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What is a facelift?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical solution for the signs of aging, including a loss of definition in the jawline, midface sagging in the cheeks, jowling, and an accumulation of fat beneath the chin. When performed by an experienced, skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Doshi in Long Island, facelift results can appear elegant, nuanced, and natural (to find out more about the importance of a board-certified plastic surgeon, click here). During the procedure, excess skin and fat are removed while the underlying facial muscles are tightened to secure a more robust scaffolding for the facial contours.

A facelift can take as much as 15 years off of your perceived age and is known for restoring self-confidence. Facelift results on their own can revitalize your appearance, but the surgery can also be well combined with a neck lift, blepharoplasty, or a brow lift to comprehensively combat aging in both the upper and lower facial regions.

Facelift Before & After Photos

Lower Face & Neck Lift Before and After

Facelift Results You WON'T Believe! Lower Face & Neck Lift Before and After

Am I a candidate for a facelift?

You’re a great candidate for a facelift in Long Island with Dr. Doshi if you are in good health, have proper skin laxity, and have found yourself dealing with issues like:

  • Lines and wrinkles in the forehead
  • So-called “frown” or “smile lines” around the mouth
  • Nasolabial folds (aka “laugh lines”)
  • Crows feet under the eyes
  • “Marionette lines” around the corners of the mouth
  • Sunken, hollow skin under the eyes
  • Eyebrows that droop listlessly

Keep in mind, patients should have proper skin volume and laxity, be in good health (without smoking), and generally be in their 30s and 40s (though Dr. Doshi has performed facelifts on older patients as well). Feel free to reach out and schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Doshi at his Long Island practice. He sits down with every patient to hear their goals and expectations, guiding them through the process and developing a customized treatment plan according to the specifics of your desires and your unique anatomy, ensuring the best facelift possible. You’ll know exactly what to expect on the other side of your procedure, so you can enjoy comfort and safety throughout the whole process.

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How is the procedure performed? 

A facelift is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation on an outpatient basis. During the surgery performed at Dr. Doshi's Long Island office, incisions are created behind the ears extending into the hairline, where they are hardly noticed. An additional incision may be created beneath the chin. Once the skin is pulled upwards, the surgeon has access to the underlying facial SMAS muscles, which are pulled taut. The excess skin and fat are then trimmed, and the top facial layer is redraped in a more youthful manner. If the client is only just beginning to see the signs of aging in the bottom third of the face, a mini facelift may be preferable to the full version.

What can a facelift NOT do? 

If the patient is struggling with superficial lines, wrinkles, and creases, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, or the effects of sun damage, a facelift will not be able to address these imperfections. Here, a non-surgical procedure such as laser resurfacing, a chemical peel, wrinkle relaxers or microneedling might be more appropriate.

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Types of Facelifts

The Deep Plane Lift

This facelift procedure is designed to address more severe signs of aging, specifically in the necks and the cheek, by adjusting the muscle tissue for a more fresh-faced and youthful appearance in the face. This procedure is ideal for problems that can present themselves in the middle of the face, especially those that might not respond to the traditional facelift procedure.

The Mid-Face Lift

As its name suggests, this facelift variant is designed specifically to address lines, wrinkles, and other problems in the middle of the face. Deep wrinkles, irritating creases, lost contours in the cheeks, and frustrating laugh lines can all be smoothed over with a mid-face lift.

The Mini Face Lift

In instances where the effects of aging or weather damage have only just begun to present themselves, the mini lift can be a great alternative. Best for mild to moderately sagging skin on the face or neck, the mini-lift is perfect for those who can’t afford to be sidelined by an extensive recovery period.

The Short Scar (S-Lift)

Named for the much smaller scar left behind by the procedure, the “short scar” facelift is similarly best for mild to moderate issues with sagging skin in the face or neck, and involves Dr. Doshi repositioning facial tissues while removing excess skin and unnecessary fat to create a more shapely and contoured appearance. This procedure also has a much shorter recovery process.

Deep Plane Facelift Before & After in Long Island

She Looks 20 Years Younger?! Deep Plane Facelift Before & After

Why Choose Dr. Doshi for a Facelift in Long Island?

