With time, the jaw line grows slack and jowly, deep creases appear along with folds and fat deposits around the neck. A facelift (or rhytidectomy) improves the most visible signs of aging by lifting and tightening the structures afflicted by the years.
It can be done under local or general anaesthesia. The decision regarding the proper technique to use will be made with the help of the surgeon. The incisions are hidden above the hairline (at the temples and lower scalp), and behind the earlobes. The scar is thus almost entirely hidden.
The skin is lifted, separating it from the fat and muscle. The muscles are then carefully tightened to preserve the facial expression. If necessary, a removal of the excess fat can also be performed at the same time to redefine the neck, the chin and the cheeks.
The excess skin is then removed and the incisions are carefully closed again. The bandages and the drains will be removed the following day. The procedure can last from two to four hours, depending on the corrections to be made.
The bruising and most of the swelling disappear within 2 weeks. The risks of complications that can occur include infections, hematoma, weakness in the facial muscles, numbness of the skin or necrosis. However, complications are very rare and are lower than 1%.
The cervicofacial facelift offers a significant rejuvenation. It can be done in conjunction with a forehead lift to correct falling eyebrows or a blepharoplasty. Some patients may profit from a mini facelift. This operation is quicker than the conventional facelift and the scars are smaller. However it does not apply to everyone and a preliminary evaluation is necessary before planning any facelift. A facelift and a threadlift are two different things Threadlift®).