A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure designed to smooth and firm the skin of the face, providing a youthful, refreshed appearance. The aging process is exacerbated by the sun’s radiation, stress, gravity, and other factors that cause the skin to loosen and relax over time. Certain areas of the face and neck are more prone to this accelerated aging process. These gradual changes can make an individual feel dissatisfied and self conscious with their aged appearance. Facelift surgery involves removing the loose skin and smoothing out the remaining face and neck skin. In some instances, removing or adding fat in conjunction with surgery may help restore a more youthful appearance. A facelift can also be combined with other facial cosmetic procedures, such as an Eyelid Lift, brow lift, Fat Injections or Lip Augmentation. These procedures can be performed at any time when signs of aging are noticed by the patient. However, most patients are generally in their late forties or older when the procedure is performed.