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Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

A Facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure designed to remove loose skin from your face and neck and reduce the signs of aging in the facial area, giving you a more youthful appearance. The operation involves reducing the creases from the nose and mouth, the slacking jaw line, sagging jowls and fat deposits around the neck by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the underlying muscles and then redraping the skin on the neck and facial areas.

Good candidates for facelift surgery are those who:

• Have face and neck skin that has begun to sag, but still possess good skin elasticity
• Have strong and well-defined bone structure
• Experience the loss of a well-defined jaw line from jowls
• Have deep wrinkles in the cheeks
• Have loose skin, wrinkles or excess fatty tissue in the neck

A facelift is performed by making an incision around the natural contour of the ear, around the earlobe and inside the hairline. This helps conceal scar visibility. An incision can easily be masked by makeup or hair. A small incision may be made under your chin to deflate and tighten the structures in your neck. Dr. Valauri also offers the Short-scar facelift which can achieve improvement with less visible scarring than with the conventional facelift incisions. After the surgery you may have to have a draining tube to allow excess fluid to empty from the incision. Your bandage will stay in place for 1-2 days. You may experience some increased swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Most bruising will subside in about 2 weeks. Some numbness may occur initially, but resolves with time. The stitches will remain until your one week follow-up visit.

Since each individual has his or her own unique facial features, physical reactions and healing abilities, the type of facelift performed and final results will vary with each patient. Facelift surgery can be combined with eyelid surgery and or a forehead and brow lift to provide a total facial rejuvenation. Additionally, various implants for the cheek or chin may be suggested to enhance your overall aesthetic balance.


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