Facelift
Infobox
Age
30 years
Type of anaesthesia
Local or general anaesthetic
Clinic residence
1 day
Operation duration
2-5 hours
Fit for work after 5-10 days
Showering
after 48 hours
Sport
after 6 weeks

As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jaw line grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can't stop this aging process. What it can do is "set back the clock," improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and red raping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift or eyelid surgery. The best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well. A facelift involves the skilful removal of excess facial skin from the neck, chin and cheek areas under local anaesthetic. The scars will be hidden behind your ears or in your hairline and will usually fade over time.