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For those accustomed to looking and feeling their best, the aging process can bring frustration and dissatisfaction with the image in the mirror. Inevitably, the face is one of the areas hit hardest by gravity, stress, exposure to the elements and the compromising effects of time. Sagging neck folds, wrinkles and a loss of skin elasticity gradually detract from a once-youthful, vital countenance. At ESK, we have arguably the best facelift NYC has to offer.

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, can dramatically reverse this downward trajectory, restoring volume and suppleness to the facial contour, tightening the jaw and neck lines, and smoothing fine wrinkles and lines. While a facelift alone can work wonders for self-confidence, it can also be performed as part of a more comprehensive makeover when coupled with a browlift, necklift or eyelid surgery.

Why should clients choose

Any procedure targeting the face is by nature highly delicate and complex, as even the most subtle of alterations can have a significant impact on the total aesthetic. That’s why it’s so important to choose a cosmetic surgeon who specializes exclusively in this area. As a double board certified expert in head and neck surgery, Dr. Kwak possesses the highest levels of training, accreditation and experience, earning him a reputation as performing among the best facelifts NYC patients can hope to undergo. Clients of all ages and ethnicities find that Dr. Kwak has an intuitive grasp of facial harmony, balance and beauty, delivering beautiful, effortlessly natural results that exceed all expectation.

During your initial consultation with the doctor, he will carefully review your medical history, your previous surgeries, your goals and wishes for the procedure, and of course any concerns or fears that may be weighing on your mind. Dr. Kwak tailors each facelift to the client and will never over-operate, thus preserving facial spontaneity and organic expression. When necessary, Dr. Kwak may recommend additional procedures that will enhance the facelift and improve its results, such as neck liposuction or blepharoplasty, or in some cases the use of fillers and injectables.

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The Facelift procedure

ESK clients will find that there are a range of options available when it comes to improving and reshaping the facial anatomy. The type of facelift best suited to each patient will be determined during consultation.

Facelift vs. Non-Surgical Treatments

With advancements in injectable fillers and other non-surgical treatments for facial rejuvenation, some may believe facelift surgery is becoming obsolete. However, even with the rise in the use of fillers and laser skin treatments, facelifts continue to be as popular as ever as no other treatment produces such a dramatic improvement for those who are living with sagging, drooping facial skin and tissue.

Patients who opt for non-surgical methods achieve a degree of improvement from mild to moderate signs of aging. Most dermal fillers have a limited lifespan, producing a smoother look for just a few months to a year before breaking down and then reabsorbed by the body. The refreshed, restored facial appearance produced by a facelift will last for many years with proper care.

The outcome of a surgical facelift can simply not be reproduced with non-surgical treatments alone. If you want to make a significant difference and achieve real facial rejuvenation that takes years off your appearance, a facelift may be the right procedure for you.

The Mini Facelift

This procedure is known for its shortened downtime and reduced scarring. It is most often performed under local anesthesia. Through very small, almost invisible incisions, the jawline, cheeks and neck are repositioned for a more well-rested and youthful presentation.

For clients who suffer from a high degree of skin laxity however, the mini facelift may not be aggressive enough to achieve the desired results. Look into this mini treatment for one of the best, youthful facelifts Manhattan can offer.

The full facelift

During the full or complete facelift, the lower portion of the face is refreshed and recontoured, addressing creases, sagging, depleted muscle tone and an undefined jaw line. Incisions are hidden behind the ears in the hairline and are virtually undetectable after surgery.

This procedure is extremely effective for those clients who are struggling with excess skins folds around the jaw and neck that add on years and cause the patient to appear chronically tired or drained. Look into the full treatment for more dramatic results from your facelift.

What happens during the Procedure

The facelift is a surgical procedure, involving the incision of the skin and resection of the loose and sagging tissues of the face. As with all surgical procedures, patients will have to get admitted to the clinic for the treatment.

There are no specific restrictions regarding eligibility criteria for patients. But, it is advised that you visit the doctor for a consultation to understand whether you are a good candidate for the procedure or not. It’s important to remember that the facelift surgery is designed only to improve your appearance. It will not change your facial features or alter the way you look. It’s important that you speak to the doctor to set realistic expectations about the procedure.

The surgery starts with the doctor first marking the areas of the face that needs to be treated. A full facelift will involve the surgeon marking large parts of the face to be lifted. Next, the doctor will apply a topical numbing cream to your face. Local anesthesia is usually used. But, if your medical history dictates that you need general anesthesia, then the doctor will administer the chemical accordingly.

Next, the doctor will start by incising the skin. Next, he/she will resect the sagging tissues, pull back and tighten the loose folds of skin and stitch back the skin. Medical-grade, skin-friendly sutures will be used for the stitches. These sutures will be done in such a way, that they won’t be visible on the face.

Duration of the Surgical Procedure

The standard full New York facelift takes about 3-4 hours to be completed. But, this may increase up to 6 hours, if you have planned to have other dermatological or facial reconstruction surgeries along with this.

