Facelift (Rhytidectomy) | What Is It, Steps, Recovery, Complications & What to Expect

What can the facelift do, and what can’t?

Each person -who gets older- experiences natural age-related changes in facial appearance. With age, your skin (involving that of the face) becomes looser and less elastic. Also, fat distribution in your body changes. It will increase in some areas and decrease in others, like the face. The facelift can restore (or reduce) some of these age-related signs and can’t correct others.

It can restore (or reduce):

    • The sagging appearance of the face and cheeks due to the relaxation of the skin
    • The deep crease lines (or fold) that extend from the nose to the angle of the mouth
    • Jowls, which are excess or drooping skin at cheeks or lower jawline
    • The low (or disappeared) fat content
    • Sagging skin and extra fat in the neck that makes the double chin appearance (the procedure should include a neck lift)

As we said before, it is just cosmetic restorative surgery. It can’t stop the aging process or change the whole appearance of your face.

It can’t treat:

    • The superficial wrinkles
    • The creases around the nose and upper lips
    • Sun damage
    • Irregularities in the skin color