Questions about Face Lift Surgery

Dermatology, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in New York City (NYC) and Manhattan

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a facial cosmetic surgery procedure designed to give long-lasting correction of common symptoms of facial aging.

What can a facelift treat?

A facelift is directed primarily at symptoms of facial aging located in the lower two-thirds of the face. It works by elevating sagging tissues and can be used to correct:

  • Jowls
  • Facial folds like deep lines around the nose and mouth
  • Sagging skin and fat that leads to a poorly defined chin

For correction of aging in the upper face as well, a facelift can be combined with eyelid surgery or a brow lift.

Is a facelift better than nonsurgical cosmetic treatment?

A facelift and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments both have their place in facial rejuvenation, and both give great results when properly used. Which one is better for you depends on your symptoms of facial aging and your cosmetic goals, something we can only determine during a personal consultation. Please call 212-688-JUVA (5882) or email us to schedule time with one of our board-certified doctors.

What is the facelift procedure like?

There are many different kinds of facelifts, and the one you receive will be custom-designed for you. In general, though, incisions around the ears are used to elevate sagging facial tissues that are secured in a more youthful position. Excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is put back in place in a smooth, natural arrangement.

What is recovery from a facelift like?

After a facelift you will experience some potentially significant discomfort, bruising, and swelling. The amount and duration of these effects will depend on the amount of lifting necessary, but it sometimes lasts as long as two weeks after surgery. After the first week, though, you will likely be able to return to work and can wear concealing makeup. Results will continue to improve for up to several months after surgery.

Will a facelift change my face?

Facial aging has already changed your face. A facelift will change it back, not altering the key features that make you recognizably you, but simply undoing the symptoms of facial aging.

Why should I choose Juva Skin and Laser Center for my facelift?

A facelift is a powerful tool for facial rejuvenation, but it is not the only and not always the best tool for every patient. At Juva Skin and Laser Center, our board-certified doctors have extensive experience with numerous facial rejuvenation techniques and know when you can get the results you desire without surgery. When we do opt for surgery, we are capable of giving excellent, natural-looking results. You can see examples in our Before and after gallery.

To learn more about facelifts and other forms of facial rejuvenation at Juva Skin and Laser, please schedule a consultation at our practice in central Manhattan.


Bruce E. Katz, M.D., Director
60 East 56th Street, Suite 2,
New York, NY 10022-3204
212.688.JUVA (5882)or MediSpa: 212.421.9501
Fax: 212.421.9502

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