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Facelift & Mini Facelift: Enhance Your Natural Beauty

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Welcome to Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery for facelift and mini facelift surgery in New York City on Park Avenue.

Dr. Steven Pearlman has decades of experience treating every imaginable type of facial plastic surgery patient in his practice located in the heart of Manhattan. Above all, Dr. Pearlman’s aim is a natural, beautifully revitalized version of yourself.

The importance of choosing a facial plastic surgeon for the best facelift in NYC.

Your face is arguably your body’s most important feature. We all desire a facial appearance of youth; but age, gravity, smoking, sunlight, and a myriad of other factors can lead to wrinkles, sagging skin under the chin (“turkey neck”), jowls along the jawline, volume loss in the cheeks and more.

When it comes to any work on the face, patients should always choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to get the best facelift results. Dr. Pearlman spent his entire medical residency and fellowship training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, specifically on the face.

 

He became intimately familiar with the anatomy and surgery of the face, both inside and out. Now, having been in practice for over 30 years, Dr. Pearlman consistently delivers facelift results that last and look entirely natural.

 

To quote the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, “Trust your face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon.” Dr. Pearlman advises his friends and family to do the same in order to receive the best facelift in NYC.

What is a facelift?

At its core, a facelift is a procedure where a plastic surgeon “lifts” the face by separating under the skin and muscle and re-suspending the tissues. The result is a drastic improvement in the cheeks, jawline, jowls, and neck skin.

Many patients combine a facelift with a blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation), brow lift, and/or lip lift for complete facial rejuvenation.

Many people desire to reverse signs of aging on their skin, and a facelift is arguably the most transformative procedure to accomplish this.

Your skin fundamentally changes as you age, producing less collagen and elastin (the proteins responsible for skin structure) and changing based on its environment.

Excess sun exposure and other lifestyle factors can directly affect your skin’s appearance. Some patients prefer to refer to this as a cheek-neck lift.

Like any aesthetic procedure, a facelift is never a one-size-fits-all process. This surgery is very nuanced, and to get the best results, you’ll need to understand your options for a facelift and work with an expert.

A facelift in NYC can address:

Jowls

Extra neck skin

General facial laxity

Sagging cheeks

Nasolabial folds

Marionette lines

Facial volume loss

Now that you know what a facelift is, it’s important to note that there are several facelift types.

Types of
Facelifts

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Deep Plane Facelift

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While Dr. Pearlman does perform many different facelift techniques in his NYC office, his favorite and most enduring is the deep plane facelift. This technique addresses the muscle layer underneath the skin, called the SMAS. By releasing, tightening and securing this musculature, Dr. Pearlman is better able to drape the skin into a more youthful contour. The deep plane facelift also repositions sagging cheeks back to their original position, restoring beautiful young cheeks. Not only that, the deep plane facelift produces longer lasting results than a standard facelift, and it can also look more natural because all the tension is placed on the underlying muscle layer.

 

Throughout Dr. Pearlman’s 25+ years in practice, one of his patients’ primary concerns for their facelift in New York City is that they don’t want to look “pulled.” The deep plane facelift eradicates that possibility, allowing patients to enjoy their new and rejuvenated appearance with total freedom. Experts consider this the most natural-looking facelift because it rejuvenates muscle laxity and tightens skin in one procedure.

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Mini-Facelift

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The mini-facelift, also known as a “short flap” facelift, rejuvenates the lower face for patients with minimal sagging that causes early jowls and excess skin in the lower face and neck. This procedure utilizes “short flap” incisions that begin just above the ears, go down and around the inside of the small rectangular “tragus” at the opening of the ears, and end just behind the earlobes.

The underlying muscular system in the lower face is tightened as needed for an uplifted and smoother facial contour and youthful jawline. The mini-facelift is best for younger patients who do not have heavy jowls, severe neck laxity, sagging cheeks or significant facial aging.

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SMAS Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

A SMAS facelift gets its name from a layer of tissue beneath the skin–the superficial muscular aponeurotic system. Through the aging process, this layer gradually loses support and elasticity, leading to drooping cheeks, pronounced jowls, deeper nasolabial folds, and sagging tissues in general.

A SMAS facelift addresses these issues at the source, lifting and tightening the underlying musculature before trimming excess fat and skin. This allows patients to enjoy relief from more advanced signs of aging in the face. Additionally, the skin itself improves in appearance, shedding wrinkles that have been around for years or even decades.

 

 

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Male Facelift

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The male facial anatomy and structure are different from the female face. And because it has its own quirks and qualities, the male facelift is specifically curated for that. Chiseled. Masculine. Confident.

A male facelift is a surgical procedure that helps men restore their youthfulness and facial vibrance. During the procedure, a cosmetic surgeon trims excess skin tissue, removes unwanted fatty deposits, and tightens the underlying muscles. Consequently, the procedure eliminates wrinkles, sagging skin, drooping skin under the neck and deep nasolabial folds to restore a youthful facial appearance.

