Rhytidectomy (Facelift) on the Upper East Side

Sagging of the skin under the neck is usually the first sign of aging (occurring typically in your 40s), followed by the appearance of jowls (deep cheek folds). A facelift addresses these concerns by removing excess skin and wrinkles from the cheeks, jowls, and lower neck. It’s a highly popular surgery that is met with a high degree of patient satisfaction, and can offer long-lasting results. 

How Does a Facelift Rejuvenate the Face?

  • Reduces sagging skin
  • Tightens the facial muscles
  • Improves creases in the eye area
  • Tightens and tones lax skin around the jawline
  • Delivers an overall more toned and youthful look

How the Face Ages

When we’re young, we have plenty of collagen and elastin in the skin. This is why the skin is so taut, smooth, and resilient during youth.

However, as the years go by, our body’s collagen production slows down. This results in the skin gradually becoming looser, with skin that appears wrinkled and more saggy. Assisting in the skin’s aged appearance are sun exposure, environmental factors, and smoking.

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Facelift Surgical Details

A facelift is typically performed under general anesthesia, but some cases are done under local anesthesia with sedation. Using incisions that are placed in natural shadows and contours in front of and behind the ear, Dr. Reitzen will tighten the facial and neck musculature and remove excess sagging skin. Newer procedures are designed to tighten the muscles separately from the skin in order to prevent the appearance of an overdone or “wind tunnel” look. Fat injections may additionally be added to increase the volume of the cheeks and help smooth out contour irregularities.

Ideal Candidates for a Facelift

If you’re around the Upper East Side area and you’re considering a facelift, you may be an excellent candidate. Individuals who are ideal patients for this procedure are men and women who:

  • Are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s 
  • Are just beginning to see sagging skin of the face and neck
  • Are non-smokers in general good health 
  • Have healthy, realistic expectations for what a facelift can accomplish
  • Fully understand the surgery, risks, recovery, and what to expect
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Recovery and Results

Everyone will heal from a facelift differently based on how aggressive your surgery was; what technique was used; your age and health, and how closely you follow the home instructions that Dr. Reitzen provides you with. For two weeks, you should sleep on your back to prevent your stitches from being “torn down”. A reclining chair may be helpful during this time. 

In addition, any kind of strenuous activity will need to be avoided for one month.

As with any surgery, bruising and swelling are to be expected during recovery. Some patients also experience a “tight” sensation or tingling. All of this is temporary. Be sure to not apply any kind of heat to your face, but cold compresses are fine. 

After one week, most patients feel much better and are able to perform very light activity such as walking. At two weeks, you’ll be past the hardest part of recovery and most patients return to work at this point. After one month, you should be able to resume exercise. Results are visible around the three-month mark, and these results can last up to ten years. 

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Facelift Surgery with Dr. Reitzen

Performing both cosmetic and functional surgery, Shari Reitzen, MD is a female plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She also has an extensive background as an ENT specialist. Dr. Reitzen puts her patients first and closely listens to achieve their desired results. Her goal is to safely deliver a natural look that doesn’t appear overdone. Her patients love her down-to-earth warmth, her straightforward approach, and her personalized approach to procedures. If you’re in the Tribeca and Upper East Side area and you’re interested in a facelift with Dr. Reitzen, we invite you to contact us today to set up your consultation. 

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