What Is a Facelift ?

Rhytidectomy, a surgical procedure commonly known as a facelift, involves the removal of excess facial fat, the tightening of facial muscles, and the stretching of facial skin to approximate a smoother, firmer facial appearance. The procedure takes place on either the face, neck, or both.

Depending on the area of the face or neck where the “lift” is to take place, the surgeon will separate the skin from the fat and muscle. The fat is then removed and the skin is pulled back into place with any excess removed.

Who are candidates for facelift?

  • The best candidates for a facelift are those whose face and/or neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity

  • The procedure also works best on persons whose bone structure is strong and well-defined

About Facelift

Although each procedure varies, generally, facelift surgeries follow this process:


Preparing for Your Surgery

Our procedures have been designed to make your surgery as safe, comfortable, and convenient as possible.

Your surgery will be performed at one of the following locations:

Blood transfusions

All blood used comes from volunteer donors

Guest Services

  • The Guest Services staff is available to assist you in any way. They serve as advocates for patients and their families; act as friends and guides; provide personal services and direct patients and families to hospital and community resources

  • You can call the Guest Services Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • After you go home, if you have any questions or concerns about your hospital care, you can call the Hotline at any time

Before Your Surgery

We will call you the evening before surgery, (or the Friday before a Monday surgery), to confirm your arrival time and surgery start time. You may call us after 4 p.m. if this is more convenient for you. Please be aware that your surgery start time is subject to change until 4pm the day before surgery

Please follow these eating and drinking instructions before surgery:

  • Clear liquids like water, clear juice, sports drinks, clear tea, and black coffee, may be consumed , until 3 hours before any ambulatory surgeries ,5 hours before any other surgeries

  • Do not drink milk-containing products, alcoholic beverages or drinks with pulp or solids of any kind

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. You can take needed morning medications with sips of water as directed

  • Refrain from smoking after midnight and on the day of your surgery


Check with your doctor about whether you should discontinue taking regularly scheduled medication. If you are advised to continue taking it, you should take it with just a sip of water.

You will receive a personal medication card before your surgery. Please fill out the card and bring it with you the day of surgery


Regulations do not permit you to drive or take a taxicab

Smart Group Holding Group will provide free delivery service

Day of Surgery

Personal items

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing so you can change easily before and after surgery

  • Leave ALL valuables at home and bring only essential items such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids, canes, etc

  • Please do not wear perfume/cologne, makeup, nail polish, or jewelry (including rings and watches)

What to bring

  • Health insurance card

  • Current photo ID

  • X-rays or other medical documentation requested by your surgeon

  • Personal medication card

Safe surgery guidelines – before surgery

  • The staff will ask you to identify yourself, the procedure and the site of the procedure. This information will be compared with your armband, your surgical consent, and the operating room schedule

  • The staff will inquire again on any allergy information. If ordered by your surgeon, you will receive antibiotics at this time. Please note that throughout your surgical experience, our staff will practice hand hygiene to prevent infection

You will be asked to arrive approximately two hours before your scheduled surgery so you and your care team have adequate time to get you ready for surgery. We will make every effort to begin your surgery at the scheduled time.

If we experience unanticipated delays in caring for other patients, we will keep you informed of our progress. We will estimate the time we anticipate being able to begin your surgery.

Your next stop is pre-op where you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown in a private area. We’ll check your weight, blood pressure and temperature and make final preparations for surgery. We’ll also review your medications, medical history, and allergies


  • Visitors should be limited to two people at a time

  • Children under the age of 12 are not permitted

  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the pre-op area but may be consumed in the waiting room

  • Cellular devices must be turned off and remain off

  • Perfumes and colognes are strongly discouraged as many patients are allergic to such scents

  • Complimentary WiFi is available

After Surgery

You will be taken to the Phase I Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) immediately after surgery. You will stay there until you are awake, your vital signs are stable, and you have satisfactory pain management.

Safe surgery guidelines

  • When the surgery is over, the surgical team verbally reviews information on another checklist. This list includes details of your post-surgical condition and recovery plans. This is done before you leave the operating room

  • When you arrive in the recovery care area, the surgeon and/or the anesthesiologist will talk with the recovery area nursing staff about your procedure and condition, and plans for your recovery

Admitted to the hospital

  • If you are to be admitted to the hospital, you will be transported to the patient care unit when your room is ready

Going home

  • If you are to be discharged home after surgery, you will be taken to the Phase II area where you will change into your own clothes. A family member or friend will then be able to join you and a nurse will provide verbal and written home care instructions

  • We will also give you the contact numbers for any questions or concerns that arise once you are home. We welcome and encourage your questions before you are discharged

  • Once you return home, we recommend that you have someone stay with you, at least for the first night

Possible Complications Associated with Facelifts

Possible complications associated with facelifts may include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Nerves that control the facial muscles could be damaged. This is usually a temporary post-operative condition

  • As with any type of surgery, there is a risk of infection and a reaction to the anesthesia

  • A hematoma, blood that collects under the skin, could occur. They are generally removed by the physician

  • Smokers, in particular, may find that the healing process following a facelift is slower than normal

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