Rhytidectomy (Face Lift)

Ríos MD Plastics - Toxina Botulínica

The face lift is the surgery in charge of improving the appearance of the face, when the skin and deep tissues (muscle and fat) lose their firmness and fall, losing volume and producing a tired and old-age appearance.


The surgery is performed with cuts in hidden areas of the hair and around the contour of the ears, to hide the scars. The extent of the cuts will depend on what areas you want to correct (forehead, cheeks, and jaw region).

Type of anesthesia: Local with sedation vs general

Duration: 3-4 hrs

Recovery time: 5-7 days

Important aspects of recovery:

-The sutures are removed 5 days after surgery in general, in areas of high tension of the wound, they can be removed after 7-10 days.

-The inflammation is accentuated the first 2-3 days after surgery, so some care must be followed when exerting efforts, and medications and local cold can be used to reduce the inflammation.

-In some cases, drains may be needed, which are removed 1-2 days after surgery.

-In patients with high blood pressure, great care must be taken with monitoring to avoid complications.

-The final result takes between 6 months and a year, however, from the first week a change in the shape of the face can be observed.

There may be asymmetries in the first days after surgery, due to inflammation or bruising, which with time and massages may resolve.

-In any facial surgery, it is important to watch out for the sun during the period that there is inflammation from the surgery, and that the scar has a strong color, since the skin can become pigmented.

-It is important to watch your diet after surgery (if you gain a lot of weight, the result may not be noticeable or it may be very subtle).