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Face Lift

Wan, Dinah M.D.; Small, Kevin H. M.D.; Barton, Fritz E. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: November 2015 - Volume 136 - Issue 5 - p 676e–689e
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001695

Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Identify the essential anatomy of the aging face and its relationship to face-lift surgery. 2. Understand the common operative approaches to the aging face and a historical perspective. 3. Understand and describe the common complications following face lifting and treatment options.

Summary: Surgical rejuvenation of the aging face remains one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. This article reviews the anatomy of the face and its impact on surgical correction. In addition, this review discusses the evolution of various face-lift techniques and the current surgical approach to the aging face. Finally, this article discusses potential postoperative complications after rhytidectomy and management solutions.

Dallas, Texas

From the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Received for publication February 28, 2015; accepted April 8, 2015.

Disclosure: There are no funding sources for this work. The authors have no financial interest with any product mentioned in the article.

Kevin H. Small, M.D., Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1801 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75390,

©2015American Society of Plastic Surgeons