About Primary Facelift

Dr. Jeffrey Lisiecki is a fellowship-trained facelift surgeon, specializing in cutting-edge techniques that reverse the signs of aging while hiding scarring. He tailors each individual’s facelift plan according to their unique anatomical considerations and goals, ensuring optimal and naturalized results. If you’re considering a facelift, please contact Dr. Lisiecki to explore your options.

Face: the aging process

The face undergoes numerous changes as we grow older. Collagen and elastin are the structural proteins that add firmness and elasticity to the skin, making your face look firm and youthful. As the collagen and elastin fibers start degrading, your facial skin starts drooping downwards because of gravity, leading to sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.

The loss of collagen and elastin are responsible for the onset of deep facial creases, wrinkles, jowls, and a double chin. Additionally, the loss of fat volume can cause the face to appear gaunt. Even those who exercise regularly and eat healthily are susceptible to the effects of age. Dr. Lisiecki carefully measures the degree of skin laxity at different parts of the face to curate a personalized facelift plan to reverse the signs of aging.

What is a primary facelift?

A primary facelift is the first facelift procedure that an individual undergoes. It involves making careful incisions to separate the skin from the underlying fat, muscle, and soft tissues. The incisions can be made around the ears, lower scalp, hairline, or other regions, depending on the individual’s unique needs and goals. After separating the skin, the surgeon carefully trims excess skin tissues, tightens the underlying muscles and soft tissues, and removes unwanted fat cells.

The skin is carefully re-draped and smoothed, and the incisions are closed with sutures. The scars are strategically placed along the folds of the skin and other regions where they remain barely visible or invisible. Over time, the scars dissipate and fade away, and the individual is left looking years younger. A facelift can take a decade or more off the face, reintroducing the patient to how they looked at an earlier age.

The primary goals of a facelift include:

  • Achieving youthful and natural facial contours
  • Reducing vertical and horizontal facial lines
  • Elevating the eyebrows
  • Rejuvenating the eye area
  • Improving the quality of the skin
  • Reducing all unwanted fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restoring elegant neck contours and jawline
  • Reducing excessive skin laxity
  • Strengthening underlying facial muscles
  • Making the facial skin look taut and firm
  • Reversing the unwanted signs of facial aging

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Facelift combined with facial fat grafting

Facial fat grafting, also known as a fat transfer, is a minimally invasive procedure that is often combined with a facelift to achieve the optimal results for the patient. This procedure involves transferring fat cells from one part of the body to the face, generally the cheeks, to restore facial volume. Liposuction is first used to extract excess fat cells from the donor site, this is commonly the abdomen, thighs, or a similar area of the body. The extracted fat is then injected into the area being addressed. As the fat cells are natural and drawn from your body, there is minimized risk of allergies or infections.

Candidates for primary facelift surgery:

  • Are usually between 40 and 70 years of age
  • Want to reverse the signs of facial aging
  • Have minimal to moderate skin laxity in the neck and jowls
  • Have deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose and mouth
  • Have deep creases under the lower eyelids
  • Have a double chin or excess fatty skin underneath the chin
  • Are nonsmokers or willing to stop smoking a few months before the surgery
  • Have realistic expectations from the facelift procedure
  • Are in generally good physical and mental health
  • Understand the risks involved with a facelift surgery
  • Can take at least two weeks off work to recover properly

Dr. Lisiecki’s surgical approach to a facelift

Dr. Lisiecki performs a primary facelift after a thorough consultation at his state-of-the-art surgical center in Manhattan. He listens to your goals and concerns, examines your facial skin, reviews your medical history, and marks the treatment areas on your face to create a surgical plan. A facelift can be performed using numerous techniques, such as a mini facelift, lower facelift, SMAS facelift, fat grafting, and other methods. Dr. Lisiecki curates a personalized facelift plan based on your unique anatomical considerations and goals.

The facelift procedure is performed in Dr. Lisiecki’s surgical center under the supervision of a reliable anesthesiologist. The surgeon makes careful incisions in the hairline at the temples, around the ear, and the lower scalp, depending on your unique condition and needs. The incisions allow the surgeon to separate the skin from the underlying fat cells, muscles, and soft tissues. He uses a unique technique to trim away excess skin tissues, tighten underlying muscles, and, in some cases, use liposuction to reduce fat cells.

After making all necessary adjustments, the surgeon re-drapes the skin over the new facial contours and sutures them closed. The incisions are usually placed in discreet locations that aren’t visible upon casual observation, so they won’t be visible. Furthermore, as the incisions gradually heal and dissipate over several weeks and months, the patient’s skin will look smooth, taut, and youthful. Dr. Lisiecki’s unique facelift technique ensures optimal results with minimal risks.

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Recovery after a primary facelift

After the facelift procedure, the surgeon will place a special cooling mask on your skin to minimize swelling and bruising. Small tubes might also be inserted underneath the skin to reduce fluid accumulation and improve recovery. Most sutures are removed 7 to 10 days after the surgery, and you can expect moderate swelling for several weeks. Patients can generally return to work within two weeks, and physical activities can be resumed around four to six weeks after a facelift.

A brief overview of the months after a facelift:

  • Weeks 1-3: Bruising and swelling peak and subside
  • Months 3-4: Numbness and tightness of the skin
  • Months 5-6: Final results start becoming evident
  • Months 12+: The results finalize
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Dr. Jeffrey Lisiecki believes in compassionate, diligent, and personalized care at every stage of the facelift journey, including before, during, and after the surgery. He follows you through every stage of the recovery process, ensuring you never feel isolated. A facelift is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Lisiecki uses cutting-edge techniques that restore your youthfulness without obvious signs of cosmetic work.

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