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Facelift

Considered one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, a facelift in NYC from Dr. Westreich is designed to freshen up your look, taking years off your face using a surgical technique that supports long-term results. In one procedure you will reposition facial muscles that sagged, remove wrinkles, tighten loose skin and reverse signs of age. As a “Top New York Plastic Surgeon” (voted by NY Magazine) who specializes only in facial procedures, Dr. Westreich is experienced with subtle and partial face-lifting techniques that he will customize to match your facial features and to specifically target areas of concern. He is considered among the best facelift surgeons in NYC.

What is a Facelift?

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A facelift is a customized surgical procedure that lifts the underlying facial muscles and tissues and removes sagging skin to create a more youthful facial look. The beauty and natural look of a facelift is a direct result of the surgical techniques and artistry of your facial plastic surgeon – you need to ensure you are under the care of a respected facial plastic surgeon if you are planning to undergo a facelift.

What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

A facelift has many benefits, including:

  • Reduces wrinkles, lines, and folds to create a smoother, younger look at nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Tightens loose, saggy skin and smooths away jowls
  • Restores youthful definition at the jawline
  • A Long-lasting facial rejuvenation
  • Takes a decade or more off your appearance

Dr. Westreich employs several advanced facelift techniques to achieve a very natural, refreshed look. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Westreich is the beginning of your journey to a happier, more confident life – knowing you look as young as you feel.

Facelift Patient Reviews

Dr. Westreich is a great Physician, skilled surgeon, with excellent bedside manner and over all service. All of His staff reflects his high standards of customer service. I’m extremely happy with my experience and outcome!!
- K.R.

Dr Westreich has a wonderful eye for detail. You are in excellent caring hands with him and his wonderful staff. Highly recommend for an elegant and subtle result. He’s an artist and a top NYC plastic surgeon.
- L.W.

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The Average Cost of Facelift

A facelift includes the cost of tests, anesthesia fees, surgeon fees, and the cost of prescription medication. The average cost for a facelift ranges from $10,000 to $20,000, based on the extent of the corrections needed.

You may choose to undergo an added procedure (such as eyelid lift or brow lift) in the same surgery, adding to the cost. A facelift addresses the cheeks and the upper neck area, not the brow or eyelids.

A Variety of Treatments

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Traditional face lift surgery is excellent for lifting the tissues of the cheek, jowls and neck back to their natural position. The forehead is often lifted at the same time if needed. Dr. Westreich performs many techniques for facial rejuvenation surgery based on your individual needs and preferences. In most cases, Dr. Westreich will elevate the SMAS and deeper tissues in a more vertical dimension, and gently redrape the skin laterally to achieve an improvement that enhances your natural appearance. In some cases, only the cheeks and jowls need to be elevated. If sagging jowls and a loose neck are your chief concerns, Dr. Westreich may be able to perform a neck lift alone.

Facelifting is done in order to remove excess skin while tightening the underlying supporting structures (muscles and connective tissue). A skin incision is required in order to produce these results. The length of the incision depends upon the specific problems that require correction. Dr. Westreich utilizes current facial rejuvenation techniques, including endoscopic face lifts, S-lifts, SMAS lifts, extended SMAS lifts, and Deep Plane Face lifts. Dr. Westreich will explain the different techniques as well as their potential benefits and pitfalls in detail during your consultation. Dr. Westreich strives to make his New York patients look as natural as possible. In many cases, combining procedures such as an endoscopic midface lift or brow lift will help to achieve a more balanced and natural result then with a facelift alone.

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Neck Lift

The region below the jawline and under the chin tends to show signs of aging as a loosening of the neck muscles (platysma) may produce the appearance of hanging cords. While BOTOX can be helpful with early banding, more extensive laxity requires surgical correction. In some cases, Dr. Westreich may perform an isolated neck lift to address the muscle layer, fat and skin. Lifting just the skin will often result in a tight look, and does not last well. Incisions may be placed behind the ear and/or under the chin in the natural crease to accomplish a neck lift procedure. If you have fatty deposits under the chin, Dr. Westreich may remove the fat with liposuction at the same time to improve the contour of the neck and jawline. A neck lift may also be combined with the placement of a chin implant if you have a bone deficiency for additional aesthetic improvement and longevity.

Lower Facelift

A lower facelift refers to procedures that rejuvenate the lower third of the face – from under the ears to below the chin. Dr. Westreich performs a lower facelift for patients whose main concern is laxity of the jowls, slackened skin along the jawline and deepening nasolabial folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Incisions may be placed half way around the ears starting at or below the tragus (the flap of skin and cartilage at the entrance to the ear) and extending around the earlobe behind the ear. In some cases, an incision may also be necessary under the chin. A lower facelift may also be combined with eyelid and browlift surgery.

Mid Facelift

Aging of the midface is a newer concept in which the effect of descent of the cheek fat is seen. Typical changes seen include an oval rather than almond shape to the face, hollowing underneath the eyelids, deepening of nasolabial folds, and increased jowling. Essentially, the apple cheeks of youth are lost. Mid-face lifting is a technique for rejuvenating the lower eyelids and the cheek area. It can also reduce deepened nasolabial folds, although it will not completely remove them. A mid-facelift can achieve a more youthful, fuller appearance to the cheek and lower eyelid area. In endoscopic midface lifting, Dr. Westreich will place small incisions in the temporal hairline through which the midfacial tissues are freed up and lifted. An Endotine® absorbable implant is used to hold the midface in the new position until the structures are firmly reattached. Dramatic but natural changes to the lower eyelid region and midface complex can be achieved. The midface lift can also be performed at the time of an endoscopic brow lift or neck liposuction.

