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Face it: The Right Time for a Facelift

Self-care at its finest with Dr. Renata Khelemsky in New York

As you approach the mirror in the morning, you may wonder how the stresses of your day, sleep habits, and your overall health affect your appearance. We may all have different habits and desires, but many patients agree: how you present yourself to the world is important. As our faces emerge from behind the constant use of masks, both men and women notice the signs of aging. The early development of jowls, sagging skin, deepening facial folds around the mouth, and perhaps a double chin may contribute to making you appear older than you wish.

At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery, patients receive exceptional customer service, a welcoming environment, scheduling flexibility, and personal attention to their needs and wishes. Double board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Renata Khelemsky specializes in aesthetic surgery for the face and neck. By creating a carefully tailored and customized treatment plan, Dr. Khelemsky achieves beautiful transformations by working with her patients’ natural features to accentuate their unique beauty.

What is a Facelift?

The loss of youthful contours can be due to a variety of factors.

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to dramatically improve the appearance of visible signs of aging in the face and neck. In addition to our genetic makeup and the biological process of senescence, several other factors contribute to the signs of aging, such as environmental exposure to harmful ultraviolet light, stress, nutrition, as well as alcohol and tobacco consumption. Together, these multifactorial stressors translate to the physical development of chronic facial aging such as evident jowls, an uneven jawline, sagging and loose skin of the neck, and heaviness along the lower face. At our practice located in Brooklyn, NY, facelift patients can effectively rejuvenate the shape and contour of the cheeks and face while dramatically tightening the skin of the neck, re-creating the well-defined and contoured jawline of youth and beauty.

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How do I know if it’s time for a Facelift?

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Overall, a facelift is the most effective way to address sagging jowls and cheeks, redundant skin, especially along the lower face, and vertical neck bands that correspond to excess skin and muscle. By definition, every facelift incorporates a neck lift. However, not all neck lifts address facial lifting and sculpting. A facelift offers results that last for up to ten years when performed using contemporary techniques. The ideal age for a facelift is a person in their late 40s to mid-60s with signs of facial aging and skin excess, but every individual’s case is unique and requires careful assessment of the perceived benefits. It is essential to be in good physical health with no significant and poorly controlled medical conditions.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2019, more than 120,000 people had facelifts in the United States, making it one of the most requested cosmetic surgical procedures. Ideal candidates for a facelift are men and women with moderate to severe signs of aging in the face, neck, and jawline and who are looking for dramatic and transformative results. New York facelift surgeon, Dr. Khelemsky, has extensive experience in cosmetic and revision facelift surgeries, and your specific needs will be met with the highest level of excellence, training, and personal care, from your consultation through your surgery and aftercare.

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“Dr. Khelemsky brings the “art” of medicine to a whole new level. She is a perfectionist that took her time with my procedure. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. My surgery was on a Friday morning, and Dr. Khelemsky came in on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that I was healing appropriately and my pain was being managed… I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results even now.”

—Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata Khelemsky did an amazing job with my rhinoplasty. In the consultation, she identified what changes would be made to best work for my face and listened to my concerns. I am so happy with the results and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in this procedure.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an amazing doctor and artist. She did my filler and I am so happy with it. I will recommend her to everyone I know. She explains everything so that you can understand.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an outstanding physician... She herself is very calming and makes you feel at ease and confident in the decision you are making. I am overjoyed with the results of my facelift, and would definitely do it again. If someone is thinking about a facelift or any procedure and is apprehensive... Dr. Khelemsky will give you great reassurance… When I look in the mirror, in Zoom, in selfies - I now love my jawline and my whole face in general.”

—Surgical Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Awesome! She was patient and very quick with no pain. She explained everything thoroughly with me and definitely knows her skill set! I trusted her expertise in natural-looking adjustments and it turned out fantastic!”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I love coming to see Dr. Kelemsky! She has the patient’s best interest in mind and I always feel Dr. Kelemsky addresses what look I am going for and is right on the money. I walk out of the office feeling much more confident than when I came in. I will always trust Dr. Kelemsky and she most definitely has a patient for life. She does both my Botox and lip fillers and both procedures have always been flawless.”

