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Facelift by Dr. Michael Wolfeld Manhattan New York

A facelift by plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Wolfeld is a surgical procedure used to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the face. This procedure can correct deep creases that may form between the nose and mouth, a sagging jaw line, folds around the neck, sometimes referred to as a “turkey neck”, and jowls. This is done by removing excess fat and tightening underlying muscles and the skin of your face and neck.  All of these areas get addressed with this procedure to provide long lasting aesthetic improvement to the midface, lower face, jaw line, neckline, chin, and other more subtle aspects.  The goal is for Dr. Wolfeld to provide you with a youthful and especially natural appearance.

The best candidates for this procedure are men and women whose face and neck have begun to sag but who still have some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined.  A face lift can make you look younger and may enhance your self-confidence.  Dr. Wolfeld will evaluate your general health, examine your face, condition of your skin, your underlying bone structure, and explain the procedure to you along with the risks of the procedure. He will discuss an individual plan and specific goals based on your facial structure and wants to be sure you have a complete understanding of the information given to you so you can make a decision which is right for you.

Depending on Dr. Wolfeld’s recommendation, you will either be given the option of a mini-facelift or a standard facelift. At your initial consultation, he will explain to you which procedure you are a candidate for after he examines you.  The procedure can take from 3-5 hours depending on the complexity of the facelift.  It is performed under general anesthesia, and usually on an outpatient basis.  Incisions usually begin at the hairline in the temple area and extend in a natural line in front of the ear and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck requires tightening as well, a small incision may be made under the chin.

Dr. Wolfeld will separate the skin from the fat and muscle below. The fat may either be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. He will then tighten the underlying muscle and fascia or supporting structures, pull the skin back, and remove any excess. Stitches will be used to close the incisions. A drainage tube may be placed behind the ear to help get rid of extra fluid under the skin.  The recovery period following a face lift will consist of some numbness, swelling, and bruising in the face. Your drainage tubes will be removed usually the day after surgery.  You will need to keep your head elevated for a couple of weeks.

Some bruising may persist for approximately two weeks. By the third week, you will look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about 10-14 days after surgery. You will have some scars from your facelift but the majority will be hidden in your hair and the rest will be placed in the natural creases of your face and ears. In time, they will fade and be scarcely visible.

A facelift procedure by Dr. Wolfeld allows for a natural, vibrant, more youthful appearance that is seen and felt by the patient as well as all those around them.  There is a solution and one that can turn back the clock. A solution that appears natural and not overdone.  If you feel that a facelift is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Wolfeld by calling 212-281-1000 

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