Facelift/Mini Facelift in New York, NY

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What is a facelift?

A facelift removes excess skin and tightens the underlying sagging tissues in the cheeks, jawline, and neck, thereby restoring a youthful appearance. Typically, a full facelift involves a longer incision compared to a mini facelift. It is used when the sagging skin in the neck and face is more advanced. During facelift surgery, sagging skin is repositioned, excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed, and the underlying musculature is re-suspended with permanent sutures to make the lift last longer. The skin is re-draped in an upward and slightly posterior direction to give a natural look to the face. Extra time is also taken to hide incisions around the ear and back into the hair while preserving the hair in the front and behind the ears. Additionally, a facelift is typically combined with wrinkle-removing procedures, like laser resurfacing or radiofrequency microneedling, to rejuvenate the skin. At the Klausner Institute in New York, NY, female facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. offers facelift procedures with natural-looking results.

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift, also called a short scar facelift, is designed to improve advanced facial aging in the mid-face, cheeks, and lower eyelids. This procedure will help to reestablish facial balance, giving an overall lift to the neck and lower third of the face. Female facial plastic surgeon Dr. Klausner performs this procedure for patients looking to avoid a traditional facelift in an attempt to cut down on recovery time. The mini facelift can be modified to improve neck fat and correct platysmal bands. Since the mini facelift is less invasive, it can be performed more quickly and often requires minimal anesthesia — much less than a traditional facelift. Additionally, patients are usually able to return home shortly after the procedure. All of these factors help keep the cost of the mini facelift more affordable in comparison to other anti-aging surgical treatments. The procedure generally enhances key facial areas with less risk and less stress than a standard facelift. Dr. Klausner surgically tightens and repositions the skin and muscles on the face to obtain a younger-looking appearance.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

Sagging skin can make you feel older and cause a loss of confidence in your appearance. Dr. Klausner rejuvenates the face by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying tissues. Our team uses top-of-the-line techniques to minimize scarring and maximize results. This unique procedure can even be combined with other cosmetic treatments for a dramatic transformation. We understand that everyone’s skin ages differently, so we tailor each facelift to the individual.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift or mini facelift?

Often, individuals inquiring about a surgical facelift are annoyed by advanced lines and wrinkles in the temple to jowl areas of the face. A facelift can target many areas, depending on your unique goals. Mini facelifts can offer even more alternatives for individuals who do not necessarily want or need as intensive of a surgical procedure. Candidates should note that age doesn't always define the optimal time to opt for a facelift. There are several unique aesthetic concerns, as well as many lift types, to take into account. The method used will be different for patients who are 35 years old versus those who are older. Skin laxity is one of the main factors in the decision-making process. Further, facelift patients should be in good overall health, refrain from smoking, and maintain realistic outcome expectations.

What are the results like from a mini facelift?

After receiving a mini facelift, you will see immediate results. Visually, there will be a quick and definable difference from before your procedure. For days and weeks following the surgery, your appearance will improve. As bruising and swelling begins to go down, you will return to a more “natural” state.

Where and how is a mini facelift performed?

Facelift/mini facelift specialist Dr. Klausner performs her mini facelift procedures in the office under local anesthesia or at a surgery center under full anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the procedure. The procedure itself normally only takes a few hours, but expect to block out 4 – 5 hours for preparation and recovery. Dr. Klausner works to ensure you feel comfortable and supported throughout the whole process.

What is the recovery from a mini facelift?

Like with any procedure, there will be swelling and bruising. A mini facelift is considerably less invasive than a traditional facelift though. Female facial plastic surgeon Dr. Klausner suggests patients take several days, if not a full week, off from work to allow the body to heal after a mini facelift.

What else can be done during a mini facelift?

Depending on the requirements of the patient, Dr. Klausner may use facial and neck liposuction (submentoplasty) to remove deposits of fat in the neck and cheeks. Once the fat is removed from the neck and face, facelift and mini facelift specialist Dr. Klausner may tighten the muscles and remove any excess skin. Liposuction of the neck and face is much more comfortable than traditional body liposuction procedures so patients typically only require local anesthesia. During your short recovery process, you will be able to manage any pain with over-the-counter medications.

Looking for an Experienced Facelift Doctor?

Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. has years of experience performing facelift procedures and knows the techniques, decisions, and medical aesthetic principles to safely and effectively perform facelifts and mini facelifts in Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, NY. Reach out to the Klausner Institute today to schedule your free consultation, and ask more about this amazing procedure.

Facelift FAQs

Will I look fake after a facelift?

In the days after facelift surgery, it's normal for your skin to feel pulled or tight. These short-term effects are temporary and should subside over the following days and weeks. It’s important to find a reputable female surgeon like Dr. Klausner, who is skilled in facial surgery. Rest assured that we make every effort to ensure your results are as natural and beautiful as possible.

What about visible scars?

Like many other cosmetic procedures, facelift surgery does require incisions. However, in almost all cases, these incisions are made in your natural facial contours. Our clinic also provides detailed instructions so patients can take care of the healing tissue at home. In most cases, facelift scars are barely visible to the naked eye.

How much does a facelift cost?

The cost of your facelift will depend on the technique and other factors. In your consultation, Dr. Klausner will create your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. When this is established, our team can go over cost estimates with you. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's best to focus on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Klausner, instead of the lowest price. Our team can give you information on low-interest financing that will make your facelift affordable.

Which technique is best for me?

The best technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, which areas of your face are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Klausner will discuss the different surgical techniques in your consultation. She can then help you decide which technique is best for you.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?

Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging, but the results won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask a member of our team about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments during your consultation.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?

Although there are a number of nonsurgical procedures available, results from these treatments are often limited. However, Dr. Klausner does provide cosmetic injections like wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers for subtle improvements. In your consultation, we can discuss your options and select which one is right for your goals.

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