WHAT IS A FACELIFT?
A Facelift aims to restore the youthful features of the face by reversing sagging cheeks, drooping eyes, and unwanted lines that can develop as we age. These early signs of aging can significantly impact appearance and make people look older than they truly are. A Facelift provides patients with the opportunity to look as young as they feel.
Candidates for a Facelift are typically healthy, middle-aged men and women whose skin has started to prematurely loosen. However, sagging skin can happen at any age. We can discuss your individual likelihood for candidacy during your consultation.
The procedure can take anywhere between 1-5 hours depending on the work that needs to be performed. Anesthesia will be administered to prevent patients from feeling any pain during the surgery. Incisions are then placed in well-hidden areas such as behind the hairline or near the ear. Skin tissue is pulled, fat deposits are readjusted higher on the face, and excess skin is tightened. Our experts in cosmetic facial procedures will apply different surgical methods depending on the specific area of concern.
If your main facial concerns are primarily between the eyes and mouth, we have a mid-facelift option that may be right for you. This procedure focuses on the midsection of the face which is ideal if you don’t need to have the full facial surgery.
Both procedures run the risk for facial numbness, muscle weakness, and infection. These risks can be discussed further at your individual consultation.
Patients can expect to go home the day of their surgery. While most patients are usually able to be up and about within 24 hours, plan to take 1-2 weeks off of work, depending on the procedure. Before the surgery, patients will be given detailed instructions on post-surgery care in the days following the operation to help facilitate a smooth recovery. We also prescribe pain medication to be taken during the first 24-72 hours following the surgery to help aid in patient comfort.
Patients are pleased to find that there are notable differences right away. While results can be visible almost immediately following the surgery, it takes time for the swelling and incision scarring to fade. It can take several weeks to be fully healed. Computer imaging and simulation are also available to help you visualize results before the procedure even takes place.
To learn more about our Facelift procedures, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page, or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!