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A facelift is a common type of cosmetic surgery that involves improving visual signs of aging in your face and neck. There are several types of facelift surgeries, so it's important to talk to your surgeon about what will work best for you.


What is a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

A facelift (also known as a rhytidectomy) is a general term for any surgical procedure that improves signs of aging in your face and/or neck by repositioning or removing skin, fat and/or muscle. Signs of aging that a facelift can restore include:

  • Relaxed, sagging skin on your face.

  • Deep fold or crease lines between your nose and the corners of your mouth.

  • Facial fat that has fallen or is lacking.

  • Drooping skin on your cheeks and/or jaw (known as jowls).

  • Loose skin and extra fat in your neck that looks like a “double chin.”

Facelifts are considered cosmetic restorative surgeries and cannot fundamentally change your appearance or stop the aging process. They also can’t treat superficial wrinkles, sun damage or irregularities in your skin color. Facelifts are very individualized surgeries that are unique to each person’s face and their result goals.

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