A Face Lift is among the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Technically known as a rhytidectomy, the process can help reverse the effects of age, gravity, genetics and sun damage, among others.
Though there are different face lift techniques, the procedure is fundamentally the same in each case. In all cases, small incisions are made in the inconspicuous area of the hair line at the temple and around the ear towards the earlobe.
After the incision is made, the skin and muscle of the face are separated from the deeper facial tissue. If required, surgeons will perform liposuction, or fat removal in cheeks, chin, jaw and nasolabial folds. Excess tissue can be removed or redistributed and re-draped to areas that require more volume and shape. The muscle and skin is then drawn back towards the opening incision, giving the face a more tightened appearance.
Recovery time: 5 days to 2 weeks.