The mini-facelift procedure, due to the focused nature of the surgery, takes only about 2-3 hours to be completed. This is a minimally invasive procedure where only certain specific areas of the face will be treated.

Am I a candidate

Modern surgical techniques used by Dr. Kwak at our New York clinic make it possible to reduce the recovery time after a facelift. The procedure is versatile and well-tolerated, and customized for each patient. With the advanced surgical techniques used by Dr. Kwak, adult men and women who are ready to take steps to restore and rejuvenate the face, neck, and jaw can achieve a dramatic improvement that appears natural, fresh, and appealing. Ideal candidates for the procedure are those who have the following facial conditions:

  • Sagging skin, wrinkles, or jowls on their lower face and upper neck
  • Are near their ideal weight, as significant fluctuations can impact the results
  • Adequate skin laxity that can be repositioned to a firmer, more youthful position in procedure

If you are considering a facelift, you should not smoke or take any medications that will pose a risk of slowing healing after a surgical procedure. Dr. Kwak can help you determine if a facelift is the procedure that will best produce the facial rejuvenation you envision for yourself.

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Benefits of a Facelift

What was once a very complex surgical procedure has been simplified, thanks to years of perfecting the advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art tools. Now there are very few negatives associated with undergoing facelift, and the benefits include:

  • Results that can last years, not months
  • Speedy recovery that allows you to quickly resume work or other activities
  • Discreet incisions that do not leave visible scars
  • Easily combined with other procedures to enhance results
  • Increased self-confidence

A facelift takes years off your appearance and provides a rejuvenated, refreshed look with minimal risk. Boost your self-confidence with a procedure that treats the underlying causes of aging by restoring a more youthful position for facial muscles, treating loose, drooping skin and tissue, redefining your jawline, and creating a beautiful, balanced facial appearance that looks natural, fresh and youthful.

Facelift Risks

Facelifts are extremely safe, if performed by a qualified physician. But, as with all surgical procedures, there are certain risks involved. Minor post-surgical bruising, scarring and bleeding are common. These will reduce a few days after the procedure. Pain, swelling and tenderness may be present for a few months.

Infections and blood clots are very rare, but care must be taken to avoid exposure to anything that can damage, injure or infect the skin.

Facelift Results

Depending on various factors such as the elasticity of your skin, potential weight loss/gain, nutrition and environmental factors, the results of your facelift can last for many years. Although signs of aging will appear a few years after the procedure, your skin will still look more beautiful and youthful than before.

If you wish to undergo a facial treatment after the facelift, you can choose to stick with treatments such as:

Unless advised by your surgeon, a second facelift is unnecessary.

Preparing for the Surgery

The first and the most important thing you need to do is review your medical history to see if you’re eligible for a facelift. You will be ineligible for a facelift if:

  • You take blood thinners
  • You have a skin infection
  • You have had multiple fluctuations in weight, resulting in constant stretching of the skin
  • You are a smoker

Next, the doctor will conduct a physical examination to understand the features and structures of your face. The areas of your face to be treated will be marked and the doctor will provide you your pre-surgical care routine.

You will be expected to stop eating 24 hours prior to the surgery. Any medications that you have been advised to take by other medical practitioners will be reviewed by your plastic surgeon and you will be provided an alternative course of treatment.

You are also advised to thoroughly wash your face and hair before the procedure. The warm water will make your skin soft and supple and make it easier to incise during surgery. Additionally, post-surgery, you will not be allowed to wash your face for a few days to allow the skin to heal. Washing your face before surgery is a good way to stay clean longer.

Finally, remember you will be required to come back to the office to see Dr Kwak the following morning. So if you live far away it may be best to plan to stay in a hotel near by. We require a nurse to stay with you 12-48 hours post surgery. You will also not be able to leave alone so plan to have someone collect you.

Recovery from Facelift

Recovery from a facelift is generally accompanied by very little pain, although Dr. Kwak will provide medication to assist with any post-operative discomfort.

Some bruising and numbness is to be expected, but these symptoms will usually abate within a week or two. A cold compress will help to alleviate the swelling, as will keeping the head elevated as much as possible. For most patients, a swift return to work and normal activities is possible within a few weeks. Remember that while your results may be visible right away, they can also continue to improve for up to six months as healing transpires.

Every patient heals differently, so recovery time varies from patient to patient. The extent of the procedure impacts the recovery time, and whether it was a mini or full facelift. Patients typically take a few days to two weeks off work depending on the type of procedure. You will be advised to rest at home for several days after the procedure.

Strenuous activities, including exercise should be avoided until you are advised to resume these activities by Dr. Kwak. Any discomfort is easily managed with prescription pain medication, and Dr. Kwak will be carefully monitoring your progress throughout the recovery process. Contact us today and set up a consultation for arguably the best facelift New York has to offer.