—Lip filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky did an outstanding job on my nose. She explained everything in detail from the very first consultation. She’s professional, caring and her attention to detail makes her the absolute best surgeon! I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend her to anyone.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was extremely professional, answered all my questions before my Botox and injectable treatment. There was very little discomfort and hardly any bruising at all. I am thrilled with the results and will use her again for future treatment. I would highly recommend her.”

—Botox patient | RealSelf

“My experience was great! Dr. K is very good at explaining her vision for results with injectable fillers. She is warm and friendly and a delight to chat with. It has been years since I have had a “real” Doctor sit and talk and do an almost painless procedure.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I recently had eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Khelemsky… From the moment I saw her in the surgery center I felt at ease and knew everything was going to be OK. The surgery went well… Referred by my eye doctor, my eyesight is better already. I look forward to recommending my family and friends to Dr. Khelemsky, she has the qualities that everyone seeks out in a true medical professional.”

—Blepharoplasty patient | RealSelf

Preparing for your Facelift

Be sure to prepare your home to ensure a comfortable recovery.

During your facelift consultation, New York Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Khelemsky, will evaluate whether you are an ideal candidate for a facelift. In addition to taking a complete medical history, other factors that may influence whether you are a candidate for surgery include:

Having a realistic outlook for your surgery

After a thorough consultation with Dr. Khelemsky, you will learn about the benefits and limitations of facelift surgery. A facelift will help you rejuvenate your face, neck, and jawline. However, it will not improve or affect the appearance of the eyes, nose, lips, or chin. Patients are encouraged and properly counseled to maintain realistic expectations with respect to surgery, as well as to expect an overall natural, refreshed, and rejuvenated appearance.

Underlying medical conditions

Dr. Khelemsky will evaluate any relevant medical condition(s) that may put you at an increased risk of health complications associated with surgery or anesthesia. Safety is a top priority, and working together with your primary medical provider and medical specialists is essential in preparation for elective surgery.

Drug, Tobacco & Alcohol Use

Dr. Khelemsky will inquire about any prescribed or over-the-counter medications you take. Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and various herbal supplements may promote bleeding and bruising. A comprehensive list of such medications will be provided to you to help you prepare. and consult with your medical provider. If you smoke, vape, or use nicotine-containing products, you are at an increased risk of surgical complications. The use of these products impedes blood flow and as a result greatly hinders the normal healing process. Alcohol consumption in the days leading up to and immediately after surgery must also be monitored to ensure safety. Patients are advised to consider cessation of all nicotine-containing products several weeks prior to and after surgery, and of alcohol two to three days before and after surgery. At times, prospective patients will benefit from the advice of their medical provider to help them achieve their lifestyle goals and safely prepare for surgery.

Facelift Procedure

At our New York practice, facelifts are commonly performed as an outpatient surgery. Before your surgery, a board-certified medical anesthesiologist will review your medical history and determine the best approach for general anesthesia. At the time of your consultation and throughout your surgery, Dr. Khelemsky will determine the best facelift technique for your specific anatomy and rejuvenation needs.

Short Scar “Mini” Lift:

The short scar “mini” Facelift is ideal for patients with mild degrees of facial aging and sagging tissues. As a result, a shorter length of incision may be used to access and tighten the deeper tissues of the face and neck. If you are a candidate for a “mini” facelift, you can expect a more youthful and well-defined neck and jawline with a shorter recovery period when compared to a traditional facelift.

SMAS Lift:

The Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) Lift refers to the fascial layer, or the firm connective tissues, covering the muscles of the face. With a SMAS Lift, an appropriate amount of skin is lifted in order to visualize and access this SMAS layer. In this approach, various incisions are used to release, lift, and reposition the underlying SMAS. After the SMAS has been lifted and repositioned using key sutures, the excess skin is carefully removed, creating a tighter and firmer appearance for the face and neck.

Deep Plane Lift:

This facelift method involves lifting both the skin and SMAS concurrently and then tightening and redressing this composite layer for natural and long-lasting results. The Deep Plane Lift extends to the deeper layers of the face and has shown to provide excellent long-lasting results in the midface region.

