Facelift surgery, clinically referred to as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that addresses visible signs of aging. By skillfully tightening loose or sagging skin on the forehead, mid-face, and/or jowls1, a surgeon can refresh a patient’s overall appearance and restore a more youthful look to the face.2
At New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, we have safely serviced both cosmetic and reconstruction patients for over 70 years. Our talented team of surgeons are experts in the field of facial rejuvenation and are passionate about providing each patient with beautiful, naturally looking results.
Facelift Surgery In NYC & Long Island, New York
Men and women seek out facelift surgery for many reasons. During the aging process, the skin on the face relaxes, thins, and loses elasticity. Additionally, the effects of lifestyle choices such as smoking, sun exposure, and genetic factors coupled with the gradual loss of both fat and collagen can cause a loose appearance, while also contributing to a deepening of the folds between the corner of the mouth and the nose. Additionally, jowls can become more pronounced, and skin can start to sag under the chin and on the neck.
The facelift is a restorative cosmetic surgery that can tighten loose skin, restore contour, and provide a revitalized appearance. For complete facial rejuvenation, this surgery is also often performed in combination with other surgical procedures such as forehead lift, brow lift, neck lift, and eyelid surgery, as well as non-surgical procedures including facial fat grafting, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and Botox.
Benefits of Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery can improve the overall appearance and contour of the facial skin. In addition, facelift surgery can provide the following benefits:
- Lifts and tightens the skin on the forehead, mid-face, lower face, and jowls
- Reduces sagging jowls
- Removes pockets of excess fat and skin
- Contours the cheekbones and jawline
- Eliminates or reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and deep folds on the face
- Creates a more youthful-looking appearance
- Improves self-confidence
How Does Facelift Surgery Work?
Like each surgery performed at New York Plastic Surgical Group, your facelift journey will start with a personal consultation. During this appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to provide your surgeon with a complete medical history as well as discuss your concerns and goals for surgery. With this information, your surgeon will develop a personalized treatment plan to address these issues.
Facelift surgery is done on an outpatient basis and is performed under general anesthesia. The facelift technique typically involves removing the facial skin, tightening the underlying muscles and tissues, and removing or sculpting fatty tissues in the face and neck. The skin is then redistributed over the new contours of the face and any excess skin is removed. The final step in facelift surgery is suturing the incisions closed.
What’s The Difference Between Deep Plane Facelift and
The deep plane refers to the anatomic plane between the fascia and the deeper muscles that are responsible for our facial expressions. Deep plane facelifts focus on tightening muscle and reconstructing underlying tissues and layers of fat instead of just tightening and removing skin. Patients love deep plane facelifts because this procedure offers natural-looking results and avoids the tight look often associated with full facelifts.
The mini-facelift (also referred to as a MACS facelift) and the mid-facelift, are modified versions of the traditional facelift and focus on lifting and tightening loose and/or sagging facial tissues and skin. In these procedures, the plastic surgeon makes small incisions around the hairline and earlobe and then pulls the skin into a new position to lift the mid and lower face.
Am I A Candidate For Facelift Surgery?
The best way to find out if facelift surgery is appropriate to help you reach your cosmetic goals is to schedule your personal consultation at any one of our convenient Long Island or New York City locations. You might be a candidate for facelift surgery if you:
- Have concerns with severe wrinkles and deep facial folds
- Are dissatisfied with sagging jowls
- Want to improve the contour of your chin and neck
- Are looking to tighten and revitalize your facial skin for a more youthful appearance
- Are in generally good health
- Don’t smoke
Recovering From Facelift Surgery
It is common for patients to experience some pain or discomfort following facelift surgery which we’ll use medication to help manage. Immediately following surgery, your surgeon will place a bandage around your face to minimize any bruising and swelling, as well as one or more small drainage tubes to allow excess fluid or blood to drain3. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to follow for the duration of your recovery period, including how to care for your incisions, any drains, and the medications you’ll need to take or apply topically.
Recovery time is different for everyone, but most people feel comfortable returning to work or going out in public within two weeks of surgery. It may take up to three months before the face feels fully back to normal, in terms of skin texture, sensation, and loss of the feeling of tightness4.
Facelift Surgery Results
Typically after six weeks, incision healing is complete and most of the swelling and bruising will have dissipated. However, minor swelling may take up to six months to completely recede. At this time, your final results will be evident.
Facelift Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What is a facelift? Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift. Accessed April 2, 2021.
2 PRS Global Open. Getting Better Results in Facelifting. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6635200/. Accessed April 5, 2021.
3 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What should I expect during my facelift recovery? Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift/recovery. Accessed April 2, 2021.
4 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What results should I expect after a facelift? Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift/results. Accessed April 2, 2021.
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