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rhytidectomy

 [rit″ĭ-dek´tah-me]
plastic surgery for the removal of wrinkles, done to make an aging face look younger. When done with skill, it can be moderately successful. However, the changes are not permanent, and the patient may in time feel the need for another operation. The usual procedure is to open skin flaps in the region around the ears and to undermine the skin of the cheeks and jaws. Now this can be done with incisions adjacent to or within the hairline so that the scars are not noticeable. The area of the eyelids and eyebrows may also be operated on in association with the primary operation. Called also rhytidoplasty, and popularly known as a face-lift.

rhyt·i·dec·tom·y

(rit'i-dek'tŏ-mē),
Literally, excision of wrinkles. Usually used to designate rejuvenative surgery of the cheeks and neck performed by tightening the facial supporting structures and excising excess skin; face-lift.
[G. rhytis (rhytid-), a wrinkle]

rhytidectomy

(rĭt′ĭ-dĕk′tə-mē)
n. pl. rhytidecto·mies

rhytidectomy

Wrinkle removal Plastic surgery A procedure in which redundant, wrinkle-rich skin, most commonly, facial–from whence the term, facelift, is 'tightened' by excising excess tissue from bordering hair- and necklines. See Cosmetic surgery. Cf Tummy tuck.

rhyt·i·dec·tom·y

(rit'i-dek'tŏ-mē)
Elimination of wrinkles from, or reshaping of, the face by excising any excess skin and tightening the remainder; the so-called face-lift.
Synonym(s): rhytidoplasty.
[G. rhytis (rhytid-), a wrinkle]

rhytidectomy

A ridiculous term used by cosmetic surgeons for a face lift operation. Skin is freed from the underlying tissue, pulled tight and the excess cut off. A disingenuous and inappropriate derivation from the Greek rhytis , a wrinkle and ektome , a cutting off.

Rhytidectomy

It literally means "wrinkle excision." It is another, misleading, term for face lift surgery.
Mentioned in: Face Lift
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If submental skin laxity is the only problem, the skin removed during the rhytidectomy may be sufficient for an improvement in the neck appearance.
The proximal 24 mm of the bilateral posterior rhytidectomy hairline incision where it intersects the superior limb of the postauricular incision was used as the study site.
Two patients had rhytidectomies only, one patient had a combined rhytidectomy and blepharoplasty, and one had a rhytidectomy combined with blepharoplasty and liposuction of the lower extremities.
Whether face lift (rhytidectomy), eye lift (blepharoplasty), neck lift (submental lipectomy), or nose alteration (rhinoplasty), numerous instances of surgical misadventure occur.
* A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can't stop this aging process.
Avoiding Facial Nerve Injuries in Rhytidectomy. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1979; 64:781-794.
(4,5) Parotid fistulae could also be a rare complication of rhytidectomy, mastoidectomy, dental extraction, temporomandibular joint surgery, and mandibular osteotomy.
Careful preoperative evaluation of the patient's anatomy dictates the most appropriate procedure, ranging from laser skin resurfacing to sub-superficial muscular aponeurotic system (sub-SMAS) rhytidectomy with an extended platysmaplasty.
Gordon, "The relationship of the superficial and deep facial fascias: relevance to rhytidectomy and aging," Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol.
He is an expert in surgical and nonsurgical procedures including breast augmentations (breast implants), breast lift with replacement of a breast implant, breast reduction, facelifts, mini-facelifts, necklifts, upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, forehead rejuvenation, chin augmentation, cheek implants, nasal/nose surgery (rhinoplasty), aesthetic ear surgery, tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, liposculpture, laser skin resurfacing, DOT C02 Fractional Laser technology, Botox facial rejuvenation, rhytidectomy, aesthetic facial rejuvenation using Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra, synthetic fillers and collagen fillers (to decrease wrinkles, crows feet, and face aging), procedures using hyaluronic acid fillers, fat injections, lip procedures, and skin care advising.
A group of American surgeons and otolaryngologists discuss anatomy and physiology of the neck region, assessment of age-related changes and performing an evaluation of the aging neck, patient consultation, interpreting physical findings, technique selection, complications, and preoperative planning, with color photos and drawings accompanying descriptions of different problems and surgical and nonsurgical approaches such as direct-excision, laser sculpting, liposculpture, and mixed-plane rhytidectomy.
If you find your face looks better when you pull up on the skin in front of your ears, then you might decide to have a facelift - or rhytidectomy.