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A Facelift (pronounced: /ˈfeɪsˌlɪft/), also known as a rhytidectomy (pronounced: /rɪˌtɪdˈɛktəmi/), is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful appearance. It usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patient's face and neck.


The term "facelift" comes from the English words "face" and "lift", indicating the lifting or tightening of the skin. The medical term "rhytidectomy" is derived from the Greek words "rhytis" (wrinkle) and "ektome" (excision), literally meaning the surgical removal of wrinkles.


Facelifts are typically outpatient procedures and can be performed in a hospital, surgery center, or a doctor's clinic. The procedure may involve several different techniques, including traditional facelift, limited incision facelift, or neck lift, depending on the patient's goals and their individual anatomy.

Related Terms

  • Blepharoplasty: Also known as eyelid surgery, it is often performed in conjunction with a facelift to enhance the aesthetic results.
  • Rhinoplasty: This is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose and can be combined with a facelift for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
  • Brow lift: This procedure can correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow in addition to a facelift.
  • Dermabrasion: A procedure that is often performed with a facelift to improve the look of the skin.

Risks and Complications

Like any surgery, a facelift has risks, including infection, hematoma, scarring, nerve injury, and complications related to anesthesia. It's important for patients to discuss potential risks and complications with their plastic surgeon before deciding on surgery.

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