A rhytidectomy (often referred to as a facelift) is an excellent way to improve your appearance and reclaim your youth, but it isn’t for everyone. Here’s what you should know before you make a decision:
How does the procedure work?
During a normal rhytidectomy the patient is either under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. An incision is made near the temple behind the hairline and the skin will be lifted so that the surgeon can repair and tighten the underlying muscles and tissue. Excess fat and skin is removed and the skin is put back in place. Incisions are closed and the lines are hidden by the hair and contours of the face.
Normally the procedure takes 5-7 hours. There will be a few follow up appointments in the coming weeks, and most patients can return to work 3-4 weeks after the procedure.
When should you look for an alternative?
If the following statements apply to you, you should consider an alternative to a facelift.
- You are only looking for a subtle change.
- You do not want to have surgery.
- You do not have time to recover for 3-4 weeks.
Alternatives include injectable fillers, Botox, retinol cream, laser treatments, and more. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can help you find the best option for your specific goals and lifestyle.
When should you choose a rhytidectomy?
While a facelift procedure isn’t for everyone, it is an excellent option for some. If the following statements apply to you, you may want to consider a rhytidectomy:
- You are looking for a long-term solution that improves your appearance.
- You’d like to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, and creases.
- You are comfortable setting aside a few weeks for recovery.
- You would like to see a significant and noticeable improvement in your appearance.
A rhytidectomy can take years off of your appearance while eliminating wrinkles, improving your facial structure, and boosting your confidence. In some cases the procedure can be combined with other procedures such as facial implants to give you the best possible results. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alan Serure.