Rhytidectomy commonly known as face-lift is a cosmetic surgery which involves operating on the face. The surgery aims at providing a youthful look by removing the sagging of the skin on the face which occurs with age. The sagging skin is pulled back and the underlying tissues are contoured appropriately to provide a youthful look.
A neck-lift which operates on the sagging of the skin on the neck is also usually performed as a part of face-lift.

Why Have a Facelift?

As you grow old, the skin on your face becomes loose and the amount of fat deposits that are present under your skin get unevenly distributed. Due to these factors, the facial skin experiences sagging. Sagging of skin occurs on your cheeks, around the nose and the neck. Folds around the nose and the corner of the mouth also appear. You would want to get a facelift done when you are not happy with the age showing on your face every time you look in the mirror or when you suffer from lower self-esteem because of the same.

A facelift procedure doesn’t treat wrinkles or creases on the skin or skin pigmentation but you can expect your face-lift to last for around 10 years without the need of another surgery.

Types of Facelifts

A facelift surgery is tailored according to the needs of the patient. It can be done by either of the techniques mentioned below:

  • Mini-facelift
    A mini facelift is performed on people who have a little amount of sagging of skin. It is not an extensive surgical operations. Short incisions are made along the hairline for pulling the skin back. The tissues around the cheeks are lifted and the jawline is refined to provide a rejuvenated appearance.


  • Standard facelift or Full facelift
    This technique is a comparatively more extensive procedure. It focuses larger areas including the cheeks and the neck. More incisions are made around the hairline, temple, above the ear etc.

    The incisions on the face need time to heal and post-surgery, your face will likely be covered with light bandages to relieve swelling and bruising of the skin.
    Post-surgery, several follow -ups will be scheduled for the upcoming two months with your doctor. Utmost self-care needs to be taken in order to achieve the most favourable results.


Cost of Facelift Surgery

The cost of a mini facelift in India costs around 1.2-1.5 lacs while a standard facelift will cost around could cost around 2.5 lacs. The cost is mostly affected by the location and the standard of the hospital and the surgeons undergoing the operations.


An operation on the face can be quite risky at times as in certain cases (though rare), the procedure may produce undesirable results instead of making it appear youthful. Common issues associated with the surgery are:

  • Hematoma: In some cases, blood may collect in certain areas resulting in swelling in that area. This should be treated promptly.


  • Scarring of skin: The incisions that were made during the operation, may result in scarring but they can be minimised by injections of corticosteroid.


  • Nerve injury: There is a probability of causing damage to the facial nerves that control the sensations on the face during the procedure. Temporary damage can be rectified surgically,


  • Hair loss: Incisions made near the hairline may result in permanent hair loss.