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Athena Clinic in Hawaii – Face Lift Surgery

Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

At the Athena Clinic in Hawaii, face lift surgery is designed to smooth wrinkles and tighten facial muscles. A face lift can also be ideal for patients with excess skin hanging from the neck or jowls. At the Athena Clinic in Hawaii, a face lift is sometimes performed in combination with other facial procedures such as a brow lift, blepharoplasty, or rhinoplasty.

Rhytidectomy is a highly individualized procedure that Dr. Peterson can adapt to each patient’s unique bone structure and musculature. At the Athena Clinic in Hawaii, we caution patients that face lift surgery cannot improve the texture of their skin, though it can be done in conjunction with laser resurfacing or a chemical peel to improve texture as well as smooth wrinkles.

How is a facelift performed?

Facelifts are outpatient procedures and is performed in our in-office surgical suite under IV sedation.  Depending on the extensiveness of the procedure, it can take 2-4 hours.

The way a facelift is performed varies depending on the surgeon, the patient’s facial structure, and the extent of correction desired. The three most common incision techniques are:

– Traditional facelift: The “full” facelift for rejuvenating the face, jowls and neck, including fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle and deeper tissues, and skin trimming and redraping. The incision in front of the ear, travels around the earlobe, and behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. Sometimes, another incision is made under the chin.

– Limited-incision facelift: For limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Short incisions are made at the temples and around the ear, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip as well.

– Neck lift: A neck lift concentrates on jowls, loose skin on the neck, and fat under the chin. The incision is made around the ear lobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp. In all three methods, incisions are closed with stitches, and scars. Scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.

While there are many ways to perform a facelift, Dr. Peterson’s goal is to technically produce the most natural result with the least risk during the procedure.

What is the recovery like?

The incisions will be wrapped with bandages after the procedure.  No draining tubes are required.  Your bandage will be removed in 3 days and sutures in 1 week.  Many patients return to work in 2 weeks.  Makeup can be used to camouflage bruising.

To schedule a consultation for any of these procedures, contact Dr. Robert Peterson at the Athena Clinic in Honolulu today, or read on for more information.

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