Procedures

Face Lift in New York City and Connecticut

The face lift is perhaps the most famous procedure in plastic surgery. It may also be the most misunderstood. Many people thinking about a face lift New York City and Connecticut think the procedure is only for the rich and famous. Others think that face lifts makes you look plastic and unnatural. They may even think that face lifts don't work. But they're wrong!

Sure, in the past, many celebrities sported face lifts that were too tight and unnatural — and outrageously expensive. But today's technologically improved procedures can absolutely work wonders. Some patients look as much as ten years younger — and they look younger naturally. Instead of looking as if they "got lifted," they simply look radiant and refreshed. Healthy. And younger.

In addition to looking extremely natural, face lifts today now last longer than ever — as long as ten years. And many patients enthusiastically repeat this procedure with great success. One reason why is the many advances in surgical techniques.

After your face lift in New York City, friends will ask not if you've had surgery, but rather, have you been on vacation? Did you lose weight? What exercise program are you on? To learn more about face lifts, click here to view our Face Lift FAQ's. And when you're ready, request a consultation with Dr. Erlich at Profiles & Contours for a personal assessment of your cosmetic needs.

All About Face Lifts

New York FaceliftToday, when performing a face lift, we routinely tighten not only the skin but the underlying muscles as well. And that makes an enormous difference. At our New York plastic surgery center, the face lift as performed under "twilight" anesthesia as an outpatient procedure and takes approximately two to three hours.

We begin with an incision behind the hairline, which extends in natural skin creases down and around the ear and then back into the hair-bearing scalp behind the ear. This incision is designed for maximum camouflage. A tiny incision is also made under the chin to allow fat removal and muscle tightening in the neck. After elevating the skin from the underlying tissues, liposuction techniques are used to remove excess facial fatty deposits.

The deeper layers of lax tissues are then tightened — which is why longer lasting and more natural results are possible. Finally comes the excess skin. We take great care to make sure the skin is made taut, but not overtightened. The proper amount of skin tension is a crucial factor in beautiful, natural results — and it's why you should choose a surgeon with a great deal of experience in face lift surgery.

Together, the tightened muscles and removal of excess skin and fat will diminish and often remove creases, lines, and folds and restore the younger natural contours of your face. Your jawline, cheekbones, and neck will become more defined and attractive as they regain their youthful, firm appearance.

We can perform a face lift alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, forehead lift, laser skin-resurfacing or rhinoplasty in Manhattan, NYC. When receiving a face lift, most New York patients will combine it with one or more smaller procedures to help minimize the overall recovery period. It is likely that your facial rejuvenation procedures will be done at our New York plastic surgery facility, but for your convenience, your initial face lift consultation and after care appointments can be scheduled at our Connecticut cosmetic surgery facility.

Recovery is surprisingly quick and usually pain-free. There is some bruising and swelling, and usually five days of wearing a bandage that you'll have to put up with. The use of tissue glue - a fibrin "sealant" — has even more significantly sped up the recovery phase, often totally eliminating bruising and allowing an excellent appearance after just one week. Most patients are back to work and their normal activities within two weeks of the procedure — looking and feeling younger, too.

If you think you are a candidate for a face lift in New York, Dr. Erlich at Profiles & Contours invites you to request a consultation or call 212.861.4100 today to schedule your appointment. You can meet with Dr. Erlich at our Connecticut cosmetic surgery center or in New York City to discuss your surgical expectations and face lift questions.

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