THE FACE AND NECK LIFT
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.
- Hair pattern and thickness.
- Previous surgical scars.
- Skin elasticity, thickness, texture and color.
- Underlying bone structure, including the desirability of chin or cheek augmentations to enhance structural facial definition.
- Adjunctive procedures such as laser resurfacing, injectable filler, or BOTOX cosmetic injections.
- Chin and cheek augmentation, or liposuction, are usually performed first if indicated.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Frequently asked questions
The ideal age varies depending on the procedure. Some surgeries, like rhinoplasty, are often performed in late teens or early twenties, while others are more common among older adults seeking anti-aging treatments.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in a accredited facility, plastic surgery is generally safe. However, all surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and individual factors also play a role in safety.
Recovery time varies depending on the procedure and individual healing abilities. Some treatments may have minimal downtime, while others may require several weeks of recuperation.
Skilled surgeons strive to provide natural-looking outcomes. Open communication with your surgeon about your expectations and goals is crucial for achieving the results you desire.
Most surgeries result in some scarring, but plastic surgeons aim to minimize scarring through careful incision placement and suturing techniques. Scar management post-surgery can also help.
The cost varies by procedure and location. We do not accept insurance.
It's crucial to select a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the specific procedure you're interested in. Reading reviews, checking credentials, and scheduling consultations can help with this decision.