Facelift Recovery

Take the time to heal.

After a facelift, patients will be carefully monitored to ensure comfort and a smooth recovery, and a head dressing made of gauze will be in place. You will need a responsible caregiver to drive you home and provide immediate support during your recovery. It is recommended to have a caregiver available to you for at least one week after your surgery. You will receive specific post-operative instructions, such as keeping the head elevated, taking specific medications, refraining from turning your neck, and avoiding physical exertion for the first two weeks after surgery.

You will also have frequent follow-up visits with Dr. Khelemsky to ensure your safe and optimal recovery. As you heal, you may experience tightness in your face along with itching, swelling, and minor bruising. These symptoms are expected and will begin to subside after a couple of days. Patients can manage early discomfort with both prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Dr. Khelemsky and her team in New York will be there for you every step of the way in your facelift recovery, even if you travel to see us.

Facelift Results

Enjoy your new neck line and more youthful appearance.

Following a facelift, patients can remove their bandages approximately 24 to 48 hours after surgery, and immediately appreciate the results. However, swelling and bruising are to be expected and will gradually dissipate over the next several days to weeks. You can expect to be “coffee shop ready” in about three weeks but will have to hold off on highly strenuous exercise and major social events for approximate six weeks. Dr. Khelemsky can help you amplify your rejuvenated appearance with a customized and dedicated skincare regimen using tailored and effective ingredients for your skin’s health and radiance.

Why choose RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

We offer surgeon-based care focused on highlighting your unique beauty. Possessing a keen eye, gentle touch, and deft technical skill, Dr. Renata stays at the forefront of aesthetic medicine to bring you the highest level of care available, tailoring every service to your unique needs.

Our state-of-the-art facial aesthetic clinic is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in New York City. We cater to the local areas, including Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large. Patients can expect a premium experience in our luxury office setting, where attention to privacy and one-on-one care create a professionally tranquil and high-quality visit.

A double-board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky specializes in enhancing natural beauty. A Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, her personalized approach begins with a comprehensive analysis of your facial features, ensuring each transformation celebrates your unique individuality.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, and this is most commonly the case! As facial aging is a global phenomenon, patients will notice aging not only through the face and neck, but also the eyes, brows, lips, and chin. These areas are commonly rejuvenated at the same time as the face and neck in order to produce the most comprehensive result achieving harmony across multiple facial regions, while benefiting from one recovery period. Dr. Khelemsky will tailor a treatment plan that meets your individualized aesthetic needs.

Certain medical conditions may disqualify you from undergoing Facelift surgery. These include but are not limited to uncontrolled diabetes, severe heart disease, bleeding disorders, and autoimmune diseases. It’s crucial to discuss your full medical history with your surgeon during the consultation. Your surgeon will evaluate your overall health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Being honest about your health conditions and any medications you are taking will help ensure a safe and successful outcome.

There are various types of Facelift techniques, and the decision to choose one over another is influenced by factors such as the surgeon's training, their nuanced understanding of individual patient anatomies, and their personal preferences. The traditional SMAS Facelift targets the deeper Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) by isolating and lifting it, modernizing older skin-only Facelifts with a long track record of safety and efficacy. This technique includes multiple variations, such as the Extended-SMAS and High-SMAS lifts, which further enhance precision and outcomes.

The Deep Plane Facelift goes further by completely separating the SMAS from its attachments, enabling a more powerful and tension-free lift, particularly in the jawline and midface areas. While both SMAS lifts and Deep Plane Facelifts access the deep facial plane, a properly performed Deep Plane Facelift releases deeper layers from their tethered points, providing more substantial and long-lasting results.

Additionally, some surgeons perform a Mini Facelift, which typically lifts a limited portion of the SMAS without addressing the neck tissues. This technique is often tailored for younger individuals with minor aging and early jowling. Despite the various names and subtypes of facelifts, each procedure is designed to meet the specific needs and goals of the patient.

Facelift surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, hematoma, skin sensory changes, nerve injury leading to temporary or permanent facial weakness, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Proper preoperative assessment and choosing an experienced surgeon can significantly reduce these risks. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss these risks in detail and explain the measures taken to minimize them, ensuring you have a clear understanding before proceeding with the surgery.

