Rhytidectomy/Face Lift

Face lifts, technically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Some of the most visible signs of aging begin with the face.

You may have some of the following types of conditions: a deep line that runs from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth, loose skin around the neck and jaw line, excess fatty tissue in the neck and jowl area, wrinkled, creased skin on the face and neck. 

Face lift surgery is designed to correct these aging factors in various ways. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples and follow the natural line in front of the ear then, curve behind the earlobe into the crease behind the ear. The skin is lifted and re-draped, but not pulled. The muscles of the face and cheek tissue are resuspended to give longer lasting results without that “pulled” or “wind tunnel” look.

Every patient’s facial structure, bone and skin type are different. Dr. Simmonds will discuss options on an individual basis.  Frequently other rejuvenation procedures can be combined with your facelift, eyelids surgery, nose reshaping, brow lift, mid-facelift, cheek and chin implants.  

Carefully following Dr. Simmonds instructions ,before and after surgery , minimize these risks.  All medical conditions will be discussed, past and present.  Medications you may be taking, including herbal products, over the counter medications and nutritional supplements will be reviewed.

Dr. Simmonds requires lab work prior to surgery as well as other pre-operative tests depending on ones individual health history.  The face lift procedure is done under general anesthesia.  The surgery takes from three to four hours.  You will have a turban type wrap around your head, and drains will be in place. The next morning Dr. Simmonds will remove the dressing and drains. 

The first few days you should rest with your head elevated, to help minimize swelling and bruising. Face lift patients usually have minimal discomfort  however, any pain you feel can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by the doctor. 

Knowing that our face is our most visible feature, one that through expression and appearance conveys what and how we feel. Even a person who is energetic and excited about life can appear tired or sad due to aging. Do the signs of aging bother you in your face? Then a facelift may be right for you.


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