Dr. Doshi is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in Long Island, NY. He has performed over 4,000 surgeries and undergone years of intensive surgical training with some of the leading authorities in his field. Not only does Dr. Doshi come with an impressive background, but he takes care to work closely with every one of his patients. He’ll sit with you and talk you through every aspect of your procedure, ensuring that you feel safe and comfortable through every step of your journey to the best version of yourself.

Facelift FAQ

Do I need to undergo a neck lift at the same time as my facelift?

While a neck lift can be performed independently from a facelift, the two procedures done in tandem guarantee a rejuvenated appearance that is seamless and natural. Undergoing both procedures simultaneously may also have benefits in terms of reducing scarring and minimizing recovery time. It may be more cost effective to undergo a facelift and neck lift at the same time as well. Dr. Doshi will use the best approach for your specific needs, and will never perform operations he does not wholeheartedly believe to be in your best interest.

Is scarring a major issue with facelift surgery?

Scarring will depend naturally on the placement of your incisions. Dr. Doshi has an artistic eye for beauty and will do everything possible to place the incisions in areas where they are the most inconspicuous, such as within the creases of the ears. Additionally, Dr. Doshi’s surgical techniques are state of the art. He uses special instruments to ensure scars are virtually unnoticeable after surgery.

Is age a consideration when undergoing a facelift?

Aging is different for each person, and each facelift is customized, so your candidacy for the procedure must be assessed on an individual basis by Dr. Doshi. Age is only a factor in that you must be physically healthy enough to undergo a major surgical operation. Dr. Doshi will perform the surgery on anyone who he really feels can benefit.

How can I best prepare for my facelift?

Since you will be under general anesthesia during your facelift in Long Island, it’s important that you have someone available to drive you home. You should also enlist someone to assist you in the first week of recovery with household chores and childcare as well as other tasks, as you should focus on resting and recuperating. At least 2 weeks before your facelift, you will need to quit smoking and drinking, as well as certain medications outlined by the doctor.

Why do some facelift patients appear like a “deer in the headlights”?

A facelift is an intricate and complex procedure that should only be attempted by an experienced surgeon who understands the technical steps involved with creating natural-looking results. If a surgeon only tightens the top layer of skin, for instance, without addressing the underlying muscle groups and fat volume, the result may appear forced and “pulled”. Dr. Doshi goes to great lengths to achieve organic-looking outcomes that are undetectable, but that enhance your beauty and youthful appearance.

Are facelift results permanent?

Facelift results are nearly permanent. The aging process continues, and patients will continue to age, although they will generally still look younger than they would have without the procedure.

What are the potential risks and complications associated with facelift surgery?

Risks include infection, scarring, bruising, swelling, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Less common complications may involve nerve damage, uneven results, or prolonged healing.

How much does a facelift cost?

The cost of a facelift can vary significantly based on factors like the surgeon's experience, geographic location, the type of facelift, and facility fees. It can range from a few thousand to several thousand dollars on average.

Can non-surgical treatments replace the need for a facelift?

Non-surgical treatments like BOTOX, dermal fillers, and laser skin resurfacing can temporarily improve facial appearance but may not offer the same level of transformation as a facelift. The choice between surgical and non-surgical options depends on your goals and the extent of aging you want to address.

Can a facelift be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, facelifts are often combined with other procedures like eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, or dermal fillers to achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the face.

What’s the Recovery Process Like?

Recovery from a facelift procedure in Dr. Doshi’s Long Island office usually takes about a week or two for most patients. You’ll be able to return home right after your procedure, where you’ll need to keep your face bandaged for the first few days, as the swelling and bruising subside. You’ll be provided with medication for any major pain issues, and will want to avoid any major activity and sun exposure while also keeping your head elevated as you sleep at night. You should be able to return to work within a week or two!

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If you’ve been frustrated by the tell-tale signs of aging, reach out to Dr. Doshi today, and learn about how his facelift in Long Island can help you enjoy a more refreshed and youthful look. We’re here to help you look the way you’ve always wanted.

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