A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgery that reduces the signs of aging by contouring and tightening the jawline and neck. While there are other options to rejuvenate the facial skin, the facelift is the most comprehensive method of reducing or even eliminating sagging skin, jowls, and deep wrinkles like marionette lines. In addition to the standard procedure, which primarily treats the lower face and neck, we specialize in the deep plane facelift, a highly technical version of the procedure that also includes work on the midface between the eyes and mouth to reduce drooping and visible folds in the cheek region. The Glasgold Group are among the most experienced facial plastic surgeons in the world and have delivered proven results for our facelift New Jersey patients time and time again with the deep-plane technique. Our 20 years of experience with this procedure have convinced us that it is the most natural and longest lasting facelift procedure.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Contrary to the stereotypes, a well-performed facelift leaves behind a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance rather than a tight or overly done look. In fact, the Deep Plane Facelift was developed to avoid the pulled mouth and cheek swoosh that is often seen with standard facelifts. Our high level of training and experience allows us to focus on providing each patient with natural-looking results and a rapid recovery in the safest environment possible.
Is a deep plane facelift the right surgery for you?
Every facelift begins with a detailed consultation in one of our New Jersey offices. During your consultation, you’ll be able to carefully review the concerns you have with your current appearance and go over your goals for the end result. Your face will be evaluated to determine the best approach for your situation, and you will be advised on whether you can realistically get the results you want.
Once you’ve decided on the procedure that fits your needs, you’ll also go over the finer details like scheduling, payment, medical history, and pre-surgery precautions to minimize the risks of the procedure.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Laura’s Facelift Journey Part 1, Pre-Op – Dr. Robert Glasgold
Facelift Surgery Procedure
It is important to take the proper steps before your surgery to ensure a good experience. The day before the procedure, feel free to go about your normal business but be sure to stay well-hydrated since all eating and drinking will need to stop at midnight. Remove all jewelry, particularly facial piercings, the night before your procedure, and take a shower with soap. You’ll need to make sure your face, including the ears and hairline, are clean and that all traces of makeup are gone. You’ll need clean skin for your procedure, so don’t apply any products such as moisturizer after your shower.
The morning of your procedure may be a nervous time, but try to relax. Take another shower to remove any traces of sweat from the night, and again be sure that your face is quite clean. Don’t apply any products, even deodorant, after your shower, since these can interfere with necessary surgical markings or anesthesia monitoring. You may not eat or drink anything, but brushing your teeth is fine as long as you are careful not to swallow any water. Contact lenses should be avoided as well, but glasses are fine. Try to avoid clothing that pulls over your head; loose-fitting garments that button or zip will be much easier to manage.
Face lift Surgery Experiences in New Jersey
Once you arrive in our office, you’ll be taken to our AAAHC-certified operating suite where the details of your procedure will be discussed with you one last time before the surgery begins. After surgical markings are made on your face to ensure accurate incisions, you’ll be placed under anesthesia. Since your safety is always a primary concern for us, we do not use general anesthesia. All of our surgeries are performed using conscious sedation, or “twilight sleep.” You will feel as if you are asleep for the entire procedure and will not experience any pain.
Once you’re anesthetized, incisions will be made around your hairline from the temples down past the ear to the back of your neck. The muscle and fat will be repositioned as necessary before the skin is redraped, trimmed as necessary, and reattached at the incision points. Once the incisions have been closed, dressings will be applied, and you’ll be moved to the recovery room.
Mini Face lifts vs. Deep Plane Facelifts – New Jersey – Dr. Robert Glasgold
Our Deep Plane Facelifts are performed under twilight anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. After a brief stay in the recovery room to determine that you’re recovering normally, you’ll be able to go home. We do not use any drains or bandages so you will be comfortable moving about and eating right after surgery. We will examine you in our office the next day and you may shower and wash your hair and get your face wet after you are examined. You can expect to have swelling and bruising for the first week or two. Patients usually only report some discomfort after surgery and you will be given pain medication should you need it. Sleeping with your head elevated will also help. We recommend light activity for the first few days. Sutures are removed within a week and make up can be used as soon as the sutures are removed. Aerobic exercise can be started at one week. Most patients feel well enough to resume normal activities within 2-3 weeks, but full healing will take about 6 months.
