Are you looking for a natural, rejuvinated looking face? Do you want to look as young as you feel? Dr. Kassir is a top facelift surgein in NYC.
by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Learn More About Dr. Kassir >
Facelifts, or facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the neck, jowls, and the midface. Facelifts are designed to undo the visible signs of aging in the face, including double chins, jowls that obscure the jaw line, and the verticle bands of the skin and muscle in the front of the neck. Dr. Kassir is the best facelift surgeon in NYC. Patients travel from out of state and from international destinations for Dr. Kassir's signature facelifts in his Park Ave, NYC clinic. Click here to see facelifts by Dr. Kassir and his patient stories.
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What is a Facelift?
When a person grows older, the midface begins to go drop, so that smile lines" or "laugh lines appear. The lower face also begins to show jowling, near the chin. As well, the neck muscles sag, which produces banding and redundancy. These three areas can be improved with a facelift.
The best facelift techniques resuspend the deep tissues of the face and allow the face and neck skin to be elevated. This produces a natural rejuvenation. Dr. Kassir's techniques avoid the "plastic" or unnatural and stretched appearance so common with facelift surgeries. In fact, the surgery is typically performed without the need for general anesthesia and a 1 to 3 week recovery period is usually necessary after the procedure.
Specifically, what can Facelift Surgery do?
Facelifts, technically known as rhytidectomies, rejuvenate the mid to lower face and neck. Facelifts are most effective for NYC patients who want to correct:
- Midface sagging
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth
- Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
- Sagging areas of fat
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
Are you considering a Facelift in NYC? Are you a good Facelift surgery candidate?
The best candidates for a facelift are:
- Wish to improve one or more of the signs of aging indicated above
- Are men or women whose faces have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity
- Are generally healthy
- Are considering a facelift for personal reasons to improve their image and appearance
Recovery from a Facelift
The most important thing to remember after a facelift is patience. The body takes time to heal, and your face will look worse before it looks better. Your face may feel tender and tight after the surgery, and there will be discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Kassir can prescribe painkillers to alleviate the pain, and antibiotics to fend off infection.You should be up and about in a few days, and be sure to walk around 3 to 4 times a day to increase circulation, and prevent blood clots. The bruising and swelling will subside and you should be fine in about 2 weeks. Full recovery however may take 1 to 4 months. Do not bend over or lift heavy objects until Dr. Kassir gives the all clear. Also stay away from saunas, steamrooms, alcohol, aspirin, and ibuprofen. If Incisions were made in the mouth consult Dr. Kassir on what to eat until your recovery is completed. Sleep with your head elevated for example on a pillow, and as still as possible. If you experience any extreme pain, excessive redness, or elevated temperature contact Dr. Kassir immediately.
After your rhytidectomy facelift surgery, Dr. Kassir will wrap the incisions in light bandages. On the next day your hair can be carefully washed and a week later the sutures will be removed.
At first, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Recovery will be noticed usually within 3-6 weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy or itchy in time.
Many NYC facelift surgery patients return to work by the second week and some resume normal activities by day five.
What are the different types of Surgical Facelifts?
The SMAS Facelift is the traditional facelift which pulls up the SMAS layer and is effective for those with jowls and skin laxity.
The Deep Plane Facelift is a modification of the traditonal facelift that works more effictively on the midface areas such as nasolabial folds.
The Endscopic Facelift is a minimally invasive technique using small cameras to guide insturments and allows for lifting the midface and brow.
The Midface Lift is a procudure to specifically targert the areas of aging in the midface; the areas between the cheekbones.
The Mini Faceliift is related to the traditional facelift but involves smaller incisions behind the ear and focuses on adjusting the skin.
The Tissue-glue Facelift is a technique that uses fibrin, a safe biological agent, to close inscision as opposed to sutures.
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Facelift Questions & Answers
How Long Does the Recovery After a Facelift Take?
The process of healing from a facelift varies from patient to patient. You can resume normal daily activities after about two weeks. It will be a while before you are totally ready. Dr. Kassir will usually remove any sutures at 7 days, and some patients can go back to exercising as early as ten days. Any high-profile event (wedding, reunion, etc) should not be undertaken until at least two to three weeks after surgery.
How Long Does a Facelift Last?
This is a common question; remember that people continue to age even after a facelift. The lasting influence of a facelift is indeed one that can be different from person to person, depending on different variables. First, the type of facelift is always important. SMAS and deep-plane facelifts, which involve altering the muscular contours of the face and, in effect, the structure of the face are definitely more longer-lasting than lesser examples like the S-Lift which only deal with the surface skin and surrounding tissues. SMAS and deep-plane facelifts last up to 10-12 years, whereas smaller scale surgeries last around 5 to 8 years. Also important is the patient. Typically, patients who can maintain higher bone densities and have a tendency to maintain taut skin have a higher chance of maintaining the results of their facelift for a longer period of time.
Should I have fillers or have a Facelift?
Fillers (restylane, perlane, radiesse) should be used in patients who are younger with the expectation that the results will only be temporary. Filler can also be use in patients who are too afraid to undergo a Facelift. Fillers are designed to address issues of volume loss in the face, while Facelits address skin laxity in older patients. As we age there is a point where only a Facelift can achieve the desired results.
How long will swelling last after a Vampire Lift?
After a Vampire Lift swelling will be visible for 2-3 days. A Vampire lift may last for 3 months, and has not been proven to be as effective as injectable fillers or fat injections. Though a Vampire Facelift is marketed with the name “Facelift” it is not a true facelift.
What is a One-Hour Facelift?
This may be just a term for many things: a nonsurgical facelift (K-lift®), or a liquid facelift. Surgical “facelifts” that can be done in one hour cannot offer the results of a traditional, normally 3-4 hour SMAS facelift. There are no short cuts or secrets; even the smallest mini-facelifts (SLifts, minilifts, etc.) normally take 1.5 to 2 hours. The only lift that Dr. Kassir performs that takes less than one hour is the patented K-lift®, which is a suture suspension lift without any inicsions.
Why do I have persistent long-term pain post-facelift?
The problem in your case could be dysesthesia which occurs when nerve pains do not go away shortly after surgery with massage, etc. Some potential methods of treatment could be massage. However, if nerve pain persists, patients may want to consult neurologists or pain specialists.