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What is a facelift?

Your Guide to Facelifts

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.

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.

What a Facelift Can Treat

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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A deep plane facelift is the most common facelift Dr. Pearlman performs. Experts consider this the most natural-looking facelift because it rejuvenates muscle laxity and tightens skin in one procedure.

The deep plane facelift will also help address flattened cheeks and deep nasolabial folds that might not be addressed in a standard SMAS facelift.The results appear natural due to the elevation and resuspension of both the muscle and skin tissues.

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Mini-Facelift

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Also known as a “short flap” facelift, a mini-facelift rejuvenates the lower half of the face and is ideal for patients with minimal sagging and excess skin in the lower face along the jawline.

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SMAS Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

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A SMAS facelift gets its name from a layer of tissue beneath the skin—superficial muscular aponeurotic system. This facelift technique lifts and tightens underlying musculature before trimming excess fat and skin.

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Male Facelift

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A male facelift differs from a female facelift in the incision that is not as easily covered by hair. Dr. Pearlman works with men’s unique anatomies to create a surgical plan to create the most natural results possible.

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Neck Lift

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A neck lift is a part of a facelift. 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.

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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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Recovery

Facelift Recovery Time

The recovery period after a facelift depends on the type of facelift you receive and other factors. Typically, mini-facelift patients return to their normal routine after a week and a half. The healing period after a deep plane facelift goes up to 2-3 weeks.

If you would like to have your results fully healed before a big event such as a family wedding, Dr. Pearlman recommends at least 2 to 3 months or more for full recovery. However, you should feel comfortable at most events after 3 to 4 weeks.

Our team will provide you with detailed information on what to expect after a facelift. Unless you receive a mini-facelift, we require all of our facelift patients to stay overnight in our facility with our nurse. Our team provides in-depth recovery guidelines and facelift recovery tips.

Facelift Recovery

Step 1.

After surgery, we often use drains in the neck to prevent any fluid from accumulating under the skin. We usually remove these drains 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 hairline where the skin is thicker.

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

Two weeks post-op, most patients can return to work if they don’t mind that some swelling is still present.

Step 6.

At 2-3 weeks post-op, most patients are presentable for social situations.

Step 7.

Between 3 weeks to a month, patients can resume almost all functions.

Facelift Before & After Results

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Choosing the Right 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.

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 results. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Deep Plane Facelift

Facelift & Mini Facelift

Facelift Types

Male Facelift

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.

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.

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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About Dr. Pearlman

Dr. Steven Pearlman is a distinguished reconstructive and facial plastic surgeon in New York City. Operating out of our office on Park Avenue and with a wide range of professional credits, he is also an educator and humanitarian.

Dr. Pearlman is uniquely board-certified in both Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and in Head & Neck Surgery.

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Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery

Through innovative, cutting-edge technology coupled with an intuitive understand of how to accomplish each patient’s unique objectives, our surgeons consistently deliver exceptional cosmetic surgery results.

Located on Park Avenue in Manhattan, Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery is your premier destination for refined, natural-looking results and premium care for everything from rhinoplasty and body contouring, to non-surgical options for facial and body rejuvenation.

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