Rhytidectomy

(facelift or wrinkle surgery)

With aging, the skin loses its elasticity and turgor, and excess skin accumulates on the face. In addition, gravity pulls down this excess skin, creating deeper lines between the nose and the mouth (nasogenian crease), as well as in other areas.

Added to all this, there is the face muscles that, after years of work, cause wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes and in other areas.

All these changes, together, lead to an aged appearance. Rhytidectomy is designed to partially revert this process, acting on some muscles and removing excess skin.

Indication: 

Presence of wrinkles and excess skin on the face.

Type of anesthesia: 

Local, with sedation, or general anesthesia.

Length of hospital stay: 

From 12 to 24 hours.

Postoperative:

Compressive dressing and drain are removed in 24 hours. Facial edema (swelling) and ecchymoses (bruising) are common, but usually resolve in up to 21 days. Recovery is painless, sensitivity being impaired for a certain period in the area, with total recovery after a while.

Complications: 

An adequate preoperative preparation is essential to avoid complications. Although infrequent, we should mention: hematoma, dehiscence (separation of the suture edges), healing disturbances, skin injury, infection.

It is important to mention that all these complications are more often found in smokers; therefore it is essential to stop smoking at least 14 days before surgery.

Definitive result: 

The definitive result is achieved in 6 months, since this is the time required for maturation of the scar.