Facelift in Staten Island, NY

Dr. Decorato offers facelifts (rhytidectomy) to patients throughout New York and New Jersey, including Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy.

Facelift surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure performed to enhance the appearance of the face through lifting the skin and other tissues in the face and neck, restoring them to a more youthful appearance. As we age, the skin naturally sags and wrinkles. The goal of a facelift is to help the facial appearance become younger and more relaxed-looking by reversing some of these visible signs of aging. 

Is a Facelift Right for Me?

Most facelift candidates are between the ages of 35 and 65 and are starting to see signs of aging, particularly wrinkles and folds, in their face. Facelifts are also popular for both younger and older patients, although it is best to undergo this procedure when some elasticity still remains in the facial skin. Most facelifts focus on the jowls, cheeks, and other areas of the lower face, although the appearance of the forehead and the middle of the face may also be improved with rhytidectomy.

Among the many reasons to undergo a facelift include the following: 

  • Smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Possibility of a younger, well-rested appearance
  • Reduction of sagging facial skin
  • Improvement of deep facial folds, such as forehead lines and laugh lines

Ideal candidates have realistic expectations about this procedure. A facelift cannot make you look like someone else, though it can take years off your appearance. 

Procedure Details

There are several options for facelift incision patterns and surgical methods. Your choice should be based on your individual goals and desires and should be made in consultation with the surgeon. Facelifts can range from minor procedures to major surgery. Minor facelifts are associated with a shorter recovery period but may not be able to create the dramatic results seen with more invasive facelift procedures. You may find it helpful to view facelift before and after photos when discussing the potential results of the procedure. The facelift can be combined with a wide range of other cosmetic treatments for a complete skin rejuvenation procedure. 

Facelifts require general anesthesia and take two to six hours, depending on the complexity of the surgery. First, an incision, often but not always located in front of the ear, allows the surgeon to access underlying tissues. Once the incisions have been created, your surgeon will remove excess skin and/or fat while recontouring and lifting the remaining facial tissue to counteract the natural aging process. 

Recovery After Facelifts

After rhytidectomy, patients typically take a week or two away from work. At the beginning, the face will be bandaged, and patients can expect swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Facelift patients are advised to wear shirts that button down to avoid damaging the fragile tissues as they heal. Other potential side effects include temporary numbness or tightness as the affected tissues heal in their new position. Some residual swelling can last up to three months. Facelift patients report that the results of their procedure remain visible for five to ten years.

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Dr. John W. Decorato offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across New York & New Jersey including: Staten Island & Brooklyn New York. Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, Perth Amboy New Jersey. Contact Dr. John W. Decorato’s office today to schedule your Face Lift Consultation!


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Meet Dr. Decorato

One of Staten Island’s top cosmetic surgeons, John W. Decorato, M.D., believes that your choice of plastic surgeon is essential to the success of any procedure. Before selecting either a procedure or a surgeon, learn everything you can about the procedures available and about the doctor. Well-informed patients are able to forge a comfortable professional relationship with their surgeon and actively participate in discussions about the desired procedure.

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