A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is the surgical removal of excess facial and neck skin to give a more youthful appearance to the face. A wrinkle or rhytide, is a crease in the skin that typically appears because of aging. Other factors that lead to an aged face includes age spots, sun ray effects, tissue sagging and volume loss. The effect of each factors depends on the skin type of individual.
Wrinkles usually appear in the facial area with thinnest skin such as around the eye. As an individual ages, skin and subcutaneous fat lose its volume and connective tissue loses its elasticity, resulting in appearance of wrinkles.