Face-Lift (Rhytidectomy)

Face-Lift (Rhytidectomy)

Dr. Shahrokh Attarian

Dr. Shahrokh Attarian
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Brief Info about Dr. Shahrokh Attarian

Dr. Attarian is one of the best plastic surgeons in Iran because of his high experiences. He is a member of American and also Iranian Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeons.

He is a specialist in plastic, cosmetic, reconstructive and burn surgery from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran.



How this Procedure is Done

Why Iran?

Before having any cosmetic surgery, you should consult with an experienced specialist to make sure you have made a wise decision. In this case, you will have the opportunity to express your expectations and goals as well. To go through this critical stage, you should look for an expert who understands your concerns and can propose a satisfactory solution. Iranian cosmetic surgeons are the ones you can easily trust to ask any question you have. They have extensive knowledge and invaluable experience specially in this field. They perform many cosmetic surgeries successfully every year and can help you meet your needs. You can ensure that they will choose the most suitable surgical plan that enhances your appearance considerably, inform you of the whole operation and clarify the recovery process. Additionally, if you decide to get these surgeries in Iran’s specialized clinics, you can use the most up-to-date facilities and services with a low cost. Thus, you will be able to save a considerable amount of money while traveling to a beautiful country for improving your appearance.


What is Face-Lift (Rhytidectomy)?

The face-lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is an anti-aging procedure that can provide favorable results for individuals who desire to look more youthful and attractive for a long period of time. As you grow older, the appearance and shape of your face are changed. For instance, your skin usually becomes less elastic and looser, and fat deposits may increase and decrease in some parts of your face. Through this operation, surgeons lift and tighten facial tissues to make your face look more pleasant. They can tackle some major problems caused by aging in your face and neck, such as sagging skin or, facial volume loss.

While face-lifts can be performed using various procedures, they are so complex at times based on patients’ concerns, needs, and goals. Typically, It is combined with other similar surgeries to deliver the desired results; undoubtedly, if such a combination is approved by the surgeon and suitable for patients. The classic form of face-lift consists of a lower face-lift and a neck lift. The aim is to tighten the lower two-thirds of the face and remove any jowls that may have appeared at the jaw because of sagging skin.

There are two major types of face-lift; the mini face-lift and the mid face-lift. Compared to the classic version, the first one is not that much complex. However, the outcomes are not usually satisfactory. The second type is often recommended to young individuals or those who have not encountered the signs of aging to a great extent yet. The mid face-lift focuses on the cheek and lower eyelid area. This procedure is excellent for removing the lines running between the mouth and nose and the hollows under the eyes and sagging cheeks. It’s important to mention that none of these techniques treat your neck area. Accordingly, if you aim to get rid of your neck laxity, a full face-lift is a better option since it includes neck lift.

The last point to indicate in this part is related to the problems that cannot be addressed in face-lifts. The first one is that through this operation, your doctor does not change your fundamental appearance and will not stop the aging process. Therefore, it’s essential to have realistic goals before undergoing this surgery. The second issue is that a face-lift is carried out surgically. In other words, you will not obtain the same goals by trying other types of treatments like stem cell face-lifts since the only benefit they have is delaying the time at which a face-lift becomes the most suitable solution.


Who Can Benefit From Face-Lift (Rhytidectomy)?

Face-lift surgery does not have any age limit, but the procedure is mostly appropriate and recommended to individuals about forty years old since at this age, facial aging increases and becomes noticeable gradually. Individuals who want to undergo this operation should be in good overall health and have some clear and tangible signs of aging, like wrinkles or sagging skin. Undoubtedly, people who have not lost their skin elasticity yet, will achieve better results after the surgery. Another point to indicate is that this operation is highly individualized. In other words, you should do it just because of yourself. If you want to have it for gaining others’ satisfaction, it’s better to think twice.



A face-lift may be conducted either in an office with advanced surgical facilities or a specialized clinic. Since face-lift is a complex procedure, the process is mostly quite lengthy and is carried out in several stages since apart from tightening the skin, surgeons have many goals to achieve. This issue adds complexity to the whole process. While full face-lifts may take about 4-6 hours, other forms like mini lifts which are held to be simple usually take less time.

Based on patients’ individual needs, a face-lift surgery includes repositioning of the layers of the face to hold them in an elevated position, reduction of fat in certain areas, and addition of volume in others. Recently, this combination of lifting and volume restoration has become so popular since they can result in the most natural outcomes compared to the techniques previously applied which were only aimed at pulling the skin. Depending on your expectations and goals, your options will be a traditional face-lift, limited incision face-lift or a neck lift.

A traditional face-lift incision usually begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls, and neck as well. The underlying tissue is repositioned, and deeper layers of the face, and the muscles are lifted, and excess skin is trimmed away afterwards. In some cases, for improving the appearance of the neck, your surgeon makes another incision under the chin. In the second technique mentioned above, doctors use shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear. This procedure is highly suggested to patients who suffer so much from saggy skin.

As the name suggests, the last option called neck lift addresses the sagging jowls, loose neck skin, and fat accumulation under the chin. The neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear, and ends in the posterior hair behind the ear. After conducting the agreed procedure, specialists close the incisions with sutures that will be removed after some days.

If approved by surgeons, other similar procedures can be implemented to enhance face-lift’s outcomes. Some of them are indicated below:

  • Facial implants or fat transfer to improve the contour
  • Resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin
  • Wrinkle reduction by injecting fat or fillers



As mentioned previously, face-lift includes multiple procedures. Therefore, you need to have enough rest for passing the extensive recovery process. You should stay at home for the first two or three weeks to accelerate the healing process. Accordingly, it’s better to ask someone to take care of you for a short period of time. You don’t need to worry about sutures since your specialist removes them after a week or two. Swelling and bruising also disappear as time passes. After a few weeks, you can do routine daily activities. Final results will show up six months after the surgery. If you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully, you will pass the recovery process earlier than expected.



You will notice the improvements when swelling and bruising fade away. While most people can leave the house and go back to work within 10-14 days, it may take 2-3 months for you to feel natural with your face in terms of its texture, sensibility, and loss of tightness. If you live a healthy lifestyle and protect your skin from the sun, you can enjoy the results for about ten years. By the way, remember that face-lift is a cosmetic surgery which may not lead to the exact favorable results you desire. In some situations, surgeons must employ other procedures along with face-lift to meet your needs. Furthermore, the influence of aging must not be taken for granted. As you get older, the facial skin may become loose again.


This is another name for mini face-lifts. Since in this operation, surgeons do not manipulate facial muscles, the recovery process is typically short; just one weekend. Accordingly, patients can go back to work one week after the surgery.

Because of the incisions made in the hairline, hair loss is a possible complication. However, experienced cosmetic specialists will try their best to prevent such problems. In addition, hair loss that may occur after face-lift is temporary, and hair will grow back as time passes.

The traditional face-lift cannot stop the aging process. Moreover, some factors like thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, sun damage, smoking, or anxiety can accelerate the aging rate and influence the face-lift’s results. Typically, patients will enjoy the improvements for about 8-10 years or maybe more.

There are several anti-aging techniques that can address major problems tackled by face-lift. However, they do not provide the same results. To obtain your desired outcomes, it’s better to ask your doctor to combine face-lift with other similar procedures.

No. Indeed, a face-lift cannot tackle problems related to the upper face because they need certain procedures such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Additionally, surgeons must use a laser or other skin treatments to deal with poor skin tone, brown spots, and other skin aging issues.

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