Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)
Of all facial cosmetic surgery procedures, facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) has the most dramatic capacity to improve and rejuvenate the aging face. As face lifting addresses the typical results of aging, patients concerned about the aged appearance of their cheeks, jowls, jaw line, and neck are the best candidates for surgery. The popularity of face lifting and its evolution have resulted in the development of a variety of different incisions and techniques, including the “mini lift.”
Regardless of the technique employed, the operation involves four stages: the incision, the elevation of the skin, the repositioning of the facial muscles and fat, and closure. Incisions that minimize the movement of any facial hair (especially in the temple region) and meticulous closure techniques leave an imperceptible scar. The goal is to ensure a long lasting, natural-looking, and rejuvenated appearance. Adjunctive procedures may be employed in addition to rhytidectomy in order to achieve an optimal outcome, including brow lifting, mid face lifting, and chin and cheek augmentation.
At Mount Sinai, face lift surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis at our private, Ambulatory Surgery Center. Face lift surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Prior to surgery patients are given instructions regarding medications and how to prepare for their recovery. After surgery, patients are usually given a short course of antibiotics and mild pain medication as some mild discomfort may persist for the first few days. Patients should expect to return to work or social activities within one to two weeks after surgery. We do ask that patients avoid strenuous activities for two weeks after surgery.
While cost is always a concern, insurance generally does not cover surgery or treatment that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. We provide patients with expected costs prior to any intervention.