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

3. After the incision

The principal goal of rhytidectomy is to reshape the contour of your face. The surgeon elevates the skin and tightens the underlying supporting structures of your face and neck. Then, he will sculpt, remove, or redistribute the fat in your face to give you the desired (or expected) appearance. Finally, your surgeon closes the skin over the newly repositioned facial contour and removes the excess skin. This procedure is the traditional facelift procedure. 

There are other procedures to do the facelift, as follows:

A) SMAS facelift:

SMAS abbreviation refers to the muscular layer of the face (superficial muscular aponeurotic system). In this procedure, your surgeon tightens your muscles and removes the excess skin in the lower two-thirds of your face and cheeks. It’s a variation from traditional surgery.

B) Deep plane facelift:

The surgeon elevates the skin, fat, and muscles as a single unit. Your surgeon uses this procedure to handle multiple areas of your face at the same operation.

C) Mid-facelift:

This procedure targets your face at the cheek area.

D) Mini-facelift:

This procedure targets the lower face and neck. It’s less invasive and quicker than the others. Surgeons recommend this procedure for younger people with early aging signs, like sagging.

Your doctor will discuss all of these various procedures and incisions with you. Together you will plan a surgery that suits your condition and meets your goals with the least possible risks. Generally, more aging signs require more significant surgery.

Many people undergo other plastic procedures at the same time as plastic surgery, such as:

    • Facial implants
    • Brow lift
    • Rhinoplasty (Nose job)
    • Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)
    • Skin resurfacing with a laser
    • Liquid facelift (with injectable dermal fillers)
    • Chemical peel
    • Jawline rejuvenation

The facelift usually takes about two to four hours, but it may last longer if you undergo other procedures at the same time.