Rhytidectomy patient shown before surgery with deep cheek folds, jowls, ptotic soft tissues, and loose skin on the front and side of neck.
Incisions are variable, made on either side of the face from inside the hairline at the temples (see photo) or a trichophytic incision in front of the hairline, in front of or partially within the ear, around the earlobe, in the crease behind the ear and into the lower scalp.
The design of these incisions may vary from patient to patient and according to the surgeon’s personal technique.
Loose skin is pulled up and backward, and the excess is removed. In many patients, the underlying tissues are repositioned to restore volume from the lower face jowls to the mid-face cheeks, restoring more youthful facial contours.
The postoperative patient following a facelift with smoother, firmer skin on the face and neck, and fullness restored to upper cheeks.