A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, is an aesthetic skin care procedure designed to restore your facial features to their former youthful appearance. It's one of the most well-known procedures for fighting off the impact of gravity and time.

The Science Behind Facelifts

Facelifts work by removing excess skin, smoothing out folds or wrinkles, and tightening facial tissues. They do not include a brow or eye lift, although these might be performed at the same time. This surgical process reshapes the lower half of your face by eliminating sagging skin. To note, you may also hear this procedure referred to as meloplasty or cervicofacial rhytidectomy.

Who Should Consider a Facelift?

People who are experiencing facial sagging because of age or rapid weight loss might consider a facelift. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve. Non-smokers with good overall health conditions are ideal candidates for this aesthetic skincare procedure.

Types of Facelift Procedures

There are several types of facelift procedures available depending on individual needs:

  • Traditional full facelift: Offers comprehensive treatment and it’s best for people with sagging neck skin, deep wrinkles or those seeking major rejuvenation.
  • Limited-incision facelift: Also known as mini-facelift, it involves smaller incisions and offers faster recovery than full facelift.
  • Neck lift: Specifically targets sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin.
  • Non-surgical facelift: Uses fillers, BOTOX injections or laser treatments to improve the appearance of wrinkles and restore facial volume.

Facelift Procedure and Recovery

A facelift procedure usually takes between two to five hours. The patient may be under local or general anesthesia. Once done, expect some swelling and bruising which will dissipate in a few weeks.

Recovery time varies but expect your face to feel tender and tight for several weeks. Most people can return to work within two weeks after surgery, but strenuous physical activity must be avoided for at least two weeks.

Risks Associated with Facelift

Although facelifts are generally safe procedures, there are potential risks involved like bleeding, infection, scarring, loss of hair around the incision sites among others. It's strongly recommended that you discuss these with your surgeon prior to operation.


To sum it up, a facelift is an effective way to regain a youthful look. Yet it remains crucial that you have a consultation with a certified plastic surgeon before making any decisions regarding aesthetic skincare procedures.

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