A facelift is also known a rhytidectomy.  Rhytids are lines or wrinkles and -ectomy is the term for removal hence the name rhytidectomy.  There are many different methods of facial rejuvenation from non-surgical to surgical options. The facelift is a procedure to help give  the face a more rejuvenated and youthful look.  The ageing process results in loss of facial volume and loss of skin elasticity.  This consequently gives an older appearance with lines, wrinkles and sagging of the jawline or neck areas.  There are a number of different types of facelift that can be combined with other procedures such as a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), lip lift, laser resurfacing, and neck lift. 


There are a number of different techniques for facelift with varying degrees of downtime, recovery and invasiveness.  Some of these are discussed below:

  • FaceTite is a minimally invasive technique that uses a radio frequency probe placed just under the skin to cause skin tightening.  This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and as a day case. 
  • Mini-Facelift is a less invasive procedure compared to a full facelift.  There is usually less skin dissection during this and so recovery is shorter.  This is suitable for in certain patients that do not have too much skin laxity.  This can also be combined with the FaceTite procedure to improve the results of this if some skin removal is also required. 
  • Full Facelift is a more invasive procedure that has a longer recovery and performed under a general anaesthetic.  This will provide a longer term outcome.  This facelift involves tightening of the deep tissues such as the SMAS layer and removal of excess skin. 
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A facelift is performed for many reasons and these include:

  • Improve self confidence
  • Help maintain or regain a youthful appearance
  • Reduce the signs of ageing
  • Improve sagging or loose skin of the face and neck
  • Restore volume loss with facial ageing
  • To help improve asymmetry

What are the risks of rhytidectomy or facelift?

The face and necklift is performed under general anaesthetic.  The procedure involves making an incision around the ear and hairline then tightening deeper structures then removing loose skin. Some potential risks with facelift surgery are discussed below although your surgeon will discuss these and more during your consultation.


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