Facelift Manhattan, NY

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Facelifts in Manhattan

A rhytidectomy, or a facelift, is a procedure that corrects sagging skin in the lower half of the face. With only discreet incisions behind the ears, hairline, and/or below the chin, you can reduce the appearance of jowls and loose skin around the cheeks and neck. The subtle lift provided works to contour your most flattering features and eliminate deep creases in the face. Depending on your needs, you may benefit from a full facelift or a simpler mini facelift. 

At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, our board-certified surgeons can help you present your most youthful, rejuvenated self to the world.  Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.SDr. Jason M. Weissler, and Dr. Stephanie A. Cooper take pride in getting to know each and every patient’s needs and concerns. To get started today, call our Manhattan location or our nearby Scarsdale location for more details.

Alternatively, you can request a consultation online and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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About the Facelift Procedure

The facelift has remained in the top five most popular cosmetic surgeries since 2016. (1) With a full facelift, patients can expect to see these results that last 10 years or more. Facelifts can take years from your appearance, but they can only treat very specific signs of 

aging. They cannot treat sagging or wrinkling around the eyes and forehead. To treat these issues, a blepharoplasty, a forehead lift or a laser skin resurfacing treatment may be more well-suited options. Still, after a facelift, you can expect to see:

  • A more defined jawline  
  • Reduced jowls 
  • More defined, lifted cheeks 
  • Reduced appearance of nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lip lines  
  • Less pronounced “double chin” and skin laxity of the neck 

A mini facelift treats milder signs of aging, so it’s the perfect procedure for younger patients in their 30s and 40s. Usually, younger patients opt for this procedure since they need more subtle changes to improve their profile. This type of facelift only treats early jowling and sagging of the lower cheeks. 

What is a Liquid Facelift? 

A liquid facelift is not a facelift in the traditional sense, but it can recreate similar results with multiple kinds of dermal fillers. You and your surgeon can discuss which filler/s may be most beneficial to you and the anti-aging effects you want to achieve. Our locations near Manhattan, NY offer poly-l lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and calcium hydroxyapatite fillers for our liquid facelift procedures. 


To prepare for your facelift, your surgeon will first need to make sure you are in good health. They may conduct a few blood tests, review your current medications and supplements, and discuss any underlying conditions you may have. To get the best results possible, you will have to stop taking blood-thinning medications to avoid the possibility of excessive bleeding during your procedure. If you are a smoker, you will be required to stop at least 4 to 6 weeks before to ensure that your blood circulation is working optimally. In the weeks following up to your procedure, you will have to maintain proper skin care. This includes following a doctor-approved skincare routine and regularly using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. 

The day before and the day of your procedure, you will be able to wash your hair, but you should avoid using any hair gels, creams, or makeup that can interfere with the incisions. Finally, you should make plans for a friend or family member to pick you up after your procedure. Whether you receive local or general anesthesia, it is unsafe to drive yourself home. Immediately before your appointment, consider wearing a top with buttons or a zipper so that you can easily change out of it. 

Types of Facelift

Full Facelift 

When it comes to a full facelift, general anesthesia is necessary. Your surgeon will begin an incision behind the ear and extend to either the hairline or the sideburns. Then the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer is accessed through these incisions. This is a layer of connective tissue distinct from fat and skin that is manipulated during a facelift. Your surgeon will discreetly suture this layer in order to lift sagging areas of the lower half of the face. Using the SMAS layer ensures that results are long-lasting and do not create an overly tightened look. (2) Sometimes, certain fat deposits are repositioned or removed. Certain full facelift techniques involve an extra incision underneath the chin in order to tighten the platysma muscle of the neck. A neck lift may also be combined with a facelift for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Finally, to complete the procedure,extra skin is excised and the remaining tissue is carefully sutured into place.. From start to finish, the entire procedure can take 3 to 6 hours. 

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift, also called a short scar facelift, or a “weekend facelift” can be performed with 

local anesthesia and sedation. A unique aspect of the procedure is that the incisions made are shorter. The lines usually only extend slightly out of the back of each ear. The SMAS is lifted in the same way as the full facelift, but the procedure usually takes less than two hours. 

Liquid Facelift

At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology in Manhattan, NY, we only utilize biocompatible, biodegradable dermal fillers for all of our anti-aging treatments:   

  • Poly-L lactic acid. The results of this synthetic dermal treatment can last up to one year. (3) Initially, this substance prompts an inflammatory response in the skin, which in turn, causes the body to metabolize it into water and carbon dioxide. During this process, collagen production is stimulated. Collagen is a critical protein of the skin that gives it the rigidity and elasticity it needs to promote a youthful appearance. (4) 
  • Hyaluronic acid. These injections incorporate a substance that is already naturally found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain its moisture as well as bind to collagen in order to support the skin’s healthy structure. (5)
  • Calcium hydroxyapatite. This filler contains a natural mineral (calcium hydroxyapatite) that is suspended in carboxymethylcellulose gel, a derivative of the cellulose found in plants. A calcium hydroxyapatite filler, Radiesse, has been shown to boost collagen production over a nine-month period. (6)


After the anesthesia wears off, it’s likely that you’ll experience swelling, soreness, redness, bruising, and/or numbness in your face. These side effects are completely normal and will subside within the next few days. We will prescribe medications to help you in your healing process. You will also be given a chin/head strap to keep the area protected and secure. Some patients may also require drains to reduce swelling. For a mini facelift, you will only need one week of downtime, while a full facelift will require two weeks. 

Personal Consultation

Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.SDr. Jason M. Weissler, Dr. Stephanie A. Cooper, and our team at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology are eager to listen to your aesthetic concerns and come up with a treatment plan you will love. With a personal consultation with one of our surgeons, you can find out if a facelift is the best course of action for your facial rejuvenation goals. You can also read through our blog to find out more about what we offer. 

Cost of a Facelift in Manhattan, New York 

The cost of your procedure will be dependent on the extent of the changes made and the type of anesthesia you’ll receive. With a personal consultation, an accurate estimate of a facelift can be determined. Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology also offers financing plans for those who may be in need of them. 

Call our locations near Manhattan or Westchester County locations at (646) 846-4544 (New York City) or (914) 637-6299 (Scarsdale). You may also contact us through our online form and we will respond as quickly as possible. 


What is the best age to get a facelift?

People in their 30s and 40s may see the best results from a mini facelift, while people in their 50s and 60s may require a full facelift to achieve the same outcome. 

How long does a facelift last?

A full facelift can last more than 10 years, while mini facelifts generally last less than 10 years. 

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift, also known as a limited-incision facelift, is a less invasive version of the traditional facelift. It targets specific areas of concern, such as the lower face and jawline, with smaller incisions and a shorter recovery time. This procedure is suitable for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging.

Will I look “pulled back” with a facelift?

Facelift procedures focus on the modification of the SMAS layer of connective tissue under the skin. Experienced surgeons familiar with the intricacies of the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS), the network of connective tissue under the skin, ensure that results are natural-looking. 


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  2. Barrett DM, Casanueva FJ, Wang TD. Evolution of the rhytidectomy. World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 2016;2(1):38-44. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wjorl.2015.12.001 
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  4. Sickles CK, Nassereddin A, Gross GP. Poly-L-Lactic Acid. PubMed. Published 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507871/ 
  5. Brandt FS, Cazzaniga A. Hyaluronic acid gel fillers in the management of facial aging. Clin Interv Aging. 2008;3(1):153-159. doi:10.2147/cia.s2135
  1. Loghem JV, Yutskovskaya YA, Philip Werschler WM. Calcium Hydroxylapatite. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2015;8(1):38-49. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4295857/