Full Face Lift
A full facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a comprehensive surgical procedure that aims to provide a youthful appearance to the face. It does so by reducing wrinkles, tightening loose skin, and restoring the natural contours of the face. This procedure is typically chosen by those who wish to combat signs of aging that are more extensive, involving the face’s entire lower two-thirds, from the forehead down through the neck.
During a full facelift, the surgeon makes an incision typically beginning in the hairline at the temples, continuing around the ear and ending in the lower scalp. Through these incisions, the surgeon separates the skin from the underlying tissues, repositions the fat and muscle, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. The underlying muscle and connective tissue are often tightened and repositioned, and excess skin is trimmed away.
Post-procedure, patients may experience some bruising and swelling, which generally subsides in a few weeks. Most people can return to work and social activities within two weeks, although strenuous activities should be avoided for about a month. A full facelift can significantly rejuvenate a person’s appearance, boosting self-confidence and making one look as young and vibrant as they feel on the inside.