Rhytidectomy (Facelift Surgery)

As we age, exposure to sun, stretching of the skin and ultraviolet rays can break down the elastin fibers causing your skin to sag. A facelift is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the appearance of the face and neck. The surgery can tighten skin, remove excess fat and tissue, and smooth wrinkles.

A facelift may be recommended as part of a comprehensive rejuvenation plan that includes other cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, chin restructure, neck lift, and brow lift Each type of facial plastic surgery is designed to enhance and restore a youthful appearance. If you would like to explore the possibility of a more youthful look, book a consultation with Dr.Tantawi now.

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Dr. Tantawi knows the decision to have a facelift procedure is an important one for you. At the time of the consultation you will be asked about your medical history and any medications or supplements you may currently be taking.

When you meet with Dr. Tantawi. he will ask you about why you are wanting a facelift, and what results you are wanting to achieve. Pictures will be taken of your face. You will be able to ask him any questions you might have about the procedure, and he will explain the different options you have to achieve the look you are wanting.

When choosing a cosmetic surgeon, it’s vital to find someone you can trust. Dr. Tantawi is board certified and specializes in surgery and cosmetic surgery. He has over 10 years of experience, and combines traditional surgical techniques with new innovative ones, to ensure improved patient outcomes.

Facelift Procedure

Restoring a Youthful Look

People choose to have a facelift for many reasons. Some are unhappy with the appearance of their aging skin, while others may be concerned about loose or sagging skin after major weight loss. Facelift surgeries can also improve droopy eyelids and furrowed brows.

A facelift can give you a more youthful appearance by tightening loose skin, removing excess fat and tissue, and restoring muscle tone. It can also reduce or eliminate wrinkles, folds, and other signs of aging.

Below are the benefits from getting a facelift:

  • A facelift can give you a more refreshed, restful appearance 
  •  It will make your skin look brighter and smoother 
  •  You’ll have a better self-image and confidence after the surgery 
  •  There is minimal downtime associated with a facelift
  •   Skin is firm and scars are minimal or invisible
  •   It can give you an advantage in your career or personal relationships

Rhytidectomy Procedure

There are two types of facelift procedures: the full-incision style and the mini facelift. During a full-incision facelift, scars run across the back of the head (tracheostomy), around the ears, and underneath the chin (mandibular incision). It is done under general anesthesia and you will be asleep and feel no pain. This type of facelift is best suited for older patients with more significant signs of aging.

The mini facelift procedure can treat loose skin, excess fat, and minor scars along the jawline. A mini facelift is a shorter version of a traditional facelift that provides only partial lifting of the face. It typically tightens the lower half or third of the face, while the upper part remains unchanged.

This procedure is a good option for those who want a more subtle lift. It can be combined with other procedures like an eye or eyebrow lift .

The mini facelift procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes 2-3 hours. A small incision is made near the hairline, and the underlying tissues are lifted and tightened. Excess fat may be removed, and minor scars may be corrected. The incisions are then closed and wrapped with gauze.

Recovery from Rhytidectomy Surgery

The recovery period for a facelift surgery varies depending on the type of procedure performed and the individual patient. Most people require at least two weeks of downtime following surgery. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common side effects of this type of surgery. It’s important to keep exposure to the sun to a minimum during the healing process.

After surgery is completed a bandage may be placed around your face to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. Small tubes can be present to drain off any excess blood or fluid. Dr.Tantawi and his staff will give you instructions for at home care and make sure you have the most comfortable recovery possible.

After a facelift, patients can expect to see results almost immediately. The full effect of the procedure will take at least six months as swollen tissues heal.


Aging signs begin in your 40s. At that time you may begin to see fine lines and the beginning of wrinkles. As your skin ages further it will begin to sag and elasticity will start to break down. Surgery is best done from ages 40 to 60 years of age.. At this time correction is done best through surgical techniques rather than non-invasive ones.

Patients who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking an average of 12 years younger after surgery, according to a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Results can vary according to the patient and their age. A facelift can provide long lasting results of 10 to 20 years depending upon when it is done and the condition of the skin.

The cost of a rhytidectomy is determined by a number of factors such as how complex the procedure is. Some of the other factors are anesthesia, facility overhead costs and staffing. You will be given the total cost of your procedure at your consultation.

Unfortunately, because a rhytidectomy is an elective procedure, it is not covered by insurance. Dr. Tantawi’s staff can advise you on options for financing your surgery.

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