What is a Rhytidectomy?

If you’ve never heard the term ‘rhytidectomy’ you’re not alone. A rhytiedectomy is usually referred to as a face lift. Keep reading to learn more about this procedure.

What are the benefits of a rhytidectomy?
There are many benefits commonly associated with a rhytidectomy. Some benefits include:
• A face lift can eliminate the signs of aging and turn back the clock
• It will reduce the appearance wrinkles and fine lines
• It can make your face look thinner
• It can boost your self-confidence
• It can help you look and feel more attractive

RhytidectomyWhat is the procedure like?
During the procedure, you will be under anesthesia so you don’t have to worry about pain or stress. The procedure usually takes a few hours and some patients stay overnight in the hospital, while others return home later the same day.

In most cases, an incision is made near the hairline by the temple although it can be made in other places depending on the desired end result. Then the muscles and tissue underneath the skin are tightened. Excess skin may be removed and in some cases fat is removed. After this is done, the skin is placed back over the face. After this is complete, the incisions will be closed.

What can you expect during recovery?
Recovering from a facelift isn’t very painful or difficult, but you will need to set aside some time for healing. In most cases, you should make arrangements for someone else to drive you home after the procedure.

Plan on taking about two weeks off of work while your face heals since there may be some swelling and bruising. Although there will probably not be a lot of serious pain, your doctor will likely prescribe some pain medications to help you manage whatever pain there is. Using a cold compress can also help reduce pain, swelling, and bruising in your face. You should also probably sleep with your head a little bit elevated. It is important to carefully follow the instructions of your doctor as you heal.

To learn more about the rhytidectomy process, schedule a consultation with at The Cleft & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center.

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