Facelift

Facelift in New York City

A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that is done to improve the appearance of the face and neck. During this surgery, Dr. Ascherman lifts the soft tissues of the face as well as removes any excess skin. This plastic surgery procedure is often considered when a patient has loose facial skin, excess skin on their lower jaw line, excess fat and skin in the neck, and/or sagging cheeks. A facelift from Dr. Ascherman can give you a more youthful shape to your face. It’s important to understand that a facelift isn’t meant for fine facial wrinkles or creases around the nose.

Face Rejuvenation Procedures

During facelift surgery, Dr. Ascherman uses various techniques to help achieve a patient’s desired results. Typically, with a traditional facelift, incisions are made in the hairline as well as down and around the front of the ears finishing behind the ears. A limited incision facelift is when he uses short incisions in the same areas as the other surgery type, but this leads to less scarring. A neck lift is normally done in conjunction with a facelift. Occasionally, however, a neck lift alone is performed, with incisions in front of the earlobes and continuing behind the ears into the lower portion of the scalp.

After he makes these incisions, fat is removed or redistributed from the face, jaws and/or neck. Liposuction is often performed as well. A facelift will take anywhere from three to four hours; however, it may take longer if other procedures are being done at the same time (such as eyelid surgery, Botox, or dermal fillers). After surgery is done, a small drain is typically placed underneath the skin behind each ear in order to drain excess fluid, and these drains are removed the day following surgery. The patient’s incisions are covered with bandages to help minimize bruising and swelling.

Much like any surgery, there are risks to having a facelift that Dr. Ascherman will discuss fully with you during your consultation. Some of these risks include:

  • Scarring (typically they are concealed by the hairline or the contours of the face)
  • Swelling/Bruising (this may last for several weeks)
  • Changes in the sensation of the face

In the first few days post-op, you must rest with your head elevated and avoid exposing yourself to any strenuous activities. You will likely see Dr. Ascherman the day after your facelift to remove the drains, for wound care, and for new bandages. Stitches are usually removed in two stages, and are all out within two weeks or less of the surgery.

Dr. Ascherman specializes in performing facelift procedures and other facial surgery procedures for patients from all over the New York area, as well as from New Jersey, Connecticut, and elsewhere. To learn more about his experience and recommendations, contact his New York office today to schedule a consultation.