The incisions for a male facelift are somewhat different than those used for women. It is important to keep the pattern of beard growth and receding hairlines in mind when planning a facelift for men. Men also have thicker skin and a richer blood supply. You’ll want a board-certified facial plastic surgery expert who understands this factor and how to work with it.

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Neck Lift

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It’s always important to ensure the neck is not forgotten. If a patient’s face is properly rejuvenated, an aging neck can betray those results. In some cases, the neck even exposes aging long before the face, often manifesting as skin creases or banding occurs.

Also known as a lower rhytidectomy, a neck lift surgically tightens your neck by addressing the platysmal bands, removing excess skin, reduces fat deposits, and eliminates banding. A neck lift can be performed alone without addressing the jawline and has shorter incisions than a facelift.

A neck lift serves several purposes: it removes excess fat, reduces banding, and tightens loose skin beneath the jawline. A neck lift can also address a so-called turkey wattle or double chin, leading to a more elegant transition up to the jawline. Dr. Pearlman is a holistic facial plastic surgeon, and will always examine the entire picture. During your consultation, he will help you determine if a neck lift alone will work or if you need a full face and neck lift.

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Non-Surgical "Facelift"

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We don’t consider any procedure a true “non-surgical facelift,” as minimally invasive procedures simply cannot have the same level of results as surgery.

Though nothing fully substitutes the results of an expert surgical facelift, we do offer several options if you are looking to get some improvement without surgery.

Liquid Lift

We can use facial fillers and neurotoxins to achieve a “liquid facelift” by using specific formulas that work well to fill in the cheeks and other areas of the face, giving a small lift and refreshed appearance.

FaceTite and Morpheus8

FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to contour the jawline and neck and tighten skin. We can combine FaceTite with Morpheus8, an RF microneedling technique, to significantly improve skin laxity. Another treatment option is ultherapy. We can find the best treatment or combination of treatments for you during a consultation.

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Why Choose Dr. Pearlman for a Facelift?

Dr. Steven Pearlman is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in NYC, specializing entirely in procedures of the face and neck. He is dual board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and in Head and Neck Surgery, making him uniquely qualified to perform the full spectrum of facial rejuvenation procedures. For patients seeking plastic surgery of the face or neck in New York City, Dr. Pearlman’s credentials are uncompromising.

Dr. Pearlman began his distinguished career with an extensive clinical and academic background. He not only serves on the editorial board of multiple medical periodicals, he also has personally written over 30 medical journal articles and book chapters and lectured at hundreds of medical conferences around the world. Dr. Pearlman has earned the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctor award for much of the past few decades. Additionally, Dr. Pearlman is a consummate humanitarian, taking an active role in multiple charitable organizations for which he travels overseas to provide pro bono medical services to those in need.

With Dr. Pearlman, the results are always natural, never overdone or “windswept.” Additionally, we offer different facelift options to our patients, catering to every degree of aging. We even offer non-surgical options for patients who aren’t ready for the full surgical experience.

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How it Works

Full Face Assessment

Mini-Facelift & Male Facelift

SMAS Facelift

Deep Plane Facelift

A great result begins with a stellar consultation.

“My only loyalty is to my patient. In today’s chaotic overload of cosmetic options, I believe this is the most important quality in a surgeon.” – Dr. Pearlman

During your consultation for facelift surgery in our New York office, the goal is absolute understanding between surgeon and patient. Dr. Pearlman will thoroughly assess your specific aesthetic needs.

How much lifting do you need? Do you have banding of the platysma muscle under the neck? Will a brow lift or eyelid procedure help rejuvenate the upper face? Which method will give you a refreshed and younger appearance? He analyzes your entire face with rejuvenation as the goal, and natural-looking results as the promise.

Mini Lift

We conduct the mini-facelift surgery under general or local anesthesia. Dr. Pearlman will make small hairline incisions around the ears to “elevate ” your skin upwards, redistribute fat and muscle, and trim excess skin tissues.

Once the procedure is done, your incisions will be sutured closed, and you’ll be released after a brief evaluation period.

Male Facelift

A difference of male facelifts that may occur is incision placement. Women generally have longer hair capable of covering the light incision scars. The same can’t be said for men. Placing incisions in the same style and location would lead to greater visibility after the procedure. Dr. Pearlman works with your unique appearance to fashion a tailored face lift.

During the procedure, Dr. Pearlman will place an incision that begins in the hairline, extends behind the ear, and into the hair. Your skin is lifted to isolate it from the underlying SMAS layer, and the underlying tissues are trimmed and manipulated to produce the desired results, and the facial skin is then lifted upwards.

Fat deposits are removed, and the skin is trimmed to produce a taut and smooth appearance. Finally, the incisions are sutured closed, and you can begin the recovery process.

