Face Lift (Rhytiodectomy)

WHAT IS A FACE LIFT?

The technical name for a face lift is “Rhydiodectomy.” In this surgical procedure, excess face and neck skin are removed and the tissues under the skin are tightened. Activities such as smoking, sunbathing, outdoor activities, and stress can alter the appearance of the face. Additionally, as we age deep creases may form between the nose and mouth, the jaw line may from slack and sag, and fold and fat deposits may appear around the neck. A face lift can reduce these signs of aging, resulting in firmer, fresher appearance.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A FACE LIFT?

Candidates must be in good health, have no active diseases, or serious pre-existing medical conditions, and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. Face lifts are most commonly performed on patients between 40 and 60 years old. The procedure can produce good results for people from 60 to 80 as well. If you have strong, well defined bone structure and some skin elasticity, you are most likely to have good results from a facelift.

NOTE: You may not be a candidate for surgery if you smoke, have recently quit smoking, or if you are exposed to second-hand smoke. Primary and secondary smoking decreases blood flow to the body’s tissues. This can result in prolonged wound healing, skin loss, infection, increased scarring, and a number of other complications depending on the kind of procedure performed.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

The type and size of face lift depends on location and extent of skin laxity. Sizes range from “mini” to “standard.” Usually, an incision is made in the hair near the temple and continues to font of the ear, around the earlobe, behind the ear and into the hair. The muscles and sagging tissues are tightened and excess skin removed. The remaining skin is repositioned to create a more youthful look. The incision is closed with sutures, or with metal clips on the scalp. A small incision may be made under the chin if a neck lift is needed.

OPTIONS TO ENHANCE THE PROCEDURE

A face lift may be performed along, or in conjunction with, a forehead lift and/or eye lift (blepharoplasty), or nose surgery (rhinoplasty). Dr. Aguilar may also recommend injections of Restylane or Botox to help alleviate deep creases in your forehead or from lines between your eyebrows. To improve the texture of your facial skin, laser resurfacing or chemical peeling may be used.

PLANNING FOR YOUR SURGERY

First, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Aguilar. Communication is vital in reaching your goals. You will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you would like to achieve. Dr. Aguilar will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and what long-term benefits you will experience. Every patient is different, and Dr. Aguilar will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you, during your initial consultation.

•Provide a complete medical history. Include information about any previous surgical procedures; past and present medical conditions; and all medications or herbal supplements you are taking.

•Expect Dr. Aguilar to examine your abdomen, including the quality of your abdominal skin, the location of any existing scars; the amount of any excess fat and the status of underlying muscles.

•Photographs will be taken for your medical record.

•Be prepared to discuss possible risk and complications of the procedure with Dr. Aguilar.

PREPARING FOR YOUR SURGERY

You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. A pre-operative information packet will be provided that explains everything you should do and know before your surgery date. Dr. Aguilar will instruct you on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and which medications, vitamin and herbal supplements should be taken or avoided prior and post operatively. you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, whether your surgery is done on an outpatient or inpatient basis. you may also want to make arrangements for someone to help you at home for a day or two after your surgery.

WHERE WILL YOUR SURGERY BE PERFORMED

There are several different facilities which Dr. Aguilar operates from and he will discuss your options with you at the time of your consultation.

TYPE OF ANESTHESIA

General anesthesia is used so that you will sleep and remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Aguilar will discuss this with you at the time of your consultation.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

You will be provided information about how to care for yourself after your surgery at the time you schedule your  surgery. Dr. Aguilar will also discuss this with you during your consultation.