Known commonly as a facelift, a rhytidectomy is one of the most well known cosmetic surgeries available. Surgical facelifts are a straightforward solution to correcting saggy skin, and an experienced surgeon can easily evaluate your face and find the best possible approach for you. If your concerns are focused on the bottom half of your face, including your jawline and neck, a lower rhytidectomy could be just the boost you need to improve your self image.
At DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida, Dr. Ernest M. DiGeronimo routinely performs full, upper, and lower rhytidectomy procedures for both men and women.
What happens during a facelift
The term rhytidectomy might not elicit much of a reaction, but the word facelift is well-known. There isn’t just one kind of facelift; depending on which features are looking droopy or aged, you can choose the one that’s best for you, whether that’s a full facelift, a partial upper lift, or a lower facial lift.
A lower rhytidectomy, or neck lift, aims to tighten loose skin around the jaw and jowls, which can take years off your face. Features like double chins can be addressed as well, removing excess fat and skin to smooth out your throat.
Gravity naturally pulls everything down, causing the lower half of the face to age faster than the top. Many people experience volume loss and sagging around their mouth and chin first, since these areas move more than the eyes and brow.
A lower rhytidectomy is recommended for those who are interested in a facelift procedure, but don’t feel the need to have intervention on their entire face. The lower rhytidectomy is more targeted, and therefore more appropriate for issues like sagging cheeks and loose skin around the neck.
When to consider a rhytidectomy
If you’ve been pulling and poking at your excess skin in the mirror, a facelift might have already crossed your mind. However, a rhytidectomy is an intimidating idea, especially if you’re younger and don’t have considerable wrinkles.
Less invasive procedures like injectables can alleviate minor lines in the face and forehead, buying you time until a lift is necessary. However, these treatments rarely have the desired effect on the lower half of your face.
Noticeable signs of aging like jowls, a double chin, and loose skin around the neck simply cannot be eliminated without physically removing the excess tissue. This is when a neck lift becomes the best possible approach.
If you’re unhappy with certain features but don’t want to operate on your entire face, there’s a good chance that you would benefit from a personalized procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Degeronimo will evaluate your face and neck before listening to your concerns. With these in mind, he can propose changes to be made during surgery.
Are you ready for a younger looking you? To make an appointment, call 305-376-0378 or request one online.