Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Understanding Facelift

Facelifts improve signs of aging in the face and neck untreatable with non-surgical techniques. They cannot change your fundamental appearance nor stop the aging process. Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with facelifts include brow lifts and eyelid surgery. Medically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift can treat:

  • Sagging in the midface
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fallen and displaced fat
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face, possibly resulting in jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw causing a double chin in a person of normal weight


I think this is for me

Facelift surgery is very personal. You should take your time considering if the procedure is the right way for you to achieve your body goals. But, you don’t have to do it alone. Dr. Ridha is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with many accomplished years of experience, who also graduated valedictorian from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Cabrini) program in Manhattan. He has the knowledge, practical experience, and reliable bedside manner to guide you through your decision-making process to a satisfied outcome.


Call and make an appointment

Our dedicated, friendly staff can arrange for a consultation around the busiest schedules. This first visit is very important. You should come to your appointment focused on the matter at hand with a list of your expectations and concerns, as well as unguarded openness and honesty. Being up-front with Dr. Ridha is the key to a successful and safe procedure. With your active involvement, he can help you through every step of the process in confidence. Your first visit may include:

  • A candid talk about why you are considering facelift surgery and what you hope to achieve
  • An evaluation of your general health and examination of your face, which may include photographs and taking measurements
  • Informative discussions about the benefits and risks of the procedure, the surgical facility, how to prepare for surgery, and how to recover


What can I expect?

You will go into surgery with a detailed plan created by yourself and Dr. Ridha. Surgeries are unique to every patient, but most include the following steps.

Facelift surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery. Also, someone must be with you for at least the first night following surgery.

The procedure is performed while you are sedated or under general anesthesia. Depending on your unique procedure, your facelift incision happens in one of three places. A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp. A limited-incision facelift uses shorter incisions starting at the temples, continuing around the ear, and ending at the lower eyelids or under the upper lip. The neck-lift incision typically starts in front of the ear lobe and wraps behind the ear to end at the lower scalp.

During the procedure, fat may be sculpted and redistributed in the face, jowls, and neck. Underlying facial tissue and deeper layers of muscle are commonly repositioned. Skin is then redraped over the uplifted contours, and excess skin gets trimmed away.

Internal incisions are closed with layered sutures, and ones close to the skin are closed with sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape. Once healed, the incision lines are concealed within the hairline and natural contours of the face and ear. Surgical incisions must not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during healing. A bandage may be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising, and a thin tube may be used to drain excess blood and fluid from under the skin. Dr. Ridha provides easy-to-follow instructions to care for yourself after surgery, which include a follow-up visit.

Visible improvements from a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside, which may take several months. Incision lines fade within six months. Lifelong sun protection helps to maintain your rejuvenated appearance.

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Dr. Ridha and staff are excellent! I will be back for more treatments. The entire staff is so kind and first rate.
Carol Costen
Could not have asked for the procedure to go any better and I am SO pleased with the results. His attention to detail is amazing and I felt I was in good hands from the very first visit. During all of the follow up visits I never felt rushed and my results continue to get better and better as time goes on.

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