Facelift (Rhytidectomy or Lifting)

The facelift should seem to be natural making the patient looks younger, more refreshed and rejuvenated, without altering his/her facial features and without showing that the face has been "undergone a surgery" (face lift look) and looking "strange" to the patient’s social environment.

What Facelift Techniques Are Available?
The facelift techniques are individualized according to the patient's expectations, anatomy, age and habits (e.g. smoking, sun exposure).
For the patient who wants a quick recovery or he/she is relatively young (about 40-45 years old), it is used the Macs-lift or some kind of preauricular lift (mini lift). But, as usually a mini lift gives mini results and mini length of time, in most of the cases, the patient needs a total lift in combination with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or/and forehead (brow) lifting (or browplasty) that provides longer or/and more intense effects without altering the facial features.

How Long Does a Facelift Last?
This question is quite difficult to be answered because everyone has different skin and tissues quality as well as different habits (sun exposure, smoking).
Unfortunately, the ‘real-time clock’ does not stop to work and the patient continues to age even after the surgery.
Nevertheless, the patient looks younger, more relaxed and "rejuvenated" even after 10-15 years.
If the patient wishes, he/she can make a small correction (a little skin removal) after a decade.

What Type of Anesthesia is Used for a Facelift?
A facelift procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. In less severe and extended surgeries (mini lift), it can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

How Long Will The Patient Need to Stay in the Hospital After a Facelift?
As a precaution, patients must stay in the hospital for one night after surgery. Any facial drainage tubes will be removed the day following surgery; the patient may gently shampoo his/her hair and leave the hospital without bandages. In less severe and extended surgeries (mini lift), the patient may return home the same day.

Are There Incisions After a Facelift?
Yes. The incision starts behind the hairline at the temples without removing any hair and continues in front of and behind the ears ending into the hairline again. In some cases, it can be performed a small incision under the chin in order to suture the muscles in the midline.

How Long Will The Patient Have Bandages?
Only for the first 24 hours after surgery. Once the bandages are removed, the patient may gently shampoo his/her hair and lightly applies an antibiotic ointment to the incision lines once daily.