What is a facelift?
A facelift or "rhytidectomy" is a surgical
to improve the most visible signs of the aging process
by eliminating excess fat, tightening the muscles beneath
the skin of the neck, and removing sagging skin. It doesn't
stop the aging process but merely "sets the clock back".
What is Submusclar Aponeurotic System?
The SMAS is a layer beneath the skin which invests the facial muscles. By
tightening the SMAS, the jowls are lifted, the neck is tightened, the cheeks
are elevated. This "deep" or "2-layer" facelift is an improvement over earlier
How long does a facelift last?
No one can say for sure. The clock is turned back, but keeps on running. Ten
years later, you will look better than if you never had surgery. Many patients
never have a second lift, while others may desire further surgery seven to 15
Can surgery be done without scars?
The scars from facelift surgery usually fade and are barely perceptible. In
some patients, especially younger ones, endoscopic surgery can be used to lift
the eyebrows, remove frown lines, elevate the cheek and jowls, and tighten the
neck. This endoscopic surgery can be done with tiny scars. However, if there
is excessive skin, it must be removed for the best results through standard
How long will I be out of work?
Most patients are able to return to work in two to three weeks. You should
allow four to eight weeks before major social engagements.
How can I hide things during the time until I return to normal?
Your surgeon will discuss post-operative camouflage techniques
with you prior to your surgery, but be assured that while
almost everyone has some sort of temporary side effect
such as bruising and swelling, there are makeup techniques
that both men and women can use almost immediately to
disguise them. Generally speaking, makeup techniques can
be used soon after surgery to cover discolorations, and
to hide incision lines after the stitches have been removed
and the incision is completely closed. Camouflage
cosmetics include three basic types of products:
Concealers to hide incision lines and discolorations;
contour shadows to disguise swelling; and color correctors
to neutralize color in reddened skin.
Color correctors disguise yellowish discolorations or the pinkness that follows chemical peel and dermabrasion. Lavender neutralizes or removes yellow, and green has a similar effect on red. It will take a little patience and practice to master camouflage techniques, but most post-op patients feel its well worth the effort.