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What is Facelift Surgery?

shutterstock 63840910 200x300 - What is Facelift Surgery? | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesRhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, is a sought-after cosmetic surgery procedure which helps mitigate lines, wrinkles, and other signs of facial aging restoring a more youthful facial and jaw appearance.

This surgery involves the removal of excess facial skin and fat and the tightening of the underlying muscles of the face.

The patient should select an experienced and highly skilled surgeon for safe and predictable facelift results. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides facelift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities across the horizon.


Good Candidates

For people unhappy with the appearance of sagging skin, drooping muscles, or other visible signs of aging, which make them appear tired and older, facelift surgery could be an ideal procedure.

The candidate should have some level of suppleness and elasticity in the skin to experience aesthetically appealing outcomes from a facelift. Furthermore, the candidate should have a strong facial bone structure, which can support and enhance the results of the procedure.



In rhytidectomy, the surgeon will lift the skin off the face and tighten the underlying muscles and tissue. After this, they will pull the skin tightly over the face. This procedure is typically undertaken with the patient under general anesthesia or IV sedation and local anesthesia.

The procedure commences with the surgeon placing an incision in the temple area. This incision goes around the ear, and through this incision, the surgeon tightens the facial tissue and muscles. Once the process of tightening is complete, the surgeon pulls the skin tautly over the face and closes the incisions using sutures.

An expert cosmetic surgeon will place these incisions discreetly to ensure that any subsequent scarring remains hidden. This procedure may take many hours to complete depending on the extent of the surgery.


Surgical Techniques

Depending on the patient’s needs and the extent of the surgery, the surgeon will recommend a suitable technique for the facelift.

Endoscopic Facelift

In this facelift technique, the surgeon inserts a camera through the incisions enabling them to view the underlying facial structure on a screen to perform the procedure in a precise manner. The surgery typically involves the placement of three small incisions and removing the extra tissue while tightening the underlying muscles.

Cutaneous Facelift

This technique is older and involves only the removal of extra facial skin. The surgeon places a long incision discreetly along the hairline. Subsequently, they will gently lift the skin and suture it firmly at an elevated position. This procedure has relatively lesser associated risks as it does not involve muscular structure changes.

SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift

SMAS facelift is a more popular procedure today as it provides comprehensive outcomes. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and the tightening of the underlying facial muscles. It offers more complete and natural looking results.



Patients generally require around one week of downtime after a facelift. But they should take gentle walks around their home and perform light activities to ensure proper blood flow.

The patient should not engage in aggressive activities for about one month. Most patients can return to their workplace or resume their routine in nearly one week to ten days after their facelift surgery.

Dedicated double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other towns and cities in this part of SoCal for a facelift.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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