As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of everyday life are seen on the face. Some of the effects include deep creases between the nose and mouth, a jowl-like jaw line, and slack skin and/or extra fat on the neck. A facelift can help turn back the clock on these effects by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of the face and neck.
The procedure can be done under general anesthesia. Rhytidectomy usually takes four to six hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. It is normally performed as an outpatient procedure. Often, this is done at the same time as eyelid surgery.
After surgery, the face may feel tight and sore; however, the discomfort is easily controlled with medication. The head will need to be elevated for a few days. Activity should be limited for two weeks, and strenuous activities should be limited for four to six weeks.
Most people feel ready to go back in public (and back to work) in two to three weeks. After surgery, the face has a fresher, more youthful look.