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With advancing age, the face begins to lose its elasticity, its firmness and its triangular shape. This results in the face no longer having the clean youthful lines but looking droopier and emptier. For the “return” of the “architecture” of the face to a more youthful image, the treatment of choice is the Facelift.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy- wrinkleoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the visible signs of aging on the face and neck. During the procedure, the excess skin is removed, and the muscles of the face and neck are lifted and tightened (SMAS lift). A facelift can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures, such as brow lift, liposuction, blepharoplasty, or rhinoplasty.

Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?

Patients who are in good general health and are bothered by signs of aging in the mid and lower face are suitable candidates for a Facelift.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure lasts 2 to 4 hours depending on the problem.

What anesthesia is needed?

Surgery is done under general anesthesia and the patient leaves the hospital the next day.

How long does recovery take?

In the first days after the procedure, there is swelling, a slight discomfort and a moderate pain, which subsides with taking a simple painkiller. The swelling and ecchymoses gradually subside in the 2nd to 3rd week, while the face fully recovers in about 10 weeks.

Are there obvious incisions?

Incisions for a facelift usually start above the hairline at the temple and extend into a natural crease inside the ear and continue behind the earlobe into the hairline. In several months, the scars will soften and become barely visible.

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