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Rhytidectomy (Facelift)

Facelift surgery is aptly named. It lifts portions of the face, eliminating excess skin, wrinkles, fat deposits and increases muscle tone, leaving a look that can also be uplifting for the patient’s self image. Generally, it is performed as key signs of aging appear or become more prominent. Men as well as women find they benefit from the procedure.

Full Facelift

A facelift is usually performed any time after age 40, most often in the decades when people are most active, but it can also benefit individuals in their 70s and 80s. Because all faces are different, a special surgical plan is developed based on a person’s bone structure, facial contours, skin condition, and hairline. Incisions are often made along the contour of the ear and above the hairline. Some tissues may be removed, while others are tightened and lifted. Muscles may be tightened in the face and neck and significant amounts of fat deposits and excess skin may be removed. The goal may be an improved jaw line, elimination of major lines leading from the nose to the mouth, changing the appearance of cheek areas, or removal of sagging or jowl-like features.

View a short animated video describing the full facelift procedure.

Lower Facelift

A lower face lift is a procedure designed to provide mid-face and neck rejuvenation. It addresses laxity of the neck via the oral area and jaw line. Access is obtained through a short-scar facelift incision. In a significant number of patients, the procedure can be performed with local anesthetic or oral sedation in the office. Bruising and post-operative discomfort is usually minimal and recovery takes approximately seven days.

View a short animated video describing the lower facelift procedure.


  • Additional procedures may be advisable to complete the improvement in your appearance. You may wish to consider: eyelid surgery, a forehead lift, nose reshaping or skin treatments to remove wrinkles.
  • Persons who anticipate losing weight—15 pounds or more—may want to consider postponing a facelift.
  • Be sure to inform your healthcare provider if you have high blood pressure, blood-clotting problems, or are prone to scarring.
  • Candidates for surgical facelifts must be non-smokers.

Contact Us

OMC's plastic surgery department can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6740 

fax: 507.529.6741

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Plastic Surgery 
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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