When Is It Time For A Facelift In NYC?


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Youth and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Facelifts are very personalized procedures, therefore, there is not an exact time frame for everyone when considering surgery. Every person ages differently and in different areas of the face. Furthermore, different aspects of themselves concern different people. The best thing to do first is: Look in the mirror and see what you would like to improve about yourself and consult with a doctor about what options are available.

Although there is no right age or time to consider a facelift, there are some general guidelines we can provide you with to make this process a little easier. Most people age from the top, down of their faces around their 30s. Visible signs might show on the forehead, upper and lower eyelids and brow line. The most common procedures for someone under the age of 45 are: eyelid surgery, brow lift and fillers or Botox.

An eyelid surgery rejuvenates puffy, sagging or tired looking eyes by removing excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. A brow lift will alleviate droopiness in the upper eyelids as well as unwanted forehead lines. Dr. Vitolo can perform a simple scarless brow lift that doesn’t take long to perform and the patient is back in their daily routine in just a couple of days. Filler and Botox are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce the dark circles under the eyes.

People in their 40s might start to notice sagging in the lower face, also known as jowling, around their jawline. A mid-facelift might be the most appropriate surgery option because it concentrates on the central and lower part of your face. In this procedure, the fat pads of the cheeks are repositioned on top of the cheekbones. While repositioning the cheeks pads, the droopiness around your mouth and jawline will subside as well, making you look 5 to 10 years younger. The incisions are carefully placed in hidden areas such as your hairline and behind the ear, in order to get the most natural results possible.

Generally speaking, the most appropriate time to get a full facelift is in your 50s. Around this age, people can begin to notice loss of volume in their face and deep facial lines and folds. Dr Vitolo uses minimally invasive endoscopic facelift techniques to reduce sagging and wrinkles without giving you a stretched appearance.

It’s not impossible but it’s also not advisable to wait until your 60s. People in their 40s or 50s are generally healthier and have less complications during anesthesia and surgery. Furthermore, you can enjoy the results of the surgery through your 60s and beyond, but you get an extra 5 to 10 years to enjoy it.

The longevity of your facelift also depends on other factors as well. Sun exposure and smoking can reduce the life span of a facelift just as these factors contribute to the aging process of a natural face. In order to have long lasting results, we recommend you to stay out of the sun or use high SPF face creams under sun exposure and avoid smoking. Not only will your face stay more youthful but you will be a healthier person over all, reducing the chance of cancer and other diseases associated with smoking.

Unfortunately we cannot reverse the process of aging, however, we can slow it down with various treatments and techniques such as the ones performed by accredited plastic surgeon, Dr. Vitolo. Dr. Vitolo and his team offer experienced and skilled facelift procedures by focusing on the needs of each patient to improve their overall experience, thus, leaving every patient feeling confident