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What Is A Facelift (Rhytidectomy)? Everything You Need To Know!

Reversing aging effects have become quite popular among Adults over 50 years of age in America. The look and shape of the face change with ...

by Lexie Kiara

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Reversing aging effects have become quite popular among Adults over 50 years of age in America. The look and shape of the face change with age. As we grow our skin loses its natural properties. Cells and tissues become dead over time causing skin to become more shaggy. Both men and women have undergone more facelift procedures over the past few years. Regardless of this successful technique, numerous methods have been introduced to look young. 

Half of the population has been struggling to obtain a younger look by using various skin care methods. However, facelift surgery has shown promising results for many of the candidates. Let’s take a look at this lower facelift surgery and its impact on the appearance. 

What Is FaceLift?

Face Lift also known as Rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgery performed on older people to create a younger appearance by reducing the shaggy skin loosened in the lower face. The skin in the lower part of the face such as cheeks and jawline is removed at the right measurement.


This helps the skin to become smooth and tighter. A facelift surgery may not correct the skin damage or protect it from UV rays. Although, it can address the shaggy skin problem and provide a quality look to the skin

How Does It Work?

This skin surgical procedure is performed in three steps. The three steps are carefully performed to get the desired results. The first step is to administer medications such as anesthesia to ease the pain during the medical procedure. It is administered by an anesthesia specialist. Once the medication takes over the body the next step is started. 

The second step is an incision, which is a procedure of lifting the skin and redistributing it from the face, jowls, and neck. The incision begins in the hairline and continues around the ear to the lower scalp. The excess skin is lifted and trimmed away. A second incision may be necessary under the chin to further tighten the skin to look more youthful.

The final step of the surgical procedure is to close the incision with sutures that might dissolve or may require to be removed after a few days. Skin glues and adhesives are used to seal the incisions. Once healed, there will be no marks of incisions or any wrinkles. 

How Long Does A Facelift Last?

Facelift surgeries are not permanent. However, the procedure has shown long-lasting effects. A facelift can give the face and neck a youthful look for around 10 years. The effects of the facelift are believed to be dropped again as the cells and tissues age.

Since there are no natural anti-aging properties, the surgical method is bound to provide only long-lasting results. We suggest not to expect any permanent results as no medication or surgical procedure has proven to deliver permanent changes. 

At the same time, it is equally important to maintain skin health after performing surgery. The results can be prolonged by taking care of the skin’s health. Following a skincare routine can help the skin to remain nourished and hydrated. Taking good care of the skin’s health can improve the overall quality of the skin

Is It Painful?

Facelift surgery may not be painful when it is taking place because of the sedative effects of the medication like anesthesia. The sedation effects may numb the skin and avoid getting any feeling of pain. The patient won’t feel any indication of pain during the surgery.

However, post-surgery experience may relate to a slight indication of pain as the skin may feel tight, bruised, and tender for several days. This discomfort subsides after a few days. Mild to moderate pain is experienced by the patients after the surgery. 

What Are The Risks Behind This Surgical Procedure?

Facelift surgery can cause complications if the surgery is not done correctly or because of inappropriate care or medication. However, there is no indication of long-term or permanent damage to the skin. The following are some of the mild risks behind this procedure:

  • Scarring
  • Hair loss
  • Hematoma
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Moderate pain

There is no indication of serious skin health complications after this surgery. The above-indicated issues are recovered in a few days with the help of proper skin care treatment, 

Final say

Facelift or Rhytidectomy is a cosmetic facial surgery to remove the excess skin. This operation is especially practiced to help older people look more youthful by redistributing the fat and tissues underlying the skin. It is carefully performed by certified dermatologists and surgeons.

This medical procedure does not harm the skin. It successfully eliminates the loose skin from the neck and jaw. It is a three-step painless procedure. During post-surgery, slight pain may be experienced while recovering. These pains are said to be subsidies over time. This skin care procedure has shown promising skin benefits in the long term. It is crucial to implement healthy skin care routines after the surgery to maintain the hydration and moisture of the skin, 

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