Rhytidectomy, commonly known as facelift surgery, is a procedure performed by a cosmetic surgeon to reduce the wrinkles and sagging skin from the face and restore a more youthful facial and jaw appearance. The procedure involves removal of excess skin and redistribution of fat to lift, tighten and smooth the facial skin and underlying muscles.
Face is an aesthetically complex area of the body and the most prominent area at the same time. Therefore, it is important to choose only an experienced plastic surgeon with proven skills and a successful track record of performing facelift. Dr. Paul McCluskey is a leading plastic surgeon who receives patients from in and around Roswell and Atlanta, GA for facelift and other procedures.
Any adult who is bothered by the appearance of facial wrinkles, lines and creases or a sagging face due to weak underlying facial muscles may be a good candidate for facelift surgery. The best candidates will have some degree of elasticity in the skin in order to achieve optimal outcomes with facelift. The underlying facial bone structure should be healthy and robust enough to sustain and contribute to desirable results.
Facelift may be performed using one of several surgical techniques, depending on the unique needs of a patient. The cosmetic surgeon will discuss all options with the patient while preparing a surgical plan. Dr. McCluskey provides facelift to patients in Roswell, Atlanta, GA and nearby areas in a state of the art surgical environment.
The endoscopic facelift technique involves the use of a tiny camera attached to one end of an endoscope. This camera is inserted into the targeted area through an incision, and the plastic surgeon can view the underlying facial structures on a screen. This ensures more precise surgery with a smaller incision. Three small incisions are usually involved in this technique to remove excess tissue and lift the sagging muscles.
If the patient only requires tightening of facial skin, it may be performed with a cutaenous facelift. It involves a longer incision made along the hairline to keep the scarring discreet. The surgeon will lift the skin through the incision, remove the loose skin and re-drape it tightly and smoothly at a higher position.
SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Technique
SMAS facelift is among the most popular facelift techniques today because it produces deeper and longer lasting results. The surgeon will remove loose skin as well as lift and tighten the underlying muscle structure to improve facial contour. Results are more natural looking with SMAS technique.
Facelift surgery may be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. In most cases, it is performed as an outpatient surgery.
Most patients will experience mild pain and discomfort in the first week. Patients are encouraged to perform light movement at home from the second day of the surgery. They can usually return to their normal routine or go back to work in about 10 to 14 days. Vigorous exercises and lifting of heavy weights should be avoided for at least a month.