Facial plast Surg 2000; 16(3): 269-282
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-13596
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Achieving the ``Natural Look'' in Rhytidectomy

Stephen W. Perkins
  • Meridien Plastic Surgery Center, Deptartment of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
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Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)


Achieving the ``natural look'' in rhytidectomy and satisfying my aging face patient population are the primary motivating factors that have guided me to develop my personal philosophy and technique for facelifting.

The following article will consider how to achieve the ``natural look'' in rhytidectomy using the modified deep plane-extended SMAS rhytidectomy technique, including the benefits derived from this efficient face-lift technique. It outlines how to give proper individualized consideration to each patient from the initial consultation, through the preoperative evaluation and workup, as well as anatomic indications for the type of face lift to be performed. In addition, the article covers possible postoperative complications and how to determine when secondary rhytidectomies or tuck-ups are indicated.