To correct jowls and wattles for a more defined jaw, smoother neck and contoured cheek. Also known as rhytidectomy.


Incisions are made starting at the temple, move around the ear and then are hidden behind the ear and in the hair. Skin is lifted and the underlying muscles and connective tissues are tightened and secured. Excess skin is removed.


A facelift will not stop the aging process, improve fine wrinkles or pigmentation problems, or completely remove deep wrinkles and skin folds.


  • Typical facelift surgery takes between 3 and 4 hours, depending on the extent of the procedure. (The entire procedure will be discussed fully by Dr. Zimm during your consultation.)
  • Surgery is typically performed at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital under general anesthetic.
  • Facelift patients are usually discharged the next day after spending the night in a hotel with an overnight nurse.
  • Recovery time is usually 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Vigorous activities should be avoided for 3 weeks following surgery


  • A facelift improves the appearance of the face by correcting deep wrinkles or folds, removing excess fat and loose skin at the jawline and neck, adding definition to the cheeks and re-contouring the chin.
  • Alternatives include a minilift or a standard lift to achieve the results they desire depending upon the degree of age -related changes that are present. Neck liposuction and tightening of neck muscles can also be done at the same time if indicated.





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“Need a perfect, natural-looking nose? Go nowhere else but to Dr. Zimm!...Being involved in the industry myself, I went to 13 different rhinoplasty consultations in NYC to find the right surgeon. After hearing lots of opinions, prices and seeing different images of the "perfect" nose, I chose Dr. Zimm. He won me by his demeanor, his experience, strive for perfection and honesty. He also didn't have a "signature" nose he puts on every one of his patients (walk around the UES and you'll know what I'm talking about). He is truly an amazing surgeon and anyone who works with him at the hospital will tell you the same.”

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“Working in the industry I have had the opportunity to work with many surgeons and am always very particular when choosing a physician myself, family, friends and so forth. Dr. Zimm recently performed a Blepharoplasty on me in his office. I consulted with 10 surgeons before moving forward and scheduling this surgery. Without hesitation, I have to say I could not have made a better choice in surgeons!!!! Dr. Zimm was confident and competent, he also had a wonderful bedside manner and made me feel as though he was treating a friend or family member of his own. Fantastic! Not to mention the results are amazing!!!! Completely natural, but amazing Thank you Dr. Zimm!!!!!!”

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I am not one to write reviews, but Dr. Zimm deserves one. I had numerous consultations with other top rhinoplasty surgeons across the country but as soon as I had my consultation with Dr. Zimm, I immediately felt he was the right surgeon for me. I am very thankful I chose him. Heather and his entire staff have been warm and extremely professional. He is a brilliant surgeon. I can’t say enough positive things about my experience and would recommend him to anyone looking for a kind, patient, artistic surgeon.

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"I spent the bulk of my life feeling self conscious about how my ears were set on my head, and I started to look around for surgeons for my otoplasty to help correct them. After my first meeting with Dr. Zimm, I cancelled my remaining consultations with other surgeons. Dr. Zimm and his staff make you feel at ease and informed at every step of the process. From the consistent and clear communication all the way through to the fantastic results and follow up care, Dr. Zimm was without a doubt the right choice to handle my case. Thank you Dr. Zimm and team!"


Frequently asked questions

A facelift surgery in New York City is an excellent surgery to reverse the many signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. However, a facelift does not stop the aging process; over time, patients will accumulate new wrinkles and other aging characteristics. The timing of when these will affect the outcomes of a facelift depends on the procedure performed.

A standard facelift can provide rejuvenating effects that last 10 to 15 years. Mini-facelifts should be expected to provide excellent results for 5 to 10 years after the procedure.

The best age to have a Manhattan facelift surgery is when you determine the procedure to be right for you and your situation. Mini- and standard facelifts are commonly performed in a wide range of ages, from 35 to 65 years old. While there is no perfect age for a facelift, the sooner the issues of aging are addressed the better and longer-lasting the results due to the improved elasticity of younger skin. The best facelift surgeon in Manhattan recommends facelifts to be performed ideally in patients around 45 to 50 years of age.

The cost of a facelift in New York City depends on several factors, including the extent of the procedure, the surgeon's training and experience, and the patient's desires and goals. In the New York City area, facelift surgery can cost between $20,000 and $80,000 when performed by an expert facial plastic surgeon.

When choosing a surgeon to perform a facelift, the cost should not be the only factor to consider. Selecting a qualified and experienced facial plastic surgeon with a track record of delivering natural-looking and long-lasting results may save money in the long run by preventing complications and the need for additional surgery.

Yes, facelift procedures are considered major surgeries. These complex procedures involve elevating the skin from other facial tissues, pulling the skin upward, and excising excess skin. The surgeon can also access the deeper tissues of the face and tighten them to improve the natural appearance of the facelift. These procedures require general anesthesia and caution must be exercised before proceeding with a facelift surgery.

There are several features that one may notice that can indicate a facelift was performed. Visible scars and asymmetry of facial features can be seen when the procedure is poorly performed. Overtightening and an unnatural look, including deformities such as a pixie ear, pollybeak deformity, and a pinched nose tip suggest a facelift has been performed. However, careful consideration by a qualified facial plastic surgeon can decrease these signs and give a more naturally appearing outcome.

When performed correctly, a facelift will not change your smile. However, it will improve wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging that can make your smile more noticeable.


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