A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a type of facial plastic surgery that can help reduce the signs of aging. As with other types of facial plastic surgery, it cannot stop the aging process, but it can restore a more youthful look to your face and neck.

Realistic expectations and a good state of health are important for someone considering facial plastic surgery. A qualified facial plastic surgeon can help you decide your best options.

During the consultation with your doctor, some things you will discuss include:

  • Your medical history
  • Your attitude toward the surgery
  • The nature of the surgical procedure
  • Your anticipated results
  • Possible limitations

Your surgeon may find that other procedures might be needed to achieve you best appearance. For instance, a person may show age-related changes around the eyes as well as in the lower face. In this case, eyelid surgery or a browlift may also be recommended.

Planning for Surgery

Once you have decided upon surgery, your doctor will explain to you:

  • The surgical technique(s) that will be used
  • Pros and cons of the surgery, including potential complications
  • The anesthesia you will receive
  • Surgical facility options
  • The cost of the procedure

Photographs will be taken so your surgeon can study your face and use them in surgery as a reference point. Individual risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cigarette smoking, are evaluated, and appropriate recommendations are made.

You will also receive a list of post-operative instructions so you know what to do and what to expect following surgery

Recovery generally takes two to three weeks. Your surgeon will advise you to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks following surgery. The average person may return to work or go out socially at 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, although individuals may vary in their recovery time.