Rhytidectomy, commonly known as facelift, is a plastic surgery procedure aimed at reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and other telltale signs of aging on the face. The procedure typically involves lifting and tightening of the underlying weak facial muscles to build fuller and enhanced contours and revitalize the facial structure.
The cosmetic surgeon will also remove excess fat deposits and loose skin to restore a more youthful looking facial appearance. Dr. Gary Motykie is a board certified plastic surgeon providing facelift surgery and other procedures of the breast, body, and face. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Types of Facelift
Facelift plastic surgery can be performed in different ways to meet the unique aesthetic needs of a patient.
Traditional Full Facelift
This is a comprehensive procedure involving a combination of lower, mid, and upper facelifts. The surgery is designed to restore more defined facial features, reducing lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, and produce a youthful and natural looking facial appearance. A full facelift procedure may be more suited in case of older patients who wish to achieve a rejuvenated facial look.
The procedure will involve a relatively longer incision, through which the cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin, redistribute or remove excess fat tissue, and tightening underlying muscles. Dr. Motykie is an experienced plastic surgeon providing full facelift and other types of facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas.
Partial or Mini Facelift
The goal of a partial or mini facelift surgery is to restore definition to the jaw line, which may have been lost due to sagging facial skin. This technique is efficient, but not extensive like a full facelift. The surgeon will place the incision around the ears. The skin as well as SMAS, which is the thin layer of tissue and muscle just below the skin, will be lifted through the incision.
Neck lift may be performed alone or in conjunction with full or partial facelift. The procedure involves skin and muscle tightening in the neck area. The muscles in this case extend from the chin to the collar bones. The incisions can be placed around the ears to perform a neck lift, or separate incisions may be placed beneath the chin.
The area extending from the cheekbones to the jaw can be addressed with a mid-facelift procedure. The surgeon will place incisions similar to that of a mini facelift, and will tighten the skin and SMAS through the incisions. The horizontal pull of the skin and SMAS will achieve a lift of about two to four centimeters. In some cases, upper facelift procedures such as brow lift may also be performed with a mid-facelift.
Recovery will vary according to the extent of surgery performed and the technique used. In most cases, patients will experience mild bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the first few days. Patients can go to work or resume their regular activities in about a week to 10 days. However, vigorous activities should be avoided for at least four weeks.
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