Suzanne’s Face lift Experience – Dr.Mark Glasgold
Why Choose The Glasgold Group
Facelift is a complex and custom procedure that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to perform properly. At the Glasgold Group, our surgeons have decades of experience while patients and peers alike respect them for the beautiful, natural-looking results they produce consistently. By choosing the Glasgold Group for your procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a co-director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program of AAFPRS.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
Frequently Asked Questions
A facelift is an operation that addresses the area below the eyes. A facelift can be combined with other procedures such as Fat Transfer, Blepharoplasty or Browlift to improve the appearance of the eyes during the same surgery.
Your incisions will be carefully placed in creases and along the hairline to minimize visibility, but there will be some minor scars if you look closely. Most patients are pleased by how nearly invisible the scars end up after 6-12 months. You can improve your chances of minimal scarring by avoiding unprotected sun exposure, since that can darken scars.
Twilight anesthesia (conscious sedation) is used for all of our cosmetic procedures. The patient is safe, comfortable and pain free. There is a rapid and comfortable recovery. To learn more, watch this short video here featuring Dr. Mark Glasgold.
There are a variety of skin treatments that can improve skin texture and reduce fine lines, but no cream or laser treatment can eliminate sagging and deep wrinkles like a facelift can. Since a facelift actually removes excess skin, it provides much more dramatic result than any topical treatment.
We specialize in careful techniques to minimize recovery times. Most patients will feel comfortable with most daily life activities after a week or so. For more intimate settings such as dinner with friends, it will likely be a few weeks for the swelling and bruising to be gone enough to feel really comfortable.
A facelift is a permanent procedure; the repositioned tissues will stay in their new position. Almost all of our long term follow up patients feel that they look better 8 – 10 years after the surgery than they did before. That said, you will continue to age normally after your facelift and secondary facelifts are easily done starting about 10 years after the first. You can preserve your new youthful look as long as possible with normal anti-aging measures like skin treatments, sunscreen, and proper nutrition and hydration. To learn more watch this short face lift video featuring Dr. Mark Glasgold.
It’s more a question of skin condition than chronological age. If you are suffering from facial sagging, marionette lines, jowls, or other problems of aging, you can benefit from a facelift regardless of your actual age. Likewise, a facelift can be performed on anyone who is in good health regardless of age. We have examples of all types of patients from very early to a bit late in our photo gallery. To learn more watch this facial plastic surgery video with Dr. Mark Glasgold.
Just because your opting for surgery, doesn’t mean the healing process is painful! To learn more watch this short video featuring Dr. Mark Glasgold.
We strongly recommend that you stop smoking prior to a facelift. The better you take care of your overall health and the fewer medical problems you have including smoking and being overweight, the better you will heal from any major surgery.
Male facelifts are done essentially the same as in woman. Men are often concerned primarily with the neck and in these patients we do a procedure where all of the incisions are in the neck. We call it a direct neck and satisfaction in male patients with this more limited procedure is extremely high.
In the mid 30’s to early 40’s it is very common for woman to notice an early aging appearance but are unable to identify the specifics. It is almost always a result of volume loss particularly in the eye and cheek region. A fat transfer is an ideal procedure for restoring the volume and providing natural subtle improvement in an aged patient.
A natural appearing result from a facelift is standard in our practice. This is based on the type of facelift we do, the deep plane facelift, which produces much more natural appearing results than minilifts. It is also much better to do a facelift before there is significant hanging skin which makes a natural appearance much harder to achieve. You can see one woman’s journey through her facelift step by step on our website.
It is more important to apply sunscreen every few hours than worry about the SPF and just be smart about not risking a sunburn. We believe that a facelift should not interrupt activity too much and we start patients exercising 5 days after surgery. You can follow one of our patients through her procedure on our website.
The answer to this question is not about the surgery but about understanding the terminology. A facelift (full facelift) is an operation that will lift from the lower cheek down to the neck. In our practice a facelift always includes a full necklift but does not lift the eyes or eyebrows. There are really only two types of adequate facelifts; the deep plane facelift and the SMAS facelift, both of which provide excellent improvement of the neck, jawline and lower face. In our practice we only perform deep plane facelifts and we have extensive videos explaining why on our website.
A minilift (Mini Facelift) is really a completely different operation which limits the surgery to pulling on the skin and often produces short lived results. Unfortunately, it is common to give a sexy name like lifestyle lift to a minilift to give the impression that there is something unique or special that other surgeons don’t have. Thread lifts, like minilifts, are attractive to patients because they seem to be a less invasive procedure but have the same problem, once the swelling is gone in a few months there is often very little improvement. You can often get realistic expectation for a procedure by going to a website like Realself.com, where patients will tell their own experiences with procedures and doctors.
Bonnie’s Face lift Experience – Dr. Robert Glasgold