Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a transformative cosmetic procedure designed to address the visible manifestations of aging in the face and neck. This surgical technique involves repositioning and firming the skin and underlying muscles, leading to a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Dr. Basil Pakeman employs a client-centric approach to facelifts in NYC.

What Does Facelift Surgery Involve?

The facelift procedure begins with a comprehensive consultation with a qualified NYC facelift plastic surgeon. This discussion helps outline individual goals, assess candidacy, and understand the various options available. During the surgery, Dr. Basil Pakeman strategically places incisions, often discreetly hidden around the ears and along the hairline, allowing access to the underlying tissues.

Through these incisions, Dr. Pakeman carefully lifts and repositions the underlying muscles and tissues of the face and neck. Excess skin is afterward removed, and the remaining skin is delicately re-draped to create a smoother, more toned contour. Additionally, a neck lift might be incorporated to address concerns about sagging skin and muscle laxity in the neck area.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for a facelift are patients experiencing visible signs of facial aging, such as loose skin, deep folds, and loss of muscle tone in the face and neck. Good candidates are in good physical health, have realistic expectations, and are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery.

However, certain medical conditions or lifestyle factors may make individuals unsuitable candidates for surgery. Health conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or bleeding disorders might pose increased risks during surgery and the recovery process. 

The Benefits and Risks

Facelift surgery offers numerous benefits, including a significant reduction in visible signs of aging, enhanced self-esteem, and long-lasting results. However, it’s crucial to recognize the possible dangers that come with any surgical procedure. These risks associated with facelift surgery may include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and the possibility of scarring.

Facelift vs. Non-Surgical Alternatives

While a facelift provides enduring results, there are non-surgical alternatives like dermal fillers, Botox, and laser treatments. These options offer less invasive procedures with shorter recovery periods, though their results are typically temporary and require ongoing maintenance. One of the key advantages of a facelift is its longevity, with results lasting around 7 to 10 years before natural aging processes gradually resume.

Moreover, facelift surgery offers a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. Dr. Pakeman can tailor the procedure to each individual’s unique anatomy and cosmetic goals. 

Recovery Timeline After Facelift Surgery

Understanding the recovery timeline is essential for individuals considering a facelift. Post-surgery, patients can expect initial swelling and bruising, which gradually diminishes over the following weeks. They might initially experience some tightness or discomfort in the face and neck area. After surgery, patients can resume light activities within a week but should avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks to ensure proper healing.

When To Have A Facelift? 

There’s no definitive "best" age for a facelift. Candidates are generally those who experience visible signs of aging, such as sagging skin and wrinkles and are in good overall health. Deciding when to have a facelift is subjective and varies based on individual needs. Typically, individuals opt for a facelift or midface lift when they notice visible signs of aging, such as sagging skin or deep wrinkles, impacting their self-perception.

While there’s no specific age requirement, most people consider a facelift in their 40s to 60s. However, some choose preventive measures earlier. The decision often revolves around personal readiness and a desire to address visible signs of aging

Get In Touch

Don’t let aging concerns hold you back from feeling confident and refreshed. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Pakeman to gain personalized insights, discuss treatment options, and embark on a journey toward a more vibrant and youthful appearance.