About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Koch performs a wide variety of facial surgical treatments in New York. One of the most sought out surgeries at our practice is a facelift. This surgery concentrates on distinct sections of the face to tighten loose skin features to create a more taut, yet softer appearance. Depending on your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom two-thirds including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-encompassing youthful look. The facelift technique used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some men and women are of age and have skin laxity for a full facelift, while others may only be ready for a mid-face lift. Dr. Koch is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift surgery. The overall goal is to create a natural look that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.
"Professional and personable - As a patient in the midst of breast reconstruction due to cancer, Dr. Koch and his team have been so incredibly helpful from the start with drawing and notes that made it easier to understand during a very hard time. Dr. Koch helps to clarify at each step of the way and has been available to answer questions, respond to calls, and work through my confusion as the cancer process unfolded and the reconstruction work is now in progress. I am so grateful that he is my surgeon and absolutely recommended him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 19, 2019
"Dr.Koch and his staff are truly amazing!!!! Dr.Koch listened to my wants explained everything to to me multiple times. He also showed me EXACTLY what he would be doing for both my procedures. His staff is also the best! Everyone gets back to you in a timely fashion and they are always helpful no matter what the situation. They make you feel like they have known you forever. I highly recommend Dr.Koch and I would truly use him again."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 07, 2021
"Amazing from Beginning to End - Dr.Koch and his staff are truly amazing!!!! Dr.Koch listened to my wants explained everything to to me multiple times. He also showed me EXACTLY what he would be doing for both my procedures. His staff is also the best! Everyone gets back to you in a timely fashion and they are always helpful no matter what the situation. They make you feel like they have known you forever. I highly recommend..."- P. / RealSelf / Apr 07, 2021
"Dr. Koch and his Staff went above and beyond protocol to insure my fears and doubts of my injury, also he explained in great detail of the process and best course of action. I am greatful to have a Doctor like Dr. Koch and his great staff. Patient-JS"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 23, 2021
"I have a history of breast cancer and have had over 20 surgeries all with complications to follow. I wish I had known about Dr. Koch 15 surgeries ago because I wouldn’t be writing my story. My previous surgeon was neglectful and didn’t take the precautions to ensure a safe and healthy recovery. I am so grateful I have found Dr Koch through another surgeon. Dr Koch is by far the most gifted surgeon. He performed a 9.5 hour surgery that was complicated. I am so excited to finally have hope because of this amazing surgeon."- D.B. / Healthgrades / Oct 28, 2020
Men and women who are suitable for a facelift may have started noticing drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower face. Facelift surgery can address one or more areas depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have a facelift. There are many aspects and factors that can determine your desire for a facelift, and also numerous lift techniques used for the procedure depending on your cosmetic concerns. The lifting technique chosen will vary for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old versus those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. The condition of skin is one of the most important elements in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health, refrain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations.
No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. In addition, some methods are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or fillers and BOTOX to complement and enhance their final results. A few of the more common facelift options include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift most often places an incision close to the hairline, then extends down to the area near the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are carefully pulled and safely tightened to produce a lifted outcome, which reduces excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is reserved for individuals who have visible signs of advanced aging. With this lift, various techniques may be combined, including blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
With a similar approach to the mini lift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift focuses on the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This lift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as injectable treatments, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates subtle improvements that look natural.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your procedure, Dr. Koch or a member of his team will schedule your follow-up appointments and go over tips to help you to heal faster. You should expect to experience bruising and swelling, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped with provided prescription pain medication. You should look and feel normal after several weeks and notice a more glowing look with less lines and sagging. In all, your face will be lifted and younger looking.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can discuss cost estimates. A member of our team can help you find low-interest financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Koch will go over the different techniques during your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to create a desirable outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you select which is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift surgery can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for much longer. Ask Dr. Koch about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Koch focuses on giving you a natural-looking result, so you look refreshed and not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personalized treatment plan utilizing the technique that will produce the best results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,500 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can take years off your appearance and give you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your unique goals. This surgery is designed to help you look younger, but still natural. For more information, we invite you to get in touch with one of our New York facilities to set up your appointment with Dr. Koch.