Facelift Surgery in NYC

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There are many contributing factors to the aging face – a loss of facial volume, a change in the overlying skin (discoloration, lines, and wrinkles), laxity from the effects of gravity, and loss of tissue elasticity and strength. For those who have signs of loose skin on their face and neck, a facelift (rhytidectomy) is a great option to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Dr. Kenneth Rothaus is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs this cosmetic surgery procedure for patients from not only NYC, Manhattan, Westchester, and the Upper East Side, but throughout the world who are seeking natural, lasting results.

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What is Facelift Surgery?

At our offices in Westchester and New York City, facelifts are one of the most popular procedures Dr. Rothaus performs. His facelift surgical procedure uses the latest rejuvenation techniques to tighten underlying facial tissues, remove loose skin on the face and neck, and eliminate excess fat. This improves the appearance of the cheeks, wrinkles, loose jowls, an undefined jawline, 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. Dr. Rothaus even offers this procedure under local anesthesia, minimizing the need for sedation and downtime for qualifying patients.

Are You a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Good candidates for facelift surgery are men or women seeking a more youthful appearance who demonstrate:

  • Lax skin in the mid-face, neck, and jawline
  • Deep lines and folds around the nose and mouth
  • Neck bands
  • Submental fat

How Does Facelift Surgery Work?

First, the patient will speak with Dr. Rothaus about their aesthetic needs, goals, and expectations for the facelift procedure. He will walk them through the details of rhytidectomy surgery, including preparation, the procedure itself, and the recovery process, allowing for discussion of any questions or concerns.

The patient and Dr. Rothaus will discuss their complete medical history, including any facial procedures they have had performed previously, any allergies they may have, and any medications or supplements they are currently taking.

After Dr. Rothaus reviews the patient’s past medical and surgical history, an evaluation will be done of the factors that contribute to facial aging – skin quality, skin laxity, wrinkles, and folds. Facial volume and the underlying bone anatomy will also be assessed. Photographs may be taken at this time. A facial rejuvenation treatment plan will be created that will yield the best results.

Patients with less sagging facial skin may be good candidates for a “mini” lift. Other types of facelifts include a plication of the platysma muscle in the neck and the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer in the cheek, a tightening of the skin, and removal of the excess fat in the neck. There is also a deep-plane facelift, which repositions the fat pads and muscles within the face. Dr. Rothaus performs all facelift varieties using the Harmonic scalpel which is an advanced surgical technique that minimizes downtime, swelling and bruising. It is also common to combine nonsurgical techniques with facelifts to maximize results. This may include dermal fillers or Botox®, as well as laser treatments such as CoolPeel or Fractional Laser Resurfacing for skin resurfacing, uneven texture and hyperpigmentation, which a facelift alone cannot address. Dr. Rothaus’ comprehensive treatment plan is how he achieves excellent facial rejuvenation results.

You’ll be in great care, as Dr. Rothaus is considered by his patients to offer the best facelift New York City and Westchester residents can look forward to.

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 and local anesthesia alone is used more and more frequently.  Due to 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 during facelift recovery 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 surgery occurs in about three weeks. Supplemental procedures, such as non-surgical skin rejuvenation, are often performed after the first week.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in NYC and Westchester?

The overall cost of a facelift in NYC or Westchester is determined by the details of each specific case. The techniques used to perform the surgery, the type of anesthesia chosen, the amount of tissue removed, and the total time required to perform the procedure all play a role in the final price of a facelift.

Learn More Today Getting a Facelift in NYC

The best way to learn more about an NYC facelift is by contacting Rothaus Plastic Surgery and setting up a facelift consultation with Dr. Kenneth Rothaus. Dr. Rothaus is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this facial procedure and our many other treatment options.

Real Patient Testimonials

Two and half weeks ago I had a facelift and Dr. Rothaus did an amazing job! I had very little discomfort and very little bruising. I went to lunch with my sister in law one week after the surgery and she didn’t notice. When I told her she couldn’t believe how great I looked. Dr. Rothaus is an artist and more importantly a wonderful man.

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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 with NYC facelift expert, Dr. Rothaus. We proudly serve patients in New York City, Manhattan, Westchester, and the neighboring communities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does a facelift make you look younger?