Surgery is not strictly about age, but rather about addressing specific concerns. Patients who exhibit the classic signs of aging that Facelifts are designed to correct can be considered candidates for the procedure, regardless of their age. While most patients seeking Facelifts are in their 40s to 60s, some individuals in their late 30s or early 40s may choose to have a Facelift if they have significant skin laxity or signs of aging along the neck and jawline. Early intervention with Facelift surgery can often result in more natural-looking outcomes, especially when alternatives like dermal fillers are insufficient for addressing excess, sagging skin. It's essential to have a thorough consultation with your surgeon who can evaluate your unique situation and determine if a facelift is appropriate for you based on your specific findings and aesthetic goals.

Whether you will need more than one Facelift depends on several factors, including your age at the time of the initial procedure, your skin type, lifestyle, and how well you maintain your results. While a Facelift can provide long-lasting results, it does not stop the natural aging process. Most commonly, a “secondary” or "tuck" Facelift can be considered in 7-10 years, depending on the type of Facelift you had initially and your rate of aging. A weak or poorly performed initial Facelift may warrant a larger revision procedure, such as a Deep Plane Facelift. Patients who have an early intervention Facelift in their early 40s may go on to have three lifetime Facelifts, depending on their motivations and health. Regular maintenance through skincare, healthy lifestyle choices, and possibly non-surgical treatments can help prolong the results of your Facelift. It's best to discuss your long-term aesthetic goals with your surgeon to understand what to expect and how to plan for the future.

Factors influencing the price include the surgeon’s experience, the type of Facelift performed, and the geographical location, with New York City typically having higher prices. Additional costs such as anesthesia, operating room fees, and post-procedure care can also add to the total expense.

The average cost of a Facelift in New York State varies depending on the complexity of the procedure and the surgeon's expertise. Generally, the surgeon's fee for a Facelift in New York ranges from $15,000 to $30,000. This cost can increase significantly for more comprehensive procedures, such as Deep Plane Facelifts, which can increase to $40,000 or more, depending on the specifics of the surgery.

For a more personalized estimate, it's best to consult directly with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who can provide a detailed breakdown based on your individual needs and goals. During the consultation, you'll receive a precise estimate tailored to your specific requirements. While the initial costs may appear high, many patients find the long-lasting, natural results to be well worth the investment. Additionally, financing options are often available to help make the procedure more affordable.

Yes, there are non-surgical options that can provide some rejuvenation, although they typically do not achieve the same dramatic results as a Facelift. These options include dermal fillers to restore volume and smooth wrinkles, Botox to relax facial muscles and reduce lines, and energy-based treatments to improve skin texture and tone. These treatments can be effective for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging and can serve as a complementary approach or a temporary solution before considering surgery.

However, overusing fillers to address issues best treated surgically can result in unnatural, "overdone" appearances that may need correction later. Patients who undergo surgical rejuvenation often continue using neuromodulators like Botox to smooth dynamic wrinkles, undergo laser skin resurfacing to reverse sun damage, and use fillers to maintain volume. Since surgery does not halt the aging process, non-surgical treatments may be used post-surgery to enhance and maintain the youthful results achieved.

When selecting a Facelift surgeon, it is essential to look for certain qualifications to ensure a safe and satisfactory outcome. Facelift procedures can be performed by general plastic surgeons as well as cosmetic surgeons who subspecialize in facial surgery alone. The surgeon should be board-certified in their respective specialty, indicating they have undergone rigorous training and adhere to high standards of care. Experience is crucial, so be sure to choose a surgeon who specializes in Facelift procedures and has a significant number of successful surgeries.

Additionally, positive patient reviews and testimonials, as well as before-and-after photos, can provide insight into the surgeon’s skill and patient satisfaction. Ensure the surgeon operates in an accredited medical facility and that you feel comfortable and confident in their care during the consultation process. And finally, consider asking your surgeon to connect you with previous patients who have undergone similar procedures and are at various stages of their recovery. This is a common request, and satisfied patients are often happy to share their experiences with prospective patients.

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