A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a common cosmetic surgical procedure, the purpose of which is to create a younger appearance in your face. This procedure will reduce the sagging or folds of skin on the cheeks and jawline and other changes in the face associated with age.
During a facelift, a portion of skin on each side of the face is pulled back, and tissues below the skin are surgically altered to change the contour of the face to produce a more youthful shape. Before the skin is sutured closed, excess skin is removed.
A facelift won't get rid of fine creases or wrinkles in your skin or fix sun-damaged skin. Other procedures can be performed to address the appearance or quality of the skin itself.
When it's helpful
As you age, the appearance and shape of your face changes. The skin becomes less elastic and looser, and fat deposits decrease in some areas of your face and increase in others. Age-related changes in your face that can be reduced with a face-lift include the following:
Excess skin at your lower jawline (jowls)
Deepening of the fold of skin from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth
Sagging skin and excess fat in the neck (if the procedure includes a neck lift)