Best Candidates for a Facelift in New York

Good candidates, both men and women, come to Dr. Westreich asking to eliminate excess skin and restore skin elasticity if possible. Facelifts can have a great impact on the visibility of wrinkles, hanging skin, hollowed cheeks (can be augmented as part of the procedure) and other signs of aging. As with many surgeries, it is important that you are in good physical health before going forward with any type of facelift in New York. Patients that are current heavy smokers are not typically good candidates for facelifts but may be candidates for midface, lower face, and neck lifts.

What is the Recovery Like After A Facelift?

Recovery from a facelift at New Face NY will involve some swelling and bruising, which typically peaks at about the three-day mark, after which begins to fade away, day by day. You will need to sleep with your head elevated while healing. You will be prescribed pain medication for the first few days, but you should be comfortable by the third day after surgery.

You can expect to be back to your usual routine within two weeks. The final results of the surgery will be seen over the next several months as you fully heal, and your restored facial contours settle.

Complementary Procedures

Below are a few typical techniques that are often performed by Dr. Westreich during a facelift or are added to the original procedure to enhance results:

  • Facial implants – With your prior approval, Dr. Westreich may use facial implants and/or fillers during surgery to restructure your face and create a more defined look. The implants can be inserted into the cheek, jaw, or chin to augment your appearance.
  • Facial fat transfers – very effective in filling in dark areas and hollows under the eyes that may not be corrected by a traditional facelift.
  • Skin rejuvenation strategies – This can include chemical peels, laser resurfacing, non-ablative skin tightening, and daily strategies to improve skin health.
  • Eyelid surgery – can be performed as part of your facelift and can really enhance your face by making you look more awake and energized. It will smoothen bags concentrated under the eyes and wrinkling around the area.
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Facelift Consultation with Dr. Westreich

Your consultation will be held in our comfortable, upscale Manhattan office. This is a one-on-one private meeting in which you can ask Dr. Westreich any questions you may have regarding your desire to get a facelift and can address any concerns about the procedure with the full knowledge that he is on your side and will not recommend anything that exposes you to unnecessary risk or will not allow you to achieve your intended results.

It is essential that you feel fully comfortable with the surgeon you choose, to ensure that you have the best overall experience. Dr. Westreich takes pride in listening carefully to each of his patients and developing a close relationship that extends from your consultation appointment through to your follow-up visits. Past patients can attest to the fact that Dr. Westreich provides an honest opinion about whether or not a facelift is the right option for you.

Facelift FAQs

I’m thinking of getting a facelift but also consider using lasers, Botox and fillers to look better without surgery. When is the right time for a facelift?

If you are searching for a permanent solution that will restore youthful structure and can be maintained for many years, a surgical facelift is often recommended. When you meet with Dr. Westreich he will examine your face and its internal structures. He will recommend the best solution for you such as restoring volume with fillers, hiding wrinkles with Botox, and improving skin texture with lasers and peels. For patients seeking non-invasive facial rejuvenation, a F.I.T. Lift can often be the perfect solution. Combining Kybella, Fillers, Botox, and Radiofrequency skin tightening into a total treatment package can yield wonderful results without anesthesia or a surgical incision.


Are there any risks or side effects?

As with any surgery, a facelift has risks. Complications could arise from the administration of anesthesia, excessive bleeding, scarring, or unsatisfactory outcomes. These risks are possible, but if you are under the care of Dr. Westreich, your surgery will be performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is also a faculty member and educator in facial plastic surgery at Mount Sinai.

The most stringent health and safety standards are in place at his private, luxury Manhattan clinic. You can expect beautiful results that enhance your quality of life for years into the future.


Will a facelift make me look unnatural and pulled?

Dr. Westreich does his best to make sure that his patients leave his New York office with no visible signs of surgery. The incision for a facelift is typically made at the hairline and is hidden by overlaying hair. His conservative approach and attention to detail can be observed when you look at before and after photos of actual NYC patients.


On average, how many years younger can a facelift make me look?

The answer to this question varies from person to person. However, general conclusions regarding the effectiveness of Dr. Westreich's NYC facelift can be drawn. Wrinkles can make a person look much older than they are, and smoothening such wrinkling can erase up to 10-15 years off a person’s face. Basically, a facelift is likely to make you look significantly younger, but there is no specific number of years that a facelift is guaranteed to take off.


Will the scars be visible?

Though a facelift is considered a surgery, the recovery process and scarring are relatively limited. And, because the main focus of a facelift is to make a patient look and feel more beautiful, keeping scars to a minimum is a major factor when Dr. Westreich designs and performs your surgery. He works hard to make sure that scarring is so minimal that most people will not notice them.


Will I need another facelift down the road?

The results of a facelift have the potential to be maintained up to ten years – depending primarily on the individual patient’s skin, lifestyle, and genes. It is fairly common for patients to seek a second facelift procedure, and many of Dr. Westreich’s patients return to him many years later to repeat the results of their original procedure because he delivers arguably the best facelift NYC has to offer. A facelift is expected to last 10 years.


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PRACTICE POLICY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated April 23, 2020

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have been closed since March 19th and will continue to close the practice until June 1st.

Your health and well-being is our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until May 15th.
  • Key staff members are working remotely to provide clinical patient support and re-scheduling options
  • Only urgent post-surgical follow-ups will be seen by Dr. Westreich and full PPE will be worn. These will be decided on a case by case basis and limited to 1 patient at a time.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • All elective surgeries are rescheduled until after May 15th
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. When we reopen to patients, we will continue to follow these practices. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • We are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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