Facelift in New York City

At our practice in New York City, Facelift is one of the most popular procedures we perform. A facelift / “mini” facelift / short-scar facelift is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess skin from the neck, lower jawline, and jowl to give the lower two-thirds of the face a more youthful and rested appearance.

A facelift treats loose and sagging skin. Facelift incisions are well hidden behind the ears, in the hairline, and sometimes under the chin depending on the extent of skin laxity and muscle banding in the neck. Dr. Shafer‘s expertise is what makes him one of the best to perform a facelift NYC residents can rely on. At Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue we can provide you with beautiful-looking results from your facelift.

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Facelift Before and After photos

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Facelifts are most commonly performed on people aged 40 to 80, but can be performed on younger or older patients depending on their needs and medical fitness. The results of a facelift can range from subtle to dramatic, depending upon aging changes that were present prior to surgery.

A person may be a candidate for a facelift if any of the following conditions are present:

  • Deep creases in their face with tissue atrophy and skin laxity.
  • An undefined jawline with excess skin or loose jowls.
  • Loose skin, excess fatty tissue and muscle banding in the neck.

A facelift can help you feel better about how you look. The longevity of the results a facelift provides is influenced by a variety of factors, such as exposure to sun, tobacco products, and your genetic makeup.

Key Facts

  • Anesthesia: Twilight anesthesia with IV intravenous sedation.
  • Length of facelift procedure: two to four hours.
  • Length of stay: Outpatient or one-night observation depending on patient.
  • Anticipate: Minimal swelling and possible minor bruising is possible.
  • Discomfort: Mild and controlled with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications
  • Duration of results: Typically 10 years with normal aging.
  • Recovery: Back to work in one to three weeks. Exercise in three to four weeks.

My daughter told me that I look just the way she remembers meeting me

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After my facelift, my daughter told me that I look just the way she remembers meeting me.


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A facelift is often combined with rejuvenation procedures of the eye (blepharoplasty or chemical peel) or forehead (brow lift) region and fat grafting.

A facelift will not remove fine wrinkles that are part of natural aging, such as those around the lips and eyes – that requires laser or chemical peel. These are best treated at the same time or another time with skin resurfacing procedures like a chemical peel or laser treatments such as fractionated laser with the CORE fusion CO2 laser.

What to Expect from Your Facelift

A facelift is usually done under twilight/IV anesthesia but can be done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. The surgery is performed through incisions made in existing skin creases and hair-bearing areas surrounding the ear. The goal is to hide incisions so they are not visible during healing. Minimal or no hair is trimmed from the scalp along the incisions.

The facelift surgeon may adjust underlying tissue to create a smoother and more defined contours around the neck and jawline. Excess skin is then removed. If necessary, the surgeon will trim or remove localized deposits of fat along the jawline or under the chin with liposuction to create a nice contour.

Sometimes an incision under the chin is necessary to enhance contours and to remove neck bands. This incision can also be used to place a chin implant if more projection is desired. The surgeon tightens the tissue by moving the skin and often the deeper subcutaneous tissues and muscles to achieve the best possible symmetry. Excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures and sometimes staples.

Cost of a New York City Facelift

When you meet with Dr. Shafer in his Manhattan office to discuss your New York City Facelift, he will be able to provide his recommendations and pricing.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Shafer specializes in facial plastic surgery in Manhattan. Contact Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue today to schedule a consultation for your facelift. Our team is dedicated to providing you with results that fully satisfy your needs.

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