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Facelift

Healthy Woman - Facelift

What is a facelift?

Rhytidectomy, a surgical procedure commonly known as a facelift, involves the removal of excess facial fat, the tightening of facial muscles, and the stretching of facial skin to approximate a smoother, firmer facial appearance. The procedure takes place on either the face, neck, or both.

Depending on the area of the face or neck where the "lift" is to take place, the surgeon will separate the skin from the fat and muscle. The fat is then removed and the skin is pulled back into place with any excess removed.

Possible complications associated with facelifts:

Possible complications associated with facelifts may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Who are candidates for facelift?

The best candidates for a facelift are those whose face and/or neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity. The procedure also works best on persons whose bone structure is strong and well-defined.

About the procedure:

Although each procedure varies, generally, facelift surgeries follow this process:

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