Facelift New Jersey

Dr. Kassir is a leading expert in facelifts in NJ and NYC. He performs multiple different types of facelifts, depending on each patient's aesthetic goals. Dr. Kassir's specialized approach for each type of facelift leaves patients with a quicker recovery time and effortless looking results. Find out how to turn back the clock a decade or more with a signature Facelift by Dr. Kassir.

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Is gravity beginning to take a toll on your midface? Is there excess skin on your face or neck? 

In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens and produces jowls and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits. Facelifts counteract these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, giving your face a rejuvinated, youthful look. After surgery, some patients look 10-15 years younger.

What is a Facelift?

Facelifts, also known as rhytidectomies, rejuvenate the mid to lower face and neck by tightening lax skin and muscles, removing excess fat and skin, and repositioning the fat pads and muscles. Dr. Kassir performs a multitude of various facelifts to meet each patient's needs, which focus on the midface, neck, and lower face. The incision is typically made at the temples hidden in the hairline, behind the ear, and/or underneath the chin. The muscles are lifted and repositioned. Any excess fat is removed through liposuction, and the skin is tightened and redraped. Excess skin is trimmed and removed. The stitches are removed after a few days following surgery, and the scars are hiddin in the hairline or behind the ear, and blend in with the natural contours of the face. Dr. Kassir performs minimally invasive and nonsurgical facelifts for people that want to improve their lax skin but have the time for a full surgical recovery. 

Facelifts are most effective for patients who want to correct:

  • Midface sagging
  • Deep creases under the eyes
  • Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
  • Sagging areas of fat
  • Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw

What Won't a Facelift Correct?

Facelifts can produce a dramatic improvement in appearance for patients with the problems mentioned above. However, facelifts do not stop the aging process; in time, signs of aging will gradually appear once again. In addition, facelifts will not rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and some of the midface. Patients who want to improve these areas often combe a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Injectable dermal fillers, facial implants, and skin resurfacing can also enhance the effects of a facelift.

Am I a Good Candidate For a facelift?

The best candidates for rhytidectomy:

  •     Wish to improve one or more of the signs of aging indicated above
  •     Are men or women whose faces have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity
  •     Are generally healthy
  •     Do not smoke
  •     Have realistic expectations
  •     Are considering a facelift for personal reasons, not because someone else is pressuring them to do so

During your consultation, Dr. Kassir will discuss whether a facelift is right for you, and will show digital images of possible outcomes for your facelift procedure.

How is a Facelift Performed?

Facelifts are typically outpatient procedures and may be performed in an office-based facility, surgery center or hospital. Patients may have a choice of IV sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about two hours.

The way a facelift is performed varies depending on the type of facelift procedure, the patient's facial structure, and the extent of correction desired. The three most common incision techniques are:

  1. Traditional facelift: The "full" facelift for rejuvenating the face, jowls and neck, including fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle and deeper tissues, and skin trimming and redraping. The incision begins at the temples and travels down to the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. Sometimes, another incision is made under the chin.
  2. Limited-incision facelift: For limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Short incisions are made at the temples and around the ear, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip as well.
  3. Neck lift: A neck lift concentrates on jowls, loose skin on the neck, and fat under the chin. The incision is made around the ear lobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp.

In all three methods, incisions are closed with stitches or tissue glue. Scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.

The Different Types of Facelifts

A SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift is the most traditional route for a facelift. The aging process takes a toll on the face and neck by decreasing the elasticity of the skin and muscles, resulting in a sagging appearance around the cheeks, jawline, and neck. Dr. Kassir's SMAS facelift works to eliminate jowls and improve skin laxity in the lower face and neck so that the skin is tighter and the muscles are lifted for a rejuvenated look. This type of facelift targets the lower face and neck, resulting in a chiseled neck and jawline.

The Deep Plane Facelift targets the muscles that control facial expression in the midface. It is a slight modification of the traditional SMAS facelift, working more effectively to correct loose skin on the cheeks by targeting deeper facial structures below the SMAS level. This type of facelift is best for patients that have deep nasolabial folds and a sagging midface. During surgery, Dr. Kassir lifts the fat pads and muscles of the cheeks to restore volume and youth in the midface region.

An Endoscopic Facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces signs of aging around the midface and brow area. Dr. Kassir's inovative endoscopic facelift is designed to target the midface or forehead areas to reduce the appearance of sagging. It is most effective for patients seeking to make moderate corrections of a downturned mouth, sagging cheeks, hollowing under eyes, or a drooping forehead. Incisions are only about one inch long and are typically made above the hairline and/or behind the ear, resulting in hidden sutures, a quick recovery time, and almost scarless incision sites.

A Midface Lift specifically targets the areas around the cheekbones. The midface area include the high point at the cheek bones, the nasolabial region, and the middle portion of the cheek. Dr. Kassir's midface lift is performed endoscopically to reposition the malar fat pads in the cheek area to restore volume in the midface. 

A Mini Facelift is designed to address the first signs of aging by improving skin laxity. It is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces moderate midface sagging and requires less recovery time than a traditional facelift and has smaller incision sites. The best candidates for a Mini Facelift are patients who seek to tighten their skin, reduce sagging, and reduce nasolabial through a minimally invasive procedure.

The K-lift™ is Dr. Kassir's trademarked facelift that is designed to tighten the skin in the face and neck area. It is a nonsurgical procedure in which Dr. Kassir utilizes adjustable sutures to tighten the skin in the lower face area. a K-lift™ leaves patients with a refined and rejuvinated appearance for a lower cost and less recovery time than a traditional facelift. 

Recovery From a Facelift 

After your rhytidectomy, Dr. Kassir will wrap the incisions in bandages and may place drainage tubes in the area. The tubes will be taken out the next day, when your hair will be carefully washed. If surgical clips are used to hold the incisions closed, they will be removed one week after the facelift along with your stitches.

At first, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Your face may look uneven or distorted, and your facial muscles may feel stiff. Most of these usually resolve within 3-6 weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy or itchy in time.

Many patients return to work by the third week. Camouflage cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of bruising. You should be gentle with your skin and hair as you recover. Men may need to shave behind the neck and ears where areas of beard-growing skin have moved. Patients should wait to do any physical activity/excercize until Dr. Kassir determines that it's okay. 

How long do the effects of a facelift last?

Results of a facelift do not last forever. You may want to have another procedure in five or ten years. But in another sense, the effects are permanent; years later, your face will continue to look better than if you had never had a facelift.

What are the risks of rhytidectomy?

Possible complications of facelift include: bleeding, infection, bruising, uneven swelling or discoloration, allergic reaction to the anesthesia, skin blistering (usually only seen in smokers), and temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the face. Dr. Kassir will discuss the risks and benefits of a facelift with you before your surgery. It is vital to choose an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon that has performed many facelifts to ensure your own safety and the best possible results. Dr. Kassir is a triple board certified plastic surgeon that has been in practice for 22 years and has performed over 8,000 surgeries in his career. Dr. Kassir performs facelifts in Wayne and Ridgewood, NJ.


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