Absolutely. While everyone's results will vary, a facelift can make you look at least a decade younger. A facelift includes tightening the face and neck, which helps to improve skin laxity as well as lines and wrinkles.

How do I get rid of my double chins?

There are many options for the patient seeking cosmetic improvement of their double chin. These include injections such as Kybella, non-invasive devices using lasers, radiofrequency or freezing, minimally invasive devices using radiofrequency or laser, and finally surgical procedures. In our experience, the fastest, most reliable and usually most cost-effective way for the patient is a simple local liposuction or laser lipolysis procedure.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

To prepare for a facelift, you'll want to stop smoking, plan for help after the procedure, get any lab testing and medical evaluation your doctor requires, avoid blood-thinning medications, and keep your skin moisturized. Our team will provide you with all the pre-surgical instructions prior to your scheduled surgery.

How do I tighten my jawline?

There are depending on the findings on physical examination several procedures that may be used to enhance and tighten a patient’s jawline. These range from the non-invasive, to minimally invasive to surgical. An example of a non-invasive procedure would be a device that uses radiofrequency or ultrasound energy. Minimally invasive procedures include RF microneedling, PDO threads and laser lipolysis. A surgical procedure that would tighten the jawline can range from a simple procedure under the chin, a neck lift alone or a full face lift.

How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?

In our experience, the key to reducing swelling is sleep with your head elevated, try not to bend over, avoid straining and do not do any vigorous exercise for the first 1-2 weeks.

How do you take care of your face after a facelift?

At Rothaus Plastic Surgery, we do not use any drains after our facelift surgery. The care is, therefore, greatly simplified for the patient. You will go home in a gentle compression dressing which you can remove the next day. The patients are instructed to sleep with their head elevated and to apply ice compresses as need for the first evening. We ask the patients to wash their hair with a gentle shampoo each morning (but avoid using a hair dryer) and apply a thin layer of bacitracin or neosporin ointment to the suture lines 3 times a day.

How long after a facelift can I exercise?

Typically, it takes 4-6 weeks after a facelift before you can return to your normal exercise routine, including vigorous activity and weightlifting. However, patients can go on light walks as early as the day after surgery as long as they are feeling well enough.

How long does facelift last?

A facelift usually lasts around ten years. This does depend on skin quality, sun exposure and other factors that contribute to the aging process.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

It takes about one to three months to fully recover from a facelift. Everyone's recovery timeline will be different, so it's best to discuss your recovery with your surgeon. The non-absorbable stitches are removed 4 days after surgery, which is around the time when patients start to feel much better. Any swelling and bruising continues to go down during the first 2 weeks, and the final result is often seen a few months after surgery as everything settles down.

How painful is a facelift?

Since sedation anesthesia is used, you will not feel any pain during the facelift surgery. You are comfortable and asleep throughout the procedure. Afterward, you may feel some discomfort, but you will be given prescription medication to help alleviate any pain you're experiencing. The pain typically goes away during the first 48-72 hours after surgery. Some patients don't experience any pain at all, it really depends on the individual.

Is a facelift permanent?

Unfortunately, a facelift does not stop the aging process. As that old proverb says, “Time marches on”. What a facelift can do for you is reset the clock and restore your appearance to how you looked when somewhat younger.

What can I expect from a facelift?

A proper facelift will correct/improve those aspects of your appearance that you feel are making you look older or tired. The most common concerns are prominent jowls, deep folds adjacent to the nose and mouth, neck bands and skin laxity and loss of definition along the mandible. Procedures to correct the upper and lower eyelids and the brow are often done at the same time as a facelift, but can also be done as separate procedures.

What is best age for facelift?

There is no right age for a facelift, but most people tend to have them in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and older. We recommend having your first facelift done at a younger age such as the late 40s and early 50s, because skin quality is typically better during this time which leads to a better, longer-lasting result. If you're struggling with visible signs of aging and sagging facial skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rothaus today.

About Dr. Rothaus

Kenneth O. Rothaus, MD is a board-certified Manhattan and Westchester plastic surgeon offering cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the face, breast, body, and skin. Educated at Yale College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rothaus’ general and plastic surgery training was at the Columbia and Cornell campuses of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Rothaus values the wants and needs of his patients and strives to give them the best experience possible.

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