Cervicofacial Rhytidectomy without Notorious Scars: Experience of 29 Years
12 June 2013 (online)
Objectives Presentation and evaluation of results of the surgical technique of cervicofacial rhytidectomy used by the senior author (F.P.), using the classification of facial aging to determine the stage of pre- and postsurgical age.
Methods The surgical technique was used in 1,181 patients operated on in the past 29 years, starting in 1983. We analyzed retrospectively 318 patients operated on between the years 2001 and 2008, of whom 71 patients met the selection criteria. Postoperative follow-up period was from 6 months to 5 years.
Results All patients in stage I showed clinically visible rejuvenation postoperatively. Significant improvement in facial rejuvenation in stages II and III of aging was shown, with a postoperative change of stage.
Conclusion The technique of cervicofacial rhytidectomy with short flap, facial superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) imbrication, cervical SMAS plication, inconspicuous incisions, and postauricular z-plasty allows for successful and sustainable results over time, with short recovery time and minimal complications. The classification of facial aging pre- and postsurgery has been useful for the assessment of surgical results.