Rhytidectomy (facelift) restores a more youthful and rested appearance to the face. Often patients report that they look much older than they feel, and wish to achieve an improved balance between the two. The patient who can benefit from this surgery has increased wrinkles of the face, sagging of the facial soft tissue (cheeks and jowls), and looseness of the neck. Although these symptoms are the result of the normal aging process, often they are accelerated secondary to sun damage received when the patient was much younger. Consequently, the patient will often benefit from skin rejuvenation coupled with surgery. A properly performed facelift restores the position of the soft tissue of the face, improves the skin tone and contour, without creating an operated-on look. To achieve a natural result, it is important that both the skin and underlying soft tissue be addressed. Excess tension placed on the skin results in a tight and "wind swept" appearance, that is the hallmark of a less than ideal surgical technique. No one surgical technique is appropriate for every patient. Once Dr. Smith has seen you for a consult, performed a thorough examination, and reviewed your medical records and medical history, he will be able to recommend which options are best indicated for you.