Aging naturally can result in saggy skin that lacks volume and elasticity. This often leads to the formation of jowls along the lower part of the face as well as deep folds and loose skin on the neck. A facelift is a surgical procedure directed at lifting and firming the facial tissue to bring about a more natural, younger-looking facial aesthetic. In the process of removing excess skin and lifting and tightening the tissues beneath the surface of the facial skin, a person can virtually rewind their facial appearance to appear more youthful.
Candidates who are considered to be ideal for the facelift surgical procedure are those who suffer from saggy skin and pronounced wrinkles on the lower part of the face. Reasonably good skin elasticity and generous bone structure are also factors to consider when undergoing a facelift. Patients in New York desiring a facelift are generally those between the ages of 40 and 60 who wish to turn back the clock on their facial appearance. However, some facelift candidates may be younger or older.
The approach our board-certified cosmetic surgeon uses to perform your facelift will depend on your unique facial skin and structure in addition to the desired outcome. Oftentimes, a facelift may be combined with an eyebrow lift, Botox injections, or laser skin resurfacing—all of which require a customized treatment plan unique to the patient.
In general, an incision is made either in front of or behind the ear and the surface layer of skin and deeper facial tissues are tightened to achieve a younger, natural look. Recovery times vary. However, most patients experience only minimal swelling and/or bruising for one week post-procedure. Most are able to resume social activities after a week and resume work and other activities within two weeks.