Facelift / Neck Lift in New York City with
Dr. Shridharani

What is a Facelift?

A facelift, or a rhytidectomy, is a surgery performed for facial rejuvenation. It entails making an incision in strategic locations so the scars are well hidden or inconspicuous. The surgery is performed to treat sagging skin in the face and neck and also improve the appearance of lost volume in the cheekbone region.

A facelift with Dr. Shridharani in New York City will improve signs of aging in the face and neck such as sagging in the middle of your face, deep creases below the eyes, deep creases along the nose extending to the corner or the mouth, fat that has fallen or disappeared, loss of skin tone in the lower face that has fallen and created jowls, and loose skin and fat around the chin.

What is a Neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure performed that helps address the lower third of the face. A neck lift raises the sagging muscles of the neck and jowls, eliminating them and creating youthful and natural definition, without a tight or “pulled” look.

What factors contribute to needing a Facelift?

The loss of a youthful face can be due to a variety of factors including: heredity/genetics, gravity, environmental conditions (smoking, sunlight over exposure), weight-loss, and stress. Additionally, accumulation of fat under the chin may produce a fuller neck. Loosening of the neck muscles (platysma) may produce appearance of hanging cords. It is important to note that any facelift or neck lift or both must address the muscle layer, fat and skin in order to achieve long lasting natural results. Dr. Shridharani will discuss all of these concerns with you during your facelift consultation.

Combining a Facelift and Neck lift at the same time

A facelift and neck lift can absolutely be performed at the same time! More than one procedure is often performed in conjunction with a facelift in order to create a more harmonious facial rejuvenated appearance. On the other hand, the procedures can be performed separately depending on the patient’s wishes and needs.

The full facelift addresses the mid-face as well as lower face, jowls, and neck. The brow is not part of a facelift but can be addressed separately with a browlift.

What other procedures can be combined with a Facelift?

Other common procedures often combined with a facelift include neck liposuction, chin implants, blepharoplasty (excess eye skin and fat removal), and skin laser resurfacing. Dr. Shridharani customizes a plan for each patient to achieve a natural, long lasting result with the most rapid recovery. During your facelift consultation, Dr. Shridharani review your expectations and what are the best options to achieve your desired results.

Facelift surgery recovery

Many patients find a facelift to be a much quicker recovery than they expected. After surgery, patients are socially presentable in about 7 days. There is minimal swelling and bruising at this point. By employing careful surgical technique and handling the tissues gently, Dr. Shridharani is able to minimize the trauma to the skin. Most patients can wear their hair up with minimal scar appearance at 2 weeks. Every patient heals at his/her own rate and the final healing and appearance occurs in a gradual manner.

Ready to get started?

Ready to learn more about facelift and neck lift surgery? Find out if you are a good candidate and call (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation with NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shridharani.

Facelift/Neck lift FAQ’s

Q: What is the SMAS?

The SMAS is an acronym for superficial musculo-aponeurotic system. It represents the layer of tissue just deep to the skin of the face. Appropriate manipulation of this naturally occurring tissue plane helps restore/improve contour and volume in the cheekbone region and provide nicer contour for the neck. Lifting the SMAS during a facelift is key for achieving long lasting natural results. Lifting skin alone will result in an unnatural tight look, will loosen quickly and will result in a stretched scar.

Q: Where are the scars for a facelift located?

A neck lift scar alone is behind the ear and under the chin. A facelift scar is tucked away inside the ear and hairline, which allows hair to be placed up without scar visibility. Both men and women will find their scars to be well hidden.

Q: At the time of my facelift can something be done about the extra fat and fullness in my neck?

Definitely! It is safe to have liposuction and direct fat removal from a full or “heavy” appearing neck. Safely performing these procedures will lead better contouring of the neck and a more aesthetically pleasing profile. One of the very new and exciting procedures Dr. Shridharani is preforming is injecting Kybella before a facelift. Kybella will destroy that unwanted fat and also improve the looseness of the skin in the neck. Patients that are not quite ready for a full facelift, due to the downtime or personal reasons, may benefit from Kybella injections. Please see our Kybella page for more information about Kybella injections.

Q: I’m thinking about getting a facelift or neck lift… am I too young or too old?

A person’s age does not necessarily warrant or preclude him/her from having a facelift/neck lift. Age plays a slight factor, but of paramount significance is the patient’s overall health and how he/she has aged. Many patients that have had significant weight loss are candidates for a face/neck lift at a much earlier age. Every patient is different and it is important to understand each individual’s anatomy and expectations. Typically, patients in their forties may be a candidate for a neck lift alone or a partial face lift and neck lift. Patients above age fifty usually require a full face lift/neck lift for the most optimal results. This varies on a patient by patient basis.