I would like to get a facelift for my 50th birthday! Can I get my whole face done at one time, or does the rhytidectomy just correct one or two areas at a time, like chin and cheeks or eyes and forehead?

Assuming you are healthy and do not have any medical conditions that would prevent you from undergoing the surgery, then the answer is yes, you could potentially do the “whole” face at one time. Starting from the top, that procedure would entail an endoscopic forehead/brow lift, upper and lower lid blepharoplasty, and a facelift /Necklift. During my consultation with you, we would consider your areas of concern. Then, I would perform a physical examination to determine which procedures would best address your concerns. We would discuss those procedures, including non-surgical options. One area of confusion is the term “facelift”. I use this term to describe a short incision along the natural contours of the ear to re-position the jowls and define the jawline. Usually, this is combined with a necklift, which includes neck liposuction and re-positioning of neck tissues and skin achieve a more youthful neck contour. A side benefit of the facelift, in selected patients, is re-distribution of volume to the cheeks. For those individuals who have lost considerable volume, I may combine the facelift with volume restoration procedures, which include fat transfer or injectable fillers.