A facelift, medically known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens the skin of the face and neck.
Many patients find that removing sagging skin and fat deposits from the neck, jaw, cheeks, and eye area leads to the refreshed, youthful appearance they desire.
What is a Facelift?
Changes to the face are a natural part of the aging process. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can fix sagging skin around the neck, jaw, cheeks, and eyes as well as restore lost volume and fullness to the cheeks.
Common reasons to seek a facelift include:
- Feeling your face reflects the age you are, not the age you feel
- Working in an industry that values and rewards youth over experience
- Finding that invasive procedures like fillers and Botox no longer deliver the same results
What a Facelift Can & Can’t Do
Skin laxity, or drooping skin, increases with age due to a decrease in collagen production and skin elasticity.
A facelift surgery tightens drooping skin from the jowls and neck to redefine the angles of the jaw, cheekbones, and mouth. Facelifts can also address stubborn fat deposits around the chin and neck. This combined lifting effect can make you look refreshed and oftentimes several years younger.
Because a facelift will not do anything to reduce forehead lines and sagging brows or eyelids, many patients combine facelift surgery with other cosmetic procedures like skin resurfacing, injectables, facial implants, brow lifts, or blepharoplasty.
Facelift vs. Mini-Facelift
In a full facelift, an incision is made at the temple just inside the hairline and is continued down past the ear, ending in the hair behind the ear. For patients with significant creping of the skin of the neck, another incision is made under the chin to tighten the skin of the neck.
A mini-facelift uses basically the same incision but shortens its length at the temple and behind the ear. A mini-facelift will only lift the mid-face, not the neck or jowls, but the recovery time is shorter than it is with a full facelift. A mini-facelift also delivers natural-looking results that last about half as long as a full facelift, but pair well with injectables and fillers.
In both cases, scarring is minimal, and incisions become barely noticeable over time or blend into your hairline. Both procedures also use strategic bandaging post-operatively to reduce swelling and speed recovery.
How do I know which procedure is right for me?
Choosing a full vs. a mini-facelift depends on several factors including age, health, skin laxity, and cosmetic goals.
Mini-facelift candidates usually:
- Are older than 45
- Have good skin elasticity
- Experience only mild-to-moderate skin laxity
Full facelift candidates usually:
- Are older than 40 or have experienced significant weight loss
- Have decreased skin elasticity due to reduced collagen production, smoking, and other environmental factors
- Experience moderate-to-severe skin laxity with pronounced jowls and/or sagging skin of the face and neck
Your plastic surgeon may recommend a fat transfer (or fat grafting) facelift instead of or in addition to a mini- or full facelift.
In this procedure, the surgeon will remove a small amount of fat from somewhere on your body, purify it, and use micro-cannulas to place the fat in sagging or sunken areas of the face. While fat grafting does not actually lift the drooping skin on your face, the increased volume can help restore a more fresh-faced look.
We make sure you have the information you need to feel informed about your decision, from your inquiry about our practice through the consultation and recovery.
The first step is a thorough, collaborative consultation. Before surgery, we provide:
- 60- to 90-minute in-depth initial consultations with a complete medical history review and physical assessment by Dr. Maman
- Multiple pre-op visits to answer all your questions
- Specialized surgery coordinators to help you navigate scheduling, financial, and insurance processes
Once you have decided to move forward with surgery, we emphasize convenience, comfort, and a smooth recovery. This includes:
- Convenient NYC operating facilities
- Luxury recovery room options at NYC hotels
- Complimentary, custom post-operative support garments and scar treatment regimens
- Attentive and routine aftercare visits
Personalized, Holistic Patient-Centered Approach
Understanding each patient’s personal and clinical needs is central to our practice. We customize treatment plans for each patient, and each patient receives Dr. Maman’s personal contact information along with direct round-the-clock access to our nurse and surgical coordinator.
“Dr. Maman is a kind, caring, and wonderful doctor. He truly wants the best possible outcome for his patients. The office staff is supportive and creates a warm environment. I couldn’t be happier the way my procedure turned out.”
Results & Recovery
We take every measure to provide the highest degree of comfort for our patients throughout their facelift procedure and recovery.
We schedule multiple pre-op appointments to make sure that our patients are fully informed and know exactly what to expect from the procedure. We also stay in close contact during the pre-op period in order to ensure that each patient receives prompt and personalized care.
Once surgery is complete, local patients have the option to recover at home in NYC or in one of our luxury recovery rooms located in select hotels in the city. Recovery timelines vary depending on procedure, and our thorough aftercare options ensure optimized recovery and results.
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Dr. Maman completed a Harvard fellowship as well as a 6-year plastic surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He has appeared on The New York Times Top Doctors and Super Doctors in Plastic Surgery lists.
Dr. Maman is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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Some patients require prescription pain medication for the first few days, but after two weeks you should start to feel better and see results. Most patients can expect about six weeks total recovery time.
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Facial implants, brow lifts, eyelid lifts, and rhinoplasties are commonly paired with facelifts.
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