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Introduction to Facelift

At our boutique practice on 5th Avenue in NYC, 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. The procedure—which is 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.

Brunette woman showing her perfect face

What is a Facelift?

The technical name of the procedure is a rhytidectomy, but it’s commonly known as a facelift. As people age, gravity, and decreased collagen production cause facial tissues to sag. Droopiness in the face not only results in an aged appearance, but 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.

Who are the Best Candidates for a Facelift?

The best candidates for a Facelift are healthy individuals who are not currently suffering from any medical conditions that impact healing. You should be a nonsmoker and maintain positive and realistic expectations from the procedure.

Brunette woman with perfect lips and skin posing

What are the Benefits of a 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

What’s the First Step?

Deciding 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 guide you 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.

What to Expect on the Day of a Facelift?

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 the 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.

Mini Facelift vs. Facelift

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.


“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 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!”

Blonde short haired woman looking to her side
Close up portrait of a brunette woman with perfect skin and smile



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

Facelift Recovery

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.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. William Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, NewBeauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in New York City?

The cost of a The cost of a Facelift in New York City 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.


Can I combine a Facelift with other procedures?

Absolutely! Many of Dr. Lao’s patients choose to combine their facelift with other procedures to achieve their ideal aesthetic goals. Here are a few of the most popular:

What are the risks associated with a Facelift?

Absolutely! Many of Dr. Lao’s patients choose to combine their facelift with other procedures to achieve their ideal aesthetic goals. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • Blepharoplasty (i.e. Eyelid Surgery or Eyelid Lift)
  • Brow Lift
  • Chemical Peels
  • Chin Implant
  • Laser Treatment
  • Necklift
  • Neurotoxin Injections (i.e. BOTOX)

Schedule Your Consultation

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.

Real patient before facelift photo


Real patient after facelift photo


before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

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Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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