Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases from between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. A facelift (technically known as a Rhytidectomy) can't stop the aging process. What it CAN do is "set back the clock", improving the most visible signs of aging by Dr. Piskun | Before & After Gallery removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.

The best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well. A facelift can make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self-confidence in the process. But it can't give you a totally different look, nor can it restore the health and vitality of your youth.

Facelifts are very individualized procedures. In your initial consultation, Dr. Piskun will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for surgery. It is important you discuss any medical conditions with Dr. Piskun, because this can affect your care and outcome. It is especially important that you talk to Dr. Piskun if you are a smoker, since this has a great effect on your healing process.

The exact placement of incisions and the sequence of events depends on your facial structure and Dr. Piskun's techniques. Incision usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear, and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin. During your initial consultation, Dr. Piskun will discuss the approach and options appropriate for you.

A facelift is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by insurances.

Information provided by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS members are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Plastic surgeons with this certification have completed extensive surgical training and rigorous examinations in plastic surgery; this uniquely qualifies them to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face and entire body. Dr. Mary Ann Piskun is Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.