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.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Good candidates for a facelift in Long Island and Suffolk County 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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Types of Facelifts

At Precision Medical Arts, Dr. Gilbert offers a range of facelift options tailored to address different degrees of aging:

Traditional Facelift

This comprehensive approach targets the lower face, jawline, and neck, addressing moderate to advanced signs of aging. Dr. Gilbert customizes traditional facelift procedures to achieve harmonious rejuvenation while minimizing visible scarring and optimizing patient comfort during recovery.

Mini Facelift

Ideal for individuals with early signs of aging, mini facelifts focus on subtle rejuvenation of the lower face and neck. Dr. Gilbert's tailored approach to mini facelifts ensures that patients experience natural-looking enhancements with minimal downtime and discreet incisions.

Deep Plane Facelift

Recognized for its ability to provide significant lifting and volumizing effects, the deep plane facelift targets deeper facial tissues, offering comprehensive rejuvenation for individuals seeking transformative results. Dr. Gilbert's expertise in deep-plane facelift techniques ensures meticulous attention to facial anatomy and optimal rejuvenation outcomes.

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
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What are the Benefits of a Facelift?

A facelift in Long Island can offer numerous benefits for individuals experiencing signs of facial aging. Here are some of the advantages of undergoing a facelift procedure at Precision Medical Arts:

• Restoration of smooth contours and taut skin
• Rejuvenation of facial appearance for a more youthful look
• Improvement in the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles
• Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem

What Can a Facelift Not Do?

While a facelift can significantly improve various signs of facial aging, it's essential to recognize that it cannot halt the natural aging process entirely. This procedure effectively addresses sagging skin, deep folds, and loss of muscle tone, offering a rejuvenated appearance, but it won't stop your skin from continuing to age. Additionally, a facelift does not tackle dynamic wrinkles caused by facial expressions, such as smile lines or crow's feet, nor does it address skin texture issues or pigmentation irregularities. 

To explore how a facelift can meet your specific needs and goals, consider scheduling a consultation at Precision Medical Arts. During this personalized session, our experienced surgeons will evaluate your unique facial structure, discuss your aesthetic goals, and provide a comprehensive plan that may include complementary treatments to address dynamic wrinkles or skin texture concerns. 

Facelift Recovery and Results

After your facelift procedure, following your surgeon's post-operative instructions for optimal recovery is essential. At first, you may notice some swelling and bruising, but these will slowly diminish over the next few weeks. During the first week, rest and keep your head elevated to minimize swelling and manage any discomfort with prescribed medication. Gentle movements and short walks can aid in the healing process. By the second week, as swelling and bruising decrease, you can start reintroducing light activities, although avoiding heavy lifting or vigorous exercise is advisable. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work and social activities around this time. After a month, most swelling should be gone, revealing initial results, though full results may take a few months to become apparent. 

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and practicing diligent skincare will extend the results of your facelift, allowing you to enjoy its benefits for many years. With proper care, these effects can be long-lasting. Regular check-ups will help monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery. Since skin gradually loses its elasticity over time, some individuals may choose to undergo a revision procedure later on to preserve their desired look. Your patience and diligent care will ensure a rejuvenated look for years to come.

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Ready to Start 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.

Facelift FAQ

How can I prepare for my facelift procedure?

What are the risks associated with a facelift?

Can non-surgical treatments replace the need for a facelift?

What’s the difference between a neck lift and a facelift?

How can I prepare for my facelift procedure?

Prior to your facelift, it's crucial to adhere to your surgeon's pre-operative guidelines. These may involve stopping specific medications, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions to help ensure the procedure goes smoothly and is successful.

What are the risks associated with a facelift?

A facelift carries potential risks like any surgical procedure, including bleeding, infection, scarring, and anesthesia-related complications. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during the consultation and take measures to minimize them.

Can non-surgical treatments replace the need for a facelift?

While non-surgical treatments such as injectables and skin tightening procedures can provide temporary improvements, they cannot achieve the same comprehensive results as a facelift. A facelift addresses underlying tissue laxity and sagging skin, providing more significant and long-lasting rejuvenation.

What’s the difference between a neck lift and a facelift?

A facelift mainly focuses on rejuvenating the lower two-thirds of the face, such as the cheeks, jawline, and neck. In contrast, a neck lift is specifically designed to tighten sagging skin and muscle bands in the neck area. Your surgeon will help determine which procedure is best suited to address your particular concerns.

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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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