A face lift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a procedure used to eliminate or reduce the tightening of the muscles in the face. It always involves pulling the skin to make it fit more tightly on the face. A face lift almost always involves pulling the forehead's skin and the neck skin as well.
Facelifts are often performed on people whose skin has sagged over the years, but their bone structure is still healthy. Of all plastic surgeries, a face lift has the most dramatic effect in making one look younger.
Many people grow their hair before the surgery. The long hair cover the neck and the sides of the face and cover the scars as the face heals.
The procedure can last about 4 to 5 hours. The patient can expect to be up and about in a week or so. There is hardly any complications with the procedure if performed by a competent plastic surgeon.