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Facelift

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Lower Facelift

Whether you're in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or 70s, you might be interested in looking younger. You might still have good facial skin tone, but your skin is looser than it used to be. You might see creases, sagging, and wrinkles, too. A facelift in Albany, NY at The Plastic Surgery Group can take years off your appearance. Even if you're beyond your 70s, our experienced plastic surgeons can help you look more refreshed, less tired, and more attractive.

Cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident. Request a free cosmetic consultationRequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505. Women and men visit us for facelift surgery from Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Troy, Schenectady, and other cities throughout the Capital District.

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How do I know whether a facelift is right for me?

During your consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history, ask you about the improvements you want, and evaluate your facial aging. A facelift rejuvenates the lower 2/3 of the face by providing the following benefits:

  • Adding volume to flattened cheeks
  • Smoothing folds and wrinkles around the nose, outer corners of the mouth, and chin
  • Tightening loose skin on the cheeks and jawline
  • Reducing fat and sagging tissue that has formed jowls

What are the different types of facelifts?

Just as everyone's face is unique, so is each facelift procedure we perform. Your facelift at The Plastic Surgery Group will be carefully customized to best suit your unique facial dimensions, skin type, bone structure, and personal goals. Facelift techniques fall into the following general types:

  • A traditional facelift, also called a complete or full facelift, provides the most significant and longest lasting rejuvenation of the lower portion of the face. Sagging cheeks are lifted, and lax skin is tightened. Our surgeons use advanced surgical techniques to provide the most natural-looking results. The traditional facelift is usually combined with a neck lift to provide natural-looking rejuvenation that extends down to the collarbone.
  • A mini facelift, also called a limited-incision facelift, is appropriate for patients with mild to moderate sagging of the lower face. The advantages of this technique include reduced surgical time and less extensive recovery than with the traditional facelift.
  • A liquid facelift, also called a non-surgical facelift, reduces signs of aging with a personalized combination of BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal filler injections. In addition, your surgeon may recommend skin tightening with Ultherapy® and possibly a laser skin treatment such as ProFractional™ laser skin resurfacing or erbium laser resurfacing.

Your surgeon may also use fat transfer techniques to restore lost volume around your eyes and on your cheeks. This involves removing fat from an area of your body where it is unwanted, purifying it, and injecting it into areas of the face that need more volume.

How much does a facelift cost?

Prices for facelift surgery depend on many factors, including the specific technique you choose, the complexity of the procedure, and whether your facelift is combined with other procedures or non-surgical treatments. The typical range is $7,500 to $8,500 for a complete facelift without a neck lift. Most patients can qualify for financing through CareCredit®, if desired. For the best surgical outcome, we recommend considering your surgeon's credentials above cost. Visit Meet the Surgeons to learn more about important considerations.

Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?

Your surgeon can provide a more complete facial renewal by combining your facelift with other face procedures such as one or more of the following:

  • Neck lift to tighten sagging neck muscles and loose skin
  • Eyelid surgery to reduce loose eyelid skin and puffy under-eye bags
  • Brow lift to elevate a naturally heavy brow or one that has drooped over time

How is a facelift performed?

In most cases, our surgeons perform facelift surgery on an outpatient basis in a hospital or surgical center. Some plastic surgeons may decide to have a patient stay in the hospital overnight, depending on the type of anesthesia that is used for the surgery. Other medical conditions may necessitate an overnight hospital stay. Your plastic surgeon will discuss these options with you during your consultation.

Your surgeon places incisions close to the hairline and the front of the ears as well as behind the ears. In some cases, if the skin of the neck requires tightening, incisions will be made in the area below the chin. Next, your surgeon reduces excess fatty tissue, either surgically or through liposuction, that has accumulated on the neck and chin areas. Your surgeon then tightens the muscle and tissue under the loosened skin, repositions the skin, and removes some of the excess skin. The surgeon closes the incisions with stitches and uses special clips to secure the incisions around the scalp line.

Facelift Incisions

A facelift normally takes a few hours to complete and may take longer if you are having more than one procedure performed. When the surgery is complete, your plastic surgeon may place a temporary drainage tube behind your ear to assist with the elimination of any collected blood from the surgery.

What is recovery like after a facelift?

One of the most important ways to promote the healing process after facelift surgery is to rest and allow your body to focus on the healing process.

First Few Days

Most people have relatively little discomfort after facelift surgery, and any discomfort that may occur can be quite effectively managed through prescription medication. Your plastic surgeon may advise you to try to keep your head in an elevated position for a few days following your surgery to help minimize swelling.

7 Days

If you have bandages placed after your surgery, you can expect them to be removed within a week, and most stitches most likely come out within the same time period. The special sutures around your scalp might have to remain slightly longer than your stitches because that area may take a little longer to begin to heal.

2 to 3 Weeks

Most patients are ready to return to work within about 2 to 3 weeks. It is common to experience loss of sensitivity of some of the scalp and skin after the surgery; this normally disappears within a short period of time.

Things to Avoid During Recovery

After your facelift, expect to avoid the following activities until cleared by your surgeon:

  • All strenuous activity
  • Sexual activity
  • Heavy cleaning
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Taking hot, steamy baths
  • Exposing yourself to strong, direct sunlight for the first few months

Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic
surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group,
serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs,
Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

Learn More  Request Your Consultation 

Other Questions About Facelift Surgery

How soon can I go in public?

A facelift is a significant procedure, so it will take some time for your face to regain its normal appearance. In the first days and even weeks of your recovery process, you may have a feeling of disappointment and even feelings of sadness about the way you look when you see yourself in the mirror. Your face may feel numb in areas. It may look and feel stiff. Your facial movements may be awkward. You will have bruising for a couple of weeks.

Be reassured that all of these conditions will gradually fade, and your new, freshened appearance will begin to appear within about 3 weeks.

Will the scars be noticeable?

There is no way to avoid permanent scars with facelift surgery. The good news is that these scars are usually quite undetectable because they are hidden behind your hairline or in the natural folds of your face and around your ears.

How long will my facelift results last?

Although a facelift can make you look years younger, it can't stop the aging process. However, you will still look more refreshed and younger than if you hadn't had your surgery. Some people have more than one facelift over a period of years to maintain their freshened appearance.

For additional information, visit our Facelift FAQ page.

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