Superficial and Deep Facial Anatomy and Its Implications for Rhytidectomy

Jonathan M. Sykes, Kiersten L. Riedler, Sebastian Cotofana, Peter Palhazi

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The relationship of the skin, the superficial and deep fat compartments, and the ligaments that connect these structures is key to performing any rhytidectomy. In order to successfully mobilize, elevate, and reposition the facial soft tissues, a detailed understanding of facial anatomy is required. This article details the anatomy of the midface and neck that is essential to understanding and performing the face-lift operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFacial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020


  • Aging face
  • Anatomy
  • Face-lift
  • Facial anatomy
  • Facial surgery
  • Rhytidectomy
  • SMAS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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