ProvidersF. Brian Gibson, MD, FACS *
* = Fellowship Trained
What is a rhytidectomy?
A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to make people look younger. It is often performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. Different types of facelifts exist, mostly due to the type of incision and what area of the face is being treated. A consultation with a doctor will determine what kind of rhytidectomy is best.
Facelifts usually involve the removal of excess facial skin and redraping the remaining skin on the patient’s face and neck. Sometimes underlying tissues are also tightened and some fat is removed.
Traditionally incisions are made in front of the ear and extend to the temple. They are usually along the hairline or another location where the skin naturally creases and the incision wouldn’t show.
Rhytidectomies are usually outpatient procedures, though occasionally patients can spend a night in the hospital. They are done under general anesthesia or with an intravenous sedative and local anesthesia.
Patients’ faces are bandaged after surgery, and the dressings are usually removed after one or two days. Any drainage tubes would also be removed then. Stitches would be removed after five to 10 days.
Pain medicines may be prescribed after surgery. Swelling and bruising is common, and cold compresses can help relieve those side effects. Patients often find their faces feel stiff and look strange at first. Skin can often feel numb, rough, or dry for a few months after surgery.
It is important to avoid smoking and second-hand smoke for two to four weeks before and after surgery. Tobacco smoke increases the risk of skin and tissue death, will delay the healing process, and make scarring worse.
CEENTA has physicians in the SouthPark location offering rhytidectomy consultations. They are trained in the most up-to-date technology and treatment options and will come up with a care plan personalized for your needs.