Indications: facelift or rhytidectomy is done to tighten the loose skin of the face and neck. Facelift does not remove fine wrinkles, they require resurfacing of the skin. The forehead and eyelids are not tightened by a facelift. At the same time as facelift the surgeon can correct other cause of fullness in the face and neck. One of the most difficult area to treat is the nasolabial fold, the crease between the nose and the corner of the mouth.


Method: The method of aesthethics surgery is to tighten the skin and the underlying muscles of the face and neck. The incision is placed in the natural creases in front of the ear and inside the ear. It extends above the ear into the scalp and behind the ear on the hairline. Facelift operation is done under local anesthetic or general anesthetic (you are asleep). You can choose. Most of the time this is an outpatient operation and a stay in the hospital is not needed. It is common after a facelift to perform neck liposuction at the same time as a facelift.

Some variations of the facelift use a smaller scar. There are various names including short-scar facelift and MACS-lift.


Problems: All operations have some risk. The risks of aesthetics surgery are divided into two groups. First those that are seen in all operations and second those that are unique or special for this operation. In the first group, the main risks are swelling, infection, bruising, bleeding, a scar and numbness or change in feeling. The main problem which is special for this operation is damage to the facial or VIIth nerve. This nerve controls movement of the face.

Postoperative care: The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people are happy with the result and back to work within a week or two.