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History Of The Facelift

Today, facelifts are one of the most common methods of regaining the beautiful and youthful appearance of the face. But, a few years ago, there were no medical dermatological solutions which provided the lasting benefits that facelifts do.

The early 1900s had medical practitioners conducting micro surgeries to reduce the sagging of the skin, cheeks and jowls. Plastic surgery was still in its nascent stages and there was no dedicated plastic surgeon specializing in facelifts yet.

The earliest recorded surgery which resembled the facelift was done in 1920, when surgeons moved from just excising strips of skin to treating extensive portions of the face. Unfortunately, not much is known about the surgical procedures used in the early 1900s, as plastic surgical procedures were jealously guarded secrets and because this was still a niche segment, with very few doctors having the skills to perform the surgery, medical practitioners were hesitant to reveal their tricks.

Then, everything changed due to World War I. Military accidents led to injuries where soldiers needed extensive facial reconstruction. Doctors from around the world, who were renowned for their plastic surgical skills, were called upon to help. This was when there was active sharing of plastic surgical knowledge.

Over time, doctors realized that there were some techniques that worked better than others. They discovered new chemicals which could be used as anesthesia to numb the patients during surgery. Soon, doctors started specializing in different types of facial reconstruction surgeries, leading to the development of surgical techniques for the facelift and the mini-facelift procedures.

Today, the facelift is one of the most sought-after treatments in the world. Patients with a medical requirement aren’t the only ones who’ll benefit from it. Anyone, who wishes to regain the health, youthfulness and beauty of their face, can choose to undergo a facelift.

Other Treatments

Brow Lift

This is a surgical procedure that is designed to reduce the droopiness of your eyebrows. You can also reduce the glabellar lines (lines between your eyebrows), with this surgery. Learn more about the brow lift.


Patients who wish to change the appearance of their nose or who have medical conditions like a deviated septum can choose to have the Rhinoplasty (nose lift). This surgery can also be designed to suit Asian faces.

Cheek Augmentation

If you have sagging cheeks and jowls, then the cheek augmentation treatment is a great way to plump-up your cheeks.

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Facelift FAQ

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

A full facelift can last for up to 15 years. A mini facelift, which address the mid-face region, typically last up to five years. Our plastic surgeon will be able to give an estimate based on the extent of your facelift procedure.

What is the Difference Between a Mini Facelift and a Full Facelift?

A mini facelift does not address the entire face, and is less aggressive than a full facelift, with reduced downtime and smaller incisions. A full facelift targets the entire face and is often necessary for patients who are living with the extensive signs of aging, including sagging skin, jowls, wrinkles, lines, creases, and a sagging jawline or fatty areas beneath the neck or on the upper neck.

Is a Facelift Procedure Painful?

The procedure is performed with the patient under anesthesia and no discomfort is associated with the surgery itself. Generally local anesthesia and intravenous sedation is used, but on occasion general anesthesia best suits the needs of the patient.

How Long Does the Recovery Period Last?

Swelling and bruising should abate within the first couple of weeks, and you should be able to return fully to normal activities after about four weeks. Full recovery and stabilization of the tissues can take up to a year, although results of a facelift will observable long before then.

When Should I Expect to See Results?

Results are fairly immediate, once the swelling and bruising has subsided, which is usually around two weeks after surgery.

Will There Be Visible Scarring?

Incisions are typically made within the hairline or around the natural creases of the ears so as to be unnoticeable after fully healing. Incisions are made to be as small as possible to reduce healing time and minimize scarring.

Will My Face Have a Pulled Look?

When your facelift is performed by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, using modern surgical techniques, your face should look naturally rejuvenated. The key is to lift the underlying musculature itself, which creates a more youthful appearance with results that last longer. A pulled unnatural look is the result of poor surgical procedure, just pulling the skin tighter, rather than addressing the underlying muscle structure. Dr. Kwak is a perfectionist and understands that no patient wants a facelift that looks strange and unnatural!

Can I Get the Same Results from a Non-Surgical Facelift?

While a non-surgical facelift can do wonders, it cannot produce the results of a surgical facelift. A facelift is still the leading procedure to reduce lines and facial folds and address sagging skin, drooping cheeks, jowls, and deeply etched lines and creases. Mild to moderate improvements can be seen with non-surgical procedures, but for those of you who are looking to address the more extensive signs of aging, a facelift provides the greatest results.

I Have Already Had a Facelift (from Another Doctor) and I’m Unhappy with the Results. Can It Be Corrected?

In most cases this can be corrected or revised to give you an appearance that you feel is more desirable. Dr. Kwak will assess the work that has been previously done and determine the best course of action to help you correct any aspects of the previous procedure, so you feel better about your appearance.

Why Choose Dr. Kwak for My NYC Facelift?

Dr. Kwak specializes in facial plastic surgery. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kwak focuses his professional skill on surgeries for face, head, and neck, and uses a precision approach, along with a depth of understanding that have led to his reputation for excellence in facelifts and other face and neck procedures.

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