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Facelift 101

A rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift, is a plastic surgery procedure aimed at tightening the skin of the face and the neck for a more youthful, alert appearance.

A rhytidectomy can be carried out as single surgical procedure or combined with other procedures such as a browlift, eyelid surgery, laser resurfacing and botox for maximum results.

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What does a Rhytidectomy Achieve?

By removing excess skin and tightening deep facial tissues, a rhytidectomy can help patients look and feel younger.

A facelift surgery will:

  • Lift and tighten facial skin
  • Smooth marionette lines and nasolabial folds
  • Remove and tighten loose neck skin
  • Remove excess fat under the chin
  • Eliminate the appearance of ‘jowls’

The main aim of a facelift is to reduce the signs of ageing by improving the contours of the face and neck.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Rhytidectomy?

Patients who are considering a rhytidectomy must be physically healthy and relatively fit.

It is also recommended that smokers quit smoking at least 2 weeks prior to the plastic surgery procedure and for at least 4 weeks after.

The typical candidates for a facelift are:

  • Patients typically in their 40s
  • Those with moderate to advanced signs of aging in the face and neck
  • Those who have significant facial and neck skin sagging
  • Unwanted deep creases or smile lines
  • Those who have jowls

During a pre-surgical consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can help determine whether or not a rhytidectomy is appropriate for you.

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What are the Benefits/Risks of a Rhytidectomy?

A rhytidectomy can provide enormous benefits for patients. However, it is important to fully understand the risks associated with such a surgery.

This will enable you to make an informed decision about which plastic surgery procedure is right for you.

Benefits Risks
Long lasting, natural results Risk of bleeding or infection
Improved overall facial appearance Temporary neurological dysfunction
Elevates sagging facial tissues Hair loss around the incision site
Improves self-esteem Possible scarring
Scars aren’t noticeable Facial asymmetry


One of our plastic surgeons will help guide you in the process of deciding whether or not a facelift is right for you.

During your pre-surgical consultation, the full risks and benefits of a rhytidectomy will be discussed to ensure you are fully comfortable with your decision.

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View our full list of board-certified plastic surgeons or contact our surgical centre today at 250-868-9799 or toll free at 877-505-8895

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