Facelift in Latham, NY

what are the Indications for a Facelift?

As we get older gravitational aging changes occur in the mid- face, jowls, and neck. Botox, fillers and Ultherapy may help to add some lift, but they can not eliminate excess skin like a facelift. In 2016 facelifts re-made the top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States (ASPS 2016) after having dropped in previous years. People are realizing that as great as the non-invasive procedures are, the gold standard in facial rejuvenation is still the facelift.

Facelift Surgery

A facelift procedure re-positions the soft tissues and muscles of the face, and redrapes the skin to restore a more youthful appearance. Excess skin is often removed leaving a sleeker profile. The operation is frequently combined with blepharoplasty (eye surgery), regular skin care, and/or fillers and botox. The time for a facelift is approximately 5 hrs.

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Before Facelift
photo facelift after
After Facelift

Where are facelifts performed?

There surgery is performed at the hospital under anesthesia. Patients may elect to spend a night at the hospital, although it is optional and you can go home the same day.

what are the Trade Offs of facelift surgery?

There is mild, temporary surgical discomfort, bruising, and swelling. Scars are carefully placed and are rarely a concern, in many patients a short scar technique can be utilized. Temporary numbness and tightness of the cheek and neck skin is expected. In men re-positioning of the beard may alter the area that requires shaving.

what are the Risks of A Facelift?

Although uncommon, problems with facelift may include infection, bleeding, minor asymmetries, or injury to the facial nerve resulting in muscle weakness. A full discussion of all risks and benefits will take place with the doctor during the consultation appointment.

how long is the Recovery from a facelift?

After their facelift surgery, our patients are instructed in the use of cool compresses for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising. Most patients return to work 10-14 days following surgery and return to their normal exercise routine at 2-4 weeks. Although the downtime is longer than some other procedures, patients report that it is worth the wait since the results are more significant.

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