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FACELIFT SURGERY or RHYTIDECTOMY

There are several factors that can lead to the drooping or sagging of the skin around the face. Gravity, aging, sun exposure, and pollution: all of these can damage the skin, making it cling less tightly to the neck and face. 

Technically known as Rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging in the midface deep creases below the lower eyelids and along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth. It can also be done to correct fat that has fallen or is displaced, or loss of muscle tone in the lower face, as well as tighten loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw commonly known as double chin.

“A facelift is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, and only if you are physically healthy, and most of all an open mind with realistic goals to improve your appearance,” says Dr. Benjamin Tan Alonzo, owner and cosmetic surgeon of Beaufaces Cosmetic Surgery and Dermacure Center.

Dr. Alonzo will evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risks factors, as well as discuss the likely outcomes of the facelift procedure, the risks and potential complications, and the type of anesthesia that will be used. He will discuss options available to you for a facelift and facial rejuvenation, examine and measure your face, take photographs for your medical record, post-operative care and follow-up, among others.

Moreover, prior to surgery, you may be asked to get lab testing for medical evaluation, and stop smoking in advance of surgery, as they can increase bleeding. You will be asked to avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs, and prescribe special instructions like what to do the night before the surgery.

Facelift, The Surgery:

In most instances, facelift surgery are performed under local anesthesia with a sedative, which leaves the patient awake yet relaxed and oblivious to pain. Dr. Alonzo will recommend the best for you. Surgery usually lasts 3 to 4 hours, and is performed as an outpatient operation, although some may be performed in a hospital.

Post surgery and recovery:
After surgery, your face will be covered with bandages that are removed about 1 or 2 days afterwards, while the stitches are removed within a week to 10 days.  Pain is usually minimal and medication is prescribed to help.  Swelling, bruising, and numbness should be expected but these will disappear in time. You will be instructed to keep your head elevated and use cold compresses to help alleviate these problems. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate, and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature.


Recuperation takes one to two weeks, and patients can expect to return to work within 2 to 3 weeks excluding strenuous exercise.

In addition, a healthy lifestyle will also help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. Additional procedures that may enhance good results are Sliteye Surgery, Eyebag Surgery, Browlift and Botox.

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See Before and After Picture