Also known as a Rhytidectomy
It is a fact of life that all of us age. But that doesn’t mean we no longer want to look our best. Rhytidectomy, more commonly referred to as a Facelift, can give you a significantly more youthful appearance.
The face lift was one of the first cosmetic procedures established and it’s popularity has increased year on year. Frequently, a facelift is combined with blepharoplasty (eye-bag surgery) or a brow lift which also referred to as a forehead lift.
Facelift is the term that describes a number of surgical procedures that do one or more of the following:
The outline of procedures documented are standard guides, suggesting that each patient’s procedure might vary slightly. This will be discusses on consultation.
This is the most basic facelift, it involves little more than a skin tuck.
First, the surgeon makes the standard facelift incision.
He then lifts and tightens the skin.
The wounds are then sutured. Occasionally, drains may be used.
The Mini-Lift has little, if any, effect on grooves running between the nose and mouth (naso-labial grooves). Depending on the amount of skin removed, the results may be more or less striking, and consequently last for varying periods of time.
During this procedure, the surgeon lifts the deeper layer of muscle (the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system or SMAS) in addition to the overlying skin.
This allows the structures in the lower face and neck to be sutured to bone higher on the face, hence tightening the sling running around the lower face and chin / neck.
Any excess fat may also be removed.
In this extension to the conventional SMAS procedure, the surgeon lifts the whole of the skin and SMAS layer all the way to the nose, totally elevating it from the cheek structures beneath. Consequently, the mid-face is improved considerably by this procedure, as are the nasolabial grooves.
This operation generally involves an extended SMAS lift, to which a browlift and possibly lower eyelid surgery are added.
This modern technique is a more extensive procedure. Sometimes referred to as a Subperiosteal Facelift, the procedure involves a hair-band type incision, which is taken right down through the covering of the bone to allow the deeper layers of the face to be lifted.
Incisions are made within the mouth to release the structures of the cheek.