A facelift (rhytidectomy) is an aesthetic surgical procedure to give a younger appearance to the face. The procedure can reduce sagging or folds of skin on the cheekbones and jaw line, and other changes in the shape of the face that occur with age.
During a facelift, a flap of skin is stretched on each side of the face, and surgical changes are made in the tissues under the skin to give a younger shape to the contour of the face. Before suturing the flap, the excess skin is removed.
Neck stretching (platysmaplasty) is often performed as part of a facelift to reduce fat deposits and sagging neck skin.
A facelift will not diminish wrinkles or wrinkles of the skin or damage caused by the sun. Other aesthetic procedures can treat the appearance or quality of the skin.