The Facelift Procedure

While facelift procedures vary depending on each patient’s individual needs and preferences, there are fundamental similarities among the different facelift approaches.
Facelifts include the removal of excess skin and fat from the affected area. The underlying muscle tissue is tightened, and the skin is then repositioned and stretched taut.

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How do facelifts work?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that restores youth to the face by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. It can also improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. The surgery is usually performed on people over 55 years old, but it can be done at any age if there is significant facial laxity.

Facelift Candidates

Good candidates for facelifts in Long Island generally exhibit some combination of the following traits:

  • Loose, sagging facial skin
  • Loose, hanging skin along the bowline
  • Creases below the eyes
  • Folds or creases along the sides of the nose that extend to the corners of the mouth
  • Drooping skin on the sides of the lower face, or “jowls”
  • Excess skin and fat below the jaw create a so-called “double chin”
  • Loose, excess skin around the neck

Ideal facelift candidates are nonsmokers who are in good general health and have realistic expectations. A facelift won’t alter your appearance, and it will not permanently stop signs of facial aging. A facelift is intended to restore youthful tone and contours.

Will my facelift result in scarring?

Incision placement for facelifts varies based on the extent of the procedure and whether other procedures are conducted in conjunction with the facelift. The incisions and their resulting scars are concealed along the natural lines of the face, though the location will differ depending on the specifics of your facelift.

Your surgeon will review your recovery guidelines and expectations with you in detail, and our entire team will be here to help you throughout the recovery process.

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What procedures are facelifts performed with?

Many patients who pursue a facelift in Long Island also benefit from a brow lift or eyelid surgery known as blepharoplasty.

  • Often, a facelift will include a neck lift to excise the sagging bands of skin that tend to gather around the neck. This provides a refined jawline and smooth neck. A neck lift may also be performed independently.
  • A brow lift corrects excess skin that hangs from the forehead and causes the eyebrows to descend over the eyes. 
  • A blepharoplasty is a perfect complement to many facelifts because it removes the loose skin and extra fat that can cause the eyelids to droop and appear puffy, making you look chronically tired or prematurely older than you are.

How do I know if facelift surgery is right for me?

Common signs of aging that can be improved through a facelift procedure include but are not limited to:

  • Loose skin is present around the chin, jawline, and neck, creating the look of a sagging jowl
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles or folds running from the nose to the corners of the mouth, also known as nasolabial folds
  • Cheeks that have lost volume over time now appear lower and fattened
  • Many fine lines throughout the lower face region

How long will facelift results last?

With a healthful lifestyle and good skincare, the effects of your facelift will remain for years to come. With age, as the skin gradually loses its tone and falls with gravity, some patients eventually seek a revision procedure.

Ready to start on your journey?

The plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts provide beautiful, natural-looking facelift results. Please contact us today to learn more about the facelift procedure or schedule your consultation.

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Why choose Precision Medical Arts?

The plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts have considerable experience with facelift procedures backed by advanced knowledge of craniofacial anatomy. Like other plastic surgery treatments, facelifts are highly individualized, and our experienced surgeons will work closely with you to create a custom plan based on your unique facial structure and aesthetic desires.

Dr. Gilbert is a highly experienced plastic surgeon who has been in the field for decades. He has had the opportunity to be trained by pioneers of plastic surgery, including Dr. Fredrick McCoy, MD, and Dr. Paul Tessier, MD. Dr. Gilbert has vast training in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and he specializes in a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, including facial plastic surgery, body contouring, and breast augmentation.

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The first step in your journey is a private consultation with us at Precision Medical Arts. You can expect our professionals to listen closely to your concerns, and to work with you individually at every step to ensure you are delighted with your results, and enjoying a happier, more confident life.

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