Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

A facelift is an operation to tighten and lift the skin and soft tissues of your lower face and neck to create a tighter and smoother look and more youthful appearance.

What happens?

There are several different types of facelift.  The technique will depend on what area of your face and neck is being lifted. Your surgeon will talk through the various options with you.

A facelift is performed under a general anaesthetic and you will usually need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.  Expect to have swelling and bruising of the face after surgery.  Cold compresses can help relieve these side effects.  Your surgeon may also instruct you to keep your head elevated and still as much as possible.

Your stitches are usually removed within 5 to 10 days.  At around four weeks you will be feeling more like your normal self.  However the full effect of a facelift may not be visible for 6 to 9 months after the procedure.

What are the risks?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications.  Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

Specific complications of a facelift may include:

• Loss of skin or hair
• Developing a collection of blood under the skin (haematoma)
• Developing pale or dark areas on your face
• Damage to the facial nerve
• Cosmetic problems