There are three contributing factors to the aging face – a loss of facial volume, a change in the overlying skin envelope (discoloration, lines and wrinkles), and sagging from the effects of gravity and loss of tissue elasticity and strength. For patients whose appearance doesn’t match how they feel or see themselves, a facelift (rhytidectomy) may help you look younger and give a more refreshed look. Dr. Kenneth O. Rothaus is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs rhytidectomy surgery for patients from not only NYC, Manhattan, Westchester, and the Upper East Side, but throughout the world who are seeking natural, lasting results.
What is a Facelift?
Dr. Rothaus’ facelift procedure tightens underlying facial tissues, removes excess fat, and smooths loose skin on the face and neck by incorporating the latest rejuvenation and surgical techniques. This improves cheek folds, loose jowls, and sagging skin around the neck. Dr. Rothaus is one of only a few plastic surgeons to utilize the Harmonic scalpel during this surgery. With the Harmonic facelift, there is very little bruising and swelling compared to conventional facial surgeries. Combined with nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatments such as Botox® and fillers or a skin resurfacing procedure, the results of this procedure can take a decade off one’s appearance.
What is a Mini Facelift?
A mini facelift is designed to minimize wrinkles and sagging in the cheek and jawline areas. Less invasive than a traditional facelift and often referred to as a “weekend facelift,” the mini facelift is popular among individuals looking to enhance their facial appearance and undergo a shorter recovery time.
Are You a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
Good candidates for surgery are men or women who demonstrate:
- Loose skin in the neck and jawline
- Loss of volume in the skin of the neck and/or face
- Loose skin in the mind-face area
How Does Facelift Surgery Work?
After Dr. Rothaus reviews the patient’s past medical and surgical history, an evaluation will be done of the factors that contribute to an aging appearance – skin quality, skin laxity, wrinkles, and folds. Facial volume and the underlying bone anatomy will also be assessed. A facial rejuvenation treatment plan will be created that will yield the best results.
Patients with less sagging skin will usually only need a “mini” lift. Other types of facelifts include a plication of the platysma muscle in the neck and the SMAS layer in the cheek, a tightening of the skin and removal of the excess fat in the neck. Other types of procedures include a mid-face lift and a deep-plane lift. It is very common to combine nonsurgical techniques with the Harmonic facelift to maximize results. This may include wrinkle fillers or Botox®, as well as a laser or chemical peel for deep lines and wrinkles, or a photofacial to address skin irregularities on the surface such as scars, sunspots and blemishes.
What is the Recovery like After a Facelift Procedure?
Rhytidectomy surgery at Rothaus Plastic Surgery is generally done under sedation and local anesthesia. General anesthesia is rarely required. Because of the use of the Harmonic scalpel, we have not found it generally necessary to employ drains. In addition, for the same reason, swelling and bruising are usually minimal, with most patients being able to return to work after one week. For the comfort of our patients, staples are not used during surgery and patients are seen at approximately day four to five and days 10 -12 for suture removal. Most patients can resume modest exercise in two to three weeks. A complete recovery from a surgery occurs in about three weeks. Supplemental procedures, such as nonsurgical skin rejuvenation, are often performed after the first week.
Plan Your Procedure
Recovery Time: 10-14 days
Average Procedure Time: 2-3 hours
Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
Turn Back the Hands of Time
Facelifts are becoming more and more common, especially with advanced surgical skills and progressive surgical techniques. Experienced surgeons understand the anatomy of the face and produce results that are not only lasting, but also natural by appearance. If you are ready to turn back the hands of time and look younger today, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a complete consultation to learn more. We proudly serve patients in NYC, Manhattan, Westchester, and the neighboring communities.