Facelift surgery, or a rhytidectomy, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower face and neck. It involves tightening of the facial and neck muscles as well as the removal of any excess skin.
Skin can begin to wrinkle and sag as a result of age, sun exposure, smoking and genetics. Children and young adults have smooth, round faces due to evenly distributed fatty tissues with good skin elasticity in facial contours. Over time, the skin sags, and facial volume is lost and folds/wrinkles around the chin, jawline and neck begin to form.
A facelift is frequently performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, forehead lift, chin/cheek augmentation, and/or conservative liposuction, to create an overall rejuvenation of the face. It is often very rejuvenating to combine facelift procedures with fat grafting to the face to restore the facial volume that is lost with aging.
Dr. Mohamed will typically perform facelift surgery under general anesthesia, however, it can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Incisions inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Incisions are closed with small sutures. The procedure may take up to 3-4 hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time.