A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a surgical solution to the wrinkles and sagging that accompany aging. A more youthful appearance is achieved by tightening the underlying facial muscles and gently pulling the skin tighter, smoothing deep lines and minimizing sagging. A facelift is frequently combined with another procedure, such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery or skin peels, to further rejuvenate the appearance of the patient.
Swelling, redness and bruising are normal after surgery but most patients can return to work within two weeks. Healing is complete and the final results are often apparent within twelve weeks.