
  • Brazil 448,085 12.5% is the top country for the facelift procedures
  • In USA the total percentage of procedures are 10.3%, Mexico 5.2% , India , 4.9%.
  • Total procedures of facelift carried out worldwide are 398,798
  • It is the 5th common procedure among men

Rhytidectomy In Pakistan And Some Facts About It:

  • Rhytidectomy is one of the most popular elective surgical procedures in Pakistan.
  • 3% procedures in 2017 were performed on men.
  • More than half of the procedures were performed on people over 50.
  • The total number of facelifts increased over 25% in the last two decades.

Who Is A Best Candidate For A Facelift?

Normally, best candidates for a facelift include:

  • Healthy person who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a realistic approach & positive outlook and expectations

What Should I Anticipate During A Consultation For A Facelift?

During your consultation with surgeon, be prepared to discuss following:

  • Your surgical goals and medical treatments
  • Current use of alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Your previous surgeries, Medications, vitamins, herbal supplements,

Your Surgeon Will Also:

  • Discuss your facelift options
  • Examine and measure your face
  • Evaluate your health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs of your face
  • Recommend you a course of treatment
  • Consider likely outcomes of a facelift
  • Talk about the type of anesthesia that will be used during surgery

What Questions Should I Discuss With My Plastic Surgeon About Face-Lift Surgery?

Use this checklist during your facelift consultation with your doctor:

  • Are you a certified Plastic Surgeon?
  • Were you especially trained in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of training have you had in cosmetic surgery?
  • Do you have hospital experience to perform this procedure?
  • Is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a best candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be anticipated of me to get the best results?
  • Where will you perform my surgery?
  • What surgical technique suits for me?
  • How long of a recovery period should I anticipate?
  • What are the complications related with a face-lift?
  • How can I anticipate my face to look over time?
  • What are my other choices if I am not satisfied with result of my face-lift?
  • Do you have before-and-after photographs of facelift?

What Are The Risks Of Facelift Surgery?

The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely private. Only you can decide it for yourself. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully acknowledge potential complications.

Face-lift risks are rare but include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Anesthesia risks
  • skin loss
  • Facial weakness
  • Permanent hair loss at the incisions
  • Numbness
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Constant pain
  • Unfriendly scarring
  • swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Stitches may become visible or create irritation that require removal

How Should I Prepare For A Facelift?

In preparing for a facelift, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing
  • Take specific medications
  • Apply certain products to the facial skin
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop taking herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase bleeding

You must arrange for a family member to drive you to and from hospital and to stay with you.

What Are The Steps Of A Facelift Procedure?

face-lift procedure includes the following steps:

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Various other procedures can further boost the outcome of a facelift. They include:

Step 2 – The incision

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Step 4 –Results

What Should I Anticipate During My Facelift Recovery?

Rhytidectomy can be done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility.

Before the procedure

Sometimes the procedure is done with local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia is recommended.

During The Procedure

In general, a face-lift involves elevating the skin and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. Fat in the face and neck may be sculpted and redistributed. Excess skin is removed, and the wound is stitched or taped closed.

The incisions for the procedure depend on the techniques and the patient’s preferences. Options include:

  • A traditional face-lift incision
  • A limited incision
  • Neck lift incision

After The Procedure

After a face-lift, you may experience:

  • Mild to moderate pain
  • Drainage from the incisions
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness

Contact your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Chest pain
  • Serious pain on one side of your face or neck
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeats

In the first few days after surgery:

  • Rest with your head elevated
  • Take pain medication as recommended by your doctor
  • Apply cool packs to the face to ease pain and reduce swelling

Follow-up appointments

You will have several follow-up appointments scheduled during the next two months after surgery. They will include the following:

  • After your surgery, your doctor will likely remove your drainage tube, apply antibiotics and place new bandages on your neck & face.
  • After 2-3 days your face-lift, you may be able to switch from wearing bandages to wearing an elasticized facial sling.
  • After 7 days of your surgery, your doctor will remove your stitches.
  • Successive visits will likely be scheduled to observe your progress.


Self-care at home during the first 3- weeks will help you in recovery:

  • Do not pick at crusting scabs that develop on your wound.
  • Follow instructions on when you can begin using shampoo and soaps and what kinds you can use.
  • Wear clothes that fasten in the front
  • Avoid excessive pressure or motion on and around the incisions.
  • Avoid using makeup.
  • Stop aerobic activity or sports.
  • Stay away from direct sun exposure to the incision for 3-4 weeks
  • Avoid coloring, perming or bleaching hair for at least 6 weeks.



A Rhytidectomy can give your face and neck a more youthful appearance. Rhytidectomy results are not permanent. With age, the facial skin may begin to sag again. In short, a face-lift can be expected to last for 10 years.

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