The facelift is one of the most sought-after plastic surgeries to reduce sagging, eliminate wrinkles and expression lines, and to remove excess skin caused by aging.
Also known as rhytidectomy, this technique aims to lift the face, soften wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of age, improving facial contours.
The procedure removes excess flaccid skin and readjusts muscles of the face and neck. The incisions are made in front of and behind the ears, close to the hairline, so that scars stay discreetly hidden.
The procedure is more often performed with local anesthesia, but in some cases, the administration of general anesthesia may be necessary.
The facelift may be done to the entire face or only partially. It can be divided into temporal, frontal, or cervical-facial. For that end, plastic surgeon André Nery M.D. is keen to point out that the method used is designed for the individual characteristics of each patient, aiming at achieving the best results. He also points out that it is possible to perform more than one procedure with the facelift, such as a blepharoplasty (eyelid correction) or chin liposuction to remove jowls.