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How effective is a face-lift (rhytidectomy)?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Facelifts are very effective in reducing both the midface and lower face skin laxity. The conventional facelift requires incisions both in front of and behind the ear and posterior into the hairline. The skin is dissected and a second layer called the SMAS (the superficial musculoaponeurotic system) is released and tightened. The goals are to tighten the skin along the midface, smooth out the nasolabial folds, and tighten up the neckline. The muscles along the neck, called the platysma can be corset back to the midline and fat may sculpted to smooth it out. A rhytidectomy will normally last 8-12 years and will need to then be repeated. Laser therapy or peels may be useful to reduce the fine wrinkles concurrently with the full face and neck lift.

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