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Facelift, probably the most well known cosmetic procedure, aims to lift the descended facial tissue and remove the excess skin. A well done facelift can make the person looks 10 or 20 years younger.

Face Lift


As a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, I perform facelifts and mini facelifts in my NYC office. This procedure is highly popular, as it can dramatically improve the facial appearance. Whether you have specific concerns like drooping facial tissue and jowls or you are just tired of looking tired, I can help you find the best solution for restoring youthful facial contours. The first step toward your facial rejuvenation is scheduling a consultation. I look forward to meeting you!



  • Time: 3-5 hours
  • General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


  • Ambulate the night of surgery
  • Shower 2 days after surgery
  • 5 to 7 days off work


  • 6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

We understand the value of face to face conversations. Please contact us and we're happy to walk you through the procedure in person.



  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    R, 67, Caucasian

    Because of constant sun exposure and strong wind blow on the deck everyday, R's face aged faster than ladies of her age. She also lost a lot of weight from diet and exercise. After surgery, she was ecstatic by her results. Her face looks fuller, her wrinkles in the face and the bands in her neck were gone. She later returned for another procedure to rejuvenate her lower eyelid.

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    D, 58, Caucasian

    D previously had a facelift done in outside hospital but was unhappy with her result. Facelift with forehead lift were done to correct both her droopy lower face and her heavy brows. She instantly looked at least 10 years younger with her lower face lifted and her eyes opened up with the forehead and brow lift..

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    V, 57, Caucasian

    V wanted total facial rejuvenation to correct her droopy face and brow. She also emphasized the desire to get rid of her “turkey neck”. She was extremely pleased with her neck, she regained the youthful look she once had. Her friends believes she looked at least 10 years younger.

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    M, 64, Caucasian

    M works as a nanny. She came in with chief complaint of the layered appearance of her neck. Face and neck lifts were done at the same time. Incisions were well hidden and she had a tremendous improvement in terms of her neck contour. Notice all the excess skin folds disappeared under her chin.

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    D, 57, Caucasian

    D is a retired police officer. She came in the clinic for desire for facial rejuvenation. She had a lot of excess skin dropping in the upper eyelid covering her eyes, sagging of the face and neck. Both upper and lower eyelid procedures were done at the same time with her face and neck lift. She was very happy with her results and looked at least 10 years younger!

    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a patient who received facelift by New York plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    D, 49, African American

    D was a nurse who worked in the same hospital. She complained of her “double chin” appearance. Necklift with liposuction was done to improve the overall contour of her neck and submental area.

    *Individual results may vary.


As people age, gravity and decreased collagen production cause facial tissues to sag. Droopiness in the face not only results in an aged appearance, it can also cause you to look sad or upset. The most prominent change is the appearance of the jowls, the soft tissue prominence lateral to the chin.

At our NYC practice, facelift surgery is an extremely popular procedure. The surgery can reverse the effects of gravity by lifting the tissues of the lower face. With various approaches and techniques, a facelift can also improve the soft tissue contour in the midface and cheek areas. Combining facelift and forehead lifts can effectively rejuvenate the entire face.


Dr. Lao is skilled in performing both facelifts and mini facelifts. The best type of facelift for you will depend on your treatment goals.

Mini Facelift: If your facial concerns are subtler and are concentrated in the lower face and neck, a mini facelift may be the optimal procedure for you. It is a less-invasive treatment than a full facelift. Because of this, patients have a shorter recovery while still achieving a more youthful facial profile and improved neck and jawline contours. It can also be performed using local anesthesia with sedation instead of general anesthesia.

Facelift: For patients who have considerable sagging in the mid-face and also want to address signs of aging in the lower face and neck, a facelift is likely the best option. A facelift can:

  • Restore lifted cheeks
  • Improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds
  • Eliminate loose neck skin
  • Contour the jawline


A facelift is not a cookie-cutter procedure. A good facelift should be tailored for each individual by considering the degree of sagginess, volume distribution, the need for inclusion of a neck lift, and the condition of the skin.

