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Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Facelift (aka Rhytidectomy - literally, wrinkle excision) ia a surgical procedure designed to make the face appear younger by pulling loose facial skin taut. With age and sun exposure, wrinkled creased skin develops on the face, neck or forehead along with fat deposits and folds around the jaws and jowls. While a facelift cannot stop the aging process, it may "turn back the clock" in appearance. Recovery time is usually one to two weeks, and the results last approximately 10 years. Additional procedures to supplement a facelift, including necklift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, autologous fat injection (fat cells tranposed from one location to another) , removal of cheek fat pads, forehead lift, and browlift; chemical or laser peel; and cheek submalar, or chin implants may be necessary to achieve desired results. Although they are infrequent, risks and complications of facelift surgery include bleeding; hematoma; bruising; infection; neurological dysfunction (loss of muscle function or sensation), which is usually temporary; widened or thickened scars; loss of hair around the incision site; asymmetry and skin necrosis (loss of skin due to tissue death).

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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