Facelift

The effect of genetics, environment, lifestyle, and the natural aging process can have a significant impact on one’s facial appearance with time. For many people, these factors often lead to lines, wrinkles, jowls, skin laxity or excess skin.

Facelift surgery is a procedure designed to combat the visible signs of facial aging and fatigue, creating a rejuvenated and refreshed look. Using the most advanced, safest methods possible, our Harvard-trained New York City plastic surgeons Dr. Stafford Broumand and Dr. Daniel Maman will customize a treatment plan to help address your specific concerns, achieving a more vibrant, youthful appearance with natural-looking results.

Several options are available for accompanying treatments to Facelift surgery. Blepharoplasty can address excess eyelid skin and/or fat in the upper and lower lids. Fat transfer can restore lost volume to the midface and area under the eyes. A chin implant may be placed to enhance the structure and definition of the jawline. Resurfacing techniques can be employed to improve skin elasticity, texture, pigmentation and tone. Injectable products such as Botox or dermal filler can also be performed during surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Facelift surgery is an excellent option for individuals who have cosmetic
concerns relating to both the face and the neck. Ideal candidates include
those who:

-Have moderate to significant wrinkles and/or other signs of aging in the
face and neck.

-Have stubborn fat in the face and neck.

-Have loose, sagging skin as a result of aging and/or weight loss.

-Have noticeable volume loss in the midface and/or other areas of the face.

-Are looking for a longer-lasting alternative to cosmetic injectables.

In addition, candidates for facelift surgery must be relatively healthy with no unmanaged medical conditions. You should have ceased smoking at least two weeks prior to the procedure, ideally with no intention of starting again after surgery. At the time of your consultation, your surgeon will determine if a facelift would be the most appropriate option for you.

Depending on your needs, additional treatments may be recommended and performed in conjunction with your facelift surgery. Blepharoplasty can address excess eyelid skin and/or fat in the upper and lower lids. Fat transfer can restore lost volume to the midface and area under the eyes. A chin implant may be placed to enhance the structure and definition of the jawline. Resurfacing techniques can be employed to improve skin elasticity, texture, pigmentation and tone. Injectable products such as Botox or dermal filler can also be performed during surgery.

It is important to avoid blood thinners for two weeks prior to surgery. Maximizing your at-home skincare regimen is highly encouraged. Our office staff can recommend a personalized plan based on your needs. Routine blood tests or appropriate medical clearance is also obtained. After your initial consultation, instructions are given as part of our informational pre-surgical packet and reviewed with you prior to surgery. Prescriptions are electronically submitted, picked up and brought the day of surgery.

Along with these qualifications, ideal facelift candidates must be in good overall health, have no unmanaged medical conditions, and have stopped smoking for at least two weeks leading up to their procedure. In addition, women who have recently had children should wait a minimum of one to two months following the cessation of breastfeeding in order for an accurate preoperative breast size to be determined. All of these factors will be discussed in full detail at the time of your consultation.

Facelift surgery requires an average of three to four hours. The surgery is most-often performed in 740 Park Plastic Surgery’s on-site, fully certified ambulatory surgical suite. In certain circumstances the surgery would be performed at a hospital, depending on the patient’s circumstance. 

The technique employed to perform your facelift procedure would be tailored to your needs. Each patient is different and therefore requires individual attention. This is a major part of the consultation process and would be discussed and agreed upon together, well in advance of surgery. 

Your surgeon will mark your face during discussion on the day of surgery to ensure a full picture of your unique facial animation. During the actual facelift procedure, strategic incisions are discreetly made in the hairline and around the ears, with underlying tissues and muscles of the face carefully being tightened. The skin is then gently pulled taut, and any excess skin is meticulously removed.

There are many different names for facelift surgery. It is important to note that many of these various “techniques” are often simply used as a marketing tool to downplay the reality of having a facelift. Regardless of the name, facelift surgery is a very commonly performed operation that can yield beautiful, long-lasting results.

Immediately following facelift surgery, some degree of swelling and/or bruising is often present. These symptoms will subside with time. Pain is generally rare, and any potential discomfort experienced can typically be controlled effectively with medication. Individuals should expect to look and feel well enough to return to all non-strenuous daily activities within approximately ten days, but our surgeons advise against resuming vigorous exercise or strenuous physical activity for at least two to three weeks to ensure ideal outcome. 

Any residual scarring from facelift surgery should be virtually undetectable with incisions well-hidden along the hairline and around the ears. Once the recovery period is complete, patients will notice smoother, firmer skin and a contoured jawline that looks fresh, natural and revitalized.

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