Most facelift techniques involve an incision in front of the ear hiding at the skin crease. The scar is quite inconspicuous and typically well-hidden. There are also non-incisional facelift techniques available, such as thread lifting, but patients should understand that these methods provide much shorter-term effects than a traditional facelift. Dr. Lao strives for natural-looking results in his New York City facelift patients while placing patient safety and comfort as top priorities.


Making the decision to undergo facelift surgery is a personal one, and a great deal of thought should be put into it before jumping to a decision. If you’re considering a facelift, we’ll be able to give you guidance based on your current skin condition and desired results during a consultation.

However, there are a few considerations that must be taken into account when determining your candidacy. Since the facelift is an invasive procedure that requires recovery time, patients undergoing the surgery should be in good general health to ensure a fast recovery and optimal results.

In addition, potential patients should also have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery. While a facelift can provide significant improvements to your facial contours, it has its limitations. We’ll discuss this and more during your initial consultation.


The cost of a facelift can vary on a number of factors. As an experienced Facelift surgeon in Manhattan, Dr. Lao will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and pricing.


Facelift surgery is normally performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home soon after it is completed. You will need to take some time off to rest and recover as your body heals. You should give yourself about two weeks before returning to your normal daily activities.

We’ll provide you with instructions on how to take care of your dressings and when to make follow-up appointments to ensure that your body is healing as expected. You can expect to experience some swelling after the procedure, but it is temporary and will subside in time. Once the swelling diminishes, you will be able to see the full results of your treatment.

You can further enhance the results of your facelift by committing to a skincare regimen that involves daily moisturizing and keeping your skin protected from the sun when you go outside. Living a healthy lifestyle, in general, can help keep your skin looking beautiful for a long time to come.


If you’re interested in learning more about facelift surgery, contact our office to schedule your consultation today. Dr. William Lao is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon who is dedicated to helping each and every patient look and feel their absolute best. He strives to deliver the best facelift New York City has to offer. He’ll help guide you with care and compassion throughout the entire process and answer any of the questions you have along the way.


Neck Lift incisions can be hidden behind the ear
Necklift: Incision behind the Ear
Facelift incisions can be made in front of the ear
Facelift: Incision in front of the Ear
Facelift and Neck Lift incisions
Facelift and Necklift Incisions Combined


DP, 56, Caucasian, Retired police officer, Queens, USA

"I feel very blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet such a talented young Doctor. I am 57 year old female. In December 2014, I had a facial procedure done. My eyelids top & bottom and face was lifted. I am 100% satisfied with the results. People see me and they say I look 10 years younger. My confidence level is off the charts. I can't say enough about Dr. William Lao. He was kind, considerate, compassionate and caring. We had open communication through emails & telephone calls. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Lao, considering I interviewed 8 different plastic surgeons. Dr. Lao, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School which is one of the finest institutions in the world Dr. Lao I will be forever grateful. Thank you!"

ML, 67, Asian, Finance, New York, USA

"I had an unbelievably positive experience with Dr. William Lao. From the moment I first walked into his clinic for my consultation I was given nothing less than his full attention, expertise and wealth of knowledge. He listened to my concerns and made me completely comfortable that I was in good hands. We exchanged over 100 Emails before/during/after my procedure, Dr. Lao always answer my emails promptly and he certainly has gone far above and beyond any standard as a physician. He is a true gentleman with high integrity as well as a wonderful Doctor. I highly recommend Dr. William Lao to anyone who is considering cosmetic procedures. 5 Stars!!*:) happy"

RC, 57, female, Caucasian, Office worker, New Jersey, USA

"I recently had a face, brow and neck lift with Dr. Lao and he did a fantastic job. My friends all think I look great. I have also recently received compliments on my appearance from people I see only on an occasional basis. I think they know something is different about my appearance but can’t seem to figure out what it is. I think this fact attests to the “natural” look Dr. Lao achieved."


Every surgical procedure and aesthetic treatment we offer is specifically tailored to satisfy the unique needs of the individual. When you come in for a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lao, he can find the perfect aesthetic approach that provides you with your ideal results.