Most people begin to see changes in their appearance as gravity pulls skin that loses elastic fibers, collagen and fat deposits underneath. This procedure corrects sags and wrinkle by creating a youthful look. Skin and muscle are repositioned in the face and neck areas.
Typically, rhytidectomy is performed in a surgical center through local anesthetic and intravenous anesthesia. A plastic surgeon makes incisions behind and around the ear to remove excess skin. The surgical scar is hidden within the normal outline of the skin.
Results usually take six months to become noticeable. Most patients can return to mild activities approximately 14 days after a facelift surgery. Swelling and bruising are minimized when patients closely follow post-operative instructions.