What is a facelift?

A facelift is plastic surgery that improves the appearance of the lower face, jawline, cheeks, neck, and chin areas. Technically referred to as rhytidectomy, facelift is also known by many other names (such as SMAS, mini lift, short scar lift, S lift).

Facelift surgery is commonly performed with other facial procedures, but may also be performed on its own. All facelift types involve an incision in front of the ear, with varying extension of this incision toward the temple or behind the ear. The amount of tissue lifted depends on the exact surgical approach and the particular needs of each patient.

Facelift surgery is one of the most common aesthetic procedures for both men and women to rejuvenate the face. Patients appear more rested and refreshed by reducing wrinkles, tightening and lifting the neck tissue.

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