What is a facelift?

A rhytidectomy, which is more commonly known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure that is undertaken to address signs of ageing in the face and the neck due to the effects of gravity, hereditary traits passed on from one’s parents, as well as stress and unfavorable environmental conditions.  These can manifest in deep creases below lower eyelids and along the nose, fat that has fallen, skin tone loss in the lower face that results in jowl and/or loose skin under the jaw/chin, as well as sagging in the mid-face.  Such surgical procedures are usually outpatient procedures, requiring anesthesia (either general or through IV sedation) and that take about two hours.  This procedure does not provide relief for signs of aging in the brows, eyelids and some parts of the mid-face, hence it is commonly performed in conjunction with either a brow lift and/or eyelid surgery.  And for those desiring even more extensive rejuvenation, facelifts can be done together with injectable soft-tissue fillers, skin resurfacing, and facial implants.