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The facelift, or Rhytidectomy is a well-known cosmetic procedure intended to target signs of aging. Each year, millions of patients have a facelift to refresh their look, but could it work for you? Let’s learn more about the facelift procedure to find out.


The facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure that involves lifting and tightening the cheeks, jaw and neck. It can help patients achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance. Just look at some of the celebrities that look more than a dozen years younger such as Sonja Morgan from The Real Housewives of New York City who called it a no-brainer on IG. As a surgical procedure, facelifts provide immediate results, though patients will have to undergo a recovery period but the results are permanent. Many aesthetic treatments only offer short term results and the cost over time adds up.

During a facelift, your doctor will sculpt and shift the facial tissue to achieve your desired results. Additionally, excess skin will be removed for a tighter, more defined look. Sutures are used to close the incisions in this procedure — your doctor will position the sutures so that they’re as hidden as possible and will become less noticeable or disappear completely over time.


Why go through a facelift? Patients opt for the facelift procedure to regain a smooth, lifted appearance. The natural aging process causes the skin to gradually lose elasticity. This makes the skin sag and diminishes the structure of the face. Sections of fat in the skin also sink and are redistributed. This can lead to lost volume in the cheeks and excess fat in the jowls, for example. Lost volume in the skin also leads to fine lines and wrinkles. For this reason, filler, Sculptra as well as laser treatments or peels are sometimes recommended along with the facelift for best results. A facelift by itself cannot improve volume or the texture of the skin.

Ultimately, patients choose a facelift for an instantly rejuvenated face. This procedure offsets the inevitable signs of aging to help you feel more confident in your appearance.


A facelift can offer numerous benefits to patients seeking improvements to signs of aging. Key benefits include:

  • Tightened skin to eliminate sagging
  • Removal of excess fat
  • Removal of jowls for a defined jawline
  • Minimized wrinkles and fine lines

The results of a facelift are long-lasting. You can trust your new, lifted appearance to last for up to 15 years after a facelift. Additionally, facelifts are tailored to the individual needs of each patient. So, rather than taking a cookie-cutter approach, Dr. Watt will learn about your unique needs and goals to ensure that the procedure provides the best possible results. No two faces age in exactly the same way, and a facelift procedure can fulfill your personal cosmetic goals.

Are you interested in a facelift to reinvigorate your look? Contact Watt Plastic Surgery today for a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.