Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

What Everyone Should Know About a Facelift

For many people, the thought of having a “facelift” usually is interpreted to mean that a facial plastic surgeon will go in and completely change your appearance to where you are unrecognizable. Fortunately, this is NOT the case when it comes to this form of reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Bradford Patt and the staff of the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery are proud to offer professional facial reconstructive surgery for patients who are considering a facelift or rhytidectomy procedure.

Rhytidectomy is the medical term used to describe what is more commonly known as a facelift. Rhytidectomy stems from the Ancient Greek words ῥυτίς (rhytis, or “wrinkle”) and ἐκτομή (ektome, or “excision”), which mean the surgical removal of wrinkles.  It is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure that many people elect to have done in order to gain a smoother, lifted, and more youthful facial appearance.

A facelift is not designed to completely change one’s facial appearance, but rather to enhance, refresh, and rejuvenate the naturally unique and beautiful features that already exist. Moreover, having a facelift or rhytidectomy does not halt the natural and progressive signs of aging that each of us will experience over time, it may only turn back the clock on our true age. In other words, having a facelift can help us “age gracefully”.

One of Dr. Patt’s missions at the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, is to educate people, whether they’re patients or not, regarding the surgical procedures and multiple techniques of rhytidectomy. Since facelifts have been reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as the sixth most popular facial plastic surgery, staying in tune with the latest trends, and keeping people well-informed is of the utmost importance.