Facing Two Facelift Doubts
If you’re thinking about coming in to consult us about a facelift in New York—that’s great! We’ll be glad to meet you and talk about your goals. Just fill out our quick email form and let’s get started.
If you’re dragging your feet just a little, chances are you may be dwelling on one of the top two concerns we hear from our New York facelift patients: results and recovery. Please allow us to ease your mind about these two worries.
Modern Facelift Results
Many patients seeking facial rejuvenation are at or approaching middle age—or even older—so they may remember the bad old days of overly-pulled, unnatural looking outcomes. We’re happy to tell our New York facelift candidates that they don’t need to fret about this! We have always been rather conservative in our approach, carefully avoiding too much tension on the eyes and mouth area. And we’re happy to say that most board certified plastic surgeons have learned over the years to gently lift tissues more vertically than horizontally. After all, it’s called a “facelift,” not a “face stretch!”
A second way plastic surgeons ensure both natural looking and long-lived results is to reach under the skin to the tissues below and elevate the entire facial structure. This technique counteracts the double whammy of gravity and aging, smoothing and firming cheeks as well as sharpening the jaw area. Some improvement of the neck may also be possible. For a technical discussion of the modern facelift, read this NCBI article here.
A speedy, straightforward recovery from a facelift with us starts before incisions are made. We use twilight sedation for most patients instead of general anesthesia, meaning you will wake up easily after the procedure with no headache, grogginess, sore throat or nausea. Our patients really appreciate being thoroughly asleep during the operation, yet suffering no post-op “hangover.”
You may be wondering about pain; facelifts rarely involve more than mild to moderate discomfort. In fact, many of our New York facelift patients only take Tylenol for a day or two following surgery. You should be ready for light activity around your home in two or three days. Facial tissues do swell and bruise easily, as you probably know, so you may want to plan to stay out of the public eye for up to two weeks. Many people do feel comfortable going out sooner with makeup, though.
Be assured that we’ll give you full instructions about your recovery, including what you can do to help. There are many steps you can take to ease the way.
More Good News
Facelift surgery is often performed along with other rejuvenating facial procedures. When you come in to see us, we’ll evaluate your appearance thoroughly give you our honest thoughts. If a facelift won’t reach far enough to give your neck the boost you’re hoping for, we may suggest you consider a neck lift-facelift combination. If your eyes are contributing a tired, aged look, we might recommend eyelid surgery or a browlift. Any and potentially all of these options can be done at the same time as your facelift, perhaps saving you a second trip to the operating room and another recovery.
You can be certain that we will be straight with you about what we propose. We have been known to tell people they don’t need a facelift, and we sometimes recommend a mid facelift which, for the right patient, is an effective procedure with shorter downtime. We have suggested less invasive treatment for patients too. Having been in practice for more than thirty years, our number one goal will be your happiness, not our bottom line.
Ready now? Call us today to arrange a no-obligation consultation and see whether a New York facelift is the right step for you. The number is 212-570-6080.