A face lift or rhytidectomy involves tightening of the facial skin to remove wrinkles and lines on an aging face.

A face lift surgery is usually done in day care and under local anesthesia whereby the area of operation is numbed. Fine incisions are made in front of the earlobe along the hairline extending below and to the back of the head. Then the underlying soft tissues and muscles are separated from the skin. The manipulations of shortening the excess and loose skin are done only after that. The shape of the face may also be altered by removal of underlying fat.

Depending on the extent of correction the surgery can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. Depending on the extent of surgery complete recovery can be seen in two or three weeks.