A rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at creating a more youthful appearance of the face. The procedure involves reducing the sagging or folds of skin on the cheeks and jawline, as well as other age-related changes in the face's shape. During a facelift, a flap of skin on each side of the face is carefully pulled back, and tissues beneath the skin are surgically altered to restore the face's contour to a more youthful shape. After the excess skin is removed, the flap is sutured closed. A facelift can give the face and neck a more youthful appearance.