A deep plane facelift uses the same incisions as a “short-flap facelift,” with another extension extending to the hairline behind the ears and into the temple. The technique involves lifting the underlying supporting tissues along with lax, drooping, or sagging skin.

The SMAS muscle is released from connections to the facial skeleton beneath to get maximal mobility and eliminate tension. Dr. Pearlman repositions any laxity at the cheeks and upper neck is improved, as the skin, SMAS and supporting tissue upward and back toward the ears. This unique facelift technique produces remarkably natural-looking results.

Considerations

Many patients have questions or concerns about anesthesia, and this is understandable. Dr. Pearlman typically performs a facelift with general anesthesia, meaning the patient is fully sedated during the procedure.
Dr. Pearlman employs only the finest surgical staff to support him during surgery, including a medical doctor as his anesthesiologist. At Pearlman Plastic Surgery, we have a pristine safety record for our patients, and that includes our application of anesthesia.
During your consultation, please be sure to ask any questions about anesthesia, and Dr. Pearlman will help you understand this critical component of the facelift procedure.

The Facelift Recovery Process

Unless you receive a mini-facelift, facelift patients must stay overnight in our facility with our nurse. Dr. Pearlman will advise you to stay indoors and avoid activities for a few days, and he’ll provide a set of detailed and thorough recovery guidelines.

You will need to plan for time to recover, which varies by individual and the type of facelift. You will need to plan to rest for a week or two before resuming normal activities.Gradually, the redness, bruising, and swelling will fade. The most challenging part of recovery is during the first week, due to the swelling and bruising. During this phase, you will have medication to help keep you comfortable.

Step 1.

After surgery, we often use drains in the neck to remove any blood that may collect and prevent it from accumulating under the skin. These drains are removed the morning after surgery before the patient returns home.

Step 2.

Six days post-op, we remove sutures in front of the ear where the skin is thinner.

Step 3.

Eight days post-op, we remove the sutures along the scalp where the skin is thicker.

Step 4.

Approximately a week and a half post-op, most bruising has gone away. Until this point, such bruising can typically be covered with makeup.

Step 5.

One and a half to two weeks post-op, most patients are able to return to work if they don’t mind that some swelling is still present.

Step 6.

At two weeks post-op, most patients are presentable for social situations.

Step 7.

Between three weeks to a month, patients can resume almost all functions. For very important functions, such as a wedding of a close family member, Dr. Pearlman recommends at least two months of healing.

A Facelift from Dr. Pearlman

Gratifying for both patient and surgeon.

With any work on the face, patients should always choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to get the best facelift results. Dr. Pearlman spent his entire medical residency and fellowship training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, specifically on the face.

He became intimately familiar with the anatomy and surgery of the face, both inside and out. Now, having been in practice for over 32 years, Dr. Pearlman consistently delivers facelift results that last and look entirely natural.

“Facelift surgery is a precise dissection alongside and underneath specific facial planes. I get the opportunity to significantly improve a patient’s appearance, making them look more youthful and refreshed. It’s highly rewarding to see a patient gaze into the mirror months post-op and say, ‘Now I look as young and vital on the outside as I feel on the inside.'”

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Non-Surgical Facelift

Am I a good candidate for a deep plane facelift in NYC?

Patients of a variety of ages can benefit from a deep plane facelift. Younger patients who see the early signs of sagging and jowls can look years younger, while older patients can restore jawline definition, youthful cheeks, and smooth jowls and facial creases with a deep plane facelift.

During your consultation, we can discuss how to best achieve your desired results. It’s possible that you’ll benefit from a deep plane facelift paired with another facial rejuvenation procedure.

How long can I expect my results to last?

A highly skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon can make all the difference. With Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery, you can expect a beautiful and natural transformation that is long-lasting, with skin that looks many years younger until you get back to where you were when you had your facelift. A deep plane facelift is a permanent procedure, but the aging process continues. You will be able to enjoy younger skin for much longer than you would have otherwise.

What’s the difference between a deep plane facelift and a traditional facelift?

A deep plane facelift is a variant of a traditional facelift procedure sometimes referred to as an extended deep plane facelift. During a deep plane facelift, the skin and muscles are moved as a unit instead of separately as in a traditional or SMAS facelift. This prevents unnecessary tension on the skin and aids in more natural looking results.

Will there be visible scars?

Deep plane facelift incisions typically heal with minimal to no visible scarring. A deep plane facelift does not create an unnatural tension or pulled look to the skin. Without tension on the incisions, they will heal to the point of being virtually invisible.

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Persistent in the Pursuit of Perfection

For decades, Dr. Pearlman has been persistent in his search for perfection as the best facelift surgeon in New York. He brings evolution, experience, expertise, and uniqueness to his facelift patients in our Park Avenue office. The goal of Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery is to help patients to actualize their ideal self-image for the highest level of personal authenticity and attractiveness. Dr. Pearlman couples an attentive bedside manner and genuine concern for his patients’ welfare to deliver the best facelift results.

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