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

2. During the procedure

The procedure begins by making an incision in the skin of your face. The surgeon has many options to do incision, as follow:

The traditional facelift incision:

The incision starts in the hairline at your template then continues around and in front of your ears. Then, it ends in the lower scalp behind your ear. Your surgeon may also do a small incision in your chin to improve the appearance of the neck.

This incision is for people who complain of moderate to significant aging signs and want optimal improvement.

The limited incision:

It is an alternative to the traditional incision and shorter than it. It begins in the hairline of your template (just above your ear) and continues in front of your ear. But, this incision doesn’t extend to the lower scalp as the traditional one.

This incision is for those with less skin sagging and aging signs, and its results are less rejuvenating than the traditional one.

The neck lift incision:

This incision starts in front of your ear lobe, continues behind your ears, and ends in the lower scalp. The surgeon will also make a small incision in your chin.

This incision triggers the sagging jowls, relaxed neck skin, and the accumulating fat under the chin.

The type and size of the incision depend on which type of facelift procedures you will undergo.