Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Of all areas on the body, the face is the most vulnerable to the effects of time and aging. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, reduces visible signs of aging to restore natural contours in the face and neck.


Facelift surgery removes excess fat, tightens muscles, and re-drapes skin to improve sagging, jowls, and loose neck skin. Most often performed on men and women over 40, facelift surgery can last for several hours, under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Though it's usually performed as outpatient surgery, some patients may require a short stay in the hospital. Potential risks can include injury (usually temporary) to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling, as well as infection, bleeding, poor healing, excessive scarring, asymmetry, or changes to the hairline.


The results of a facelift are generally long-lasting, though the precise duration will vary depending on overall health and facial care. Facelift patients can return to work within 10 to 14 days after surgery, and should avoid strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks. It may take 2 to 3 weeks for bruising from the procedure to completely fade. Patients will also need to limit exposure to the sun for several months. Temporary side effects during recovery may include bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin, or tight, dry skin. For men, a facelift may create a permanent need to shave behind the ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned. If you’re looking for a more balanced, rejuvenated appearance, we can help! Contact Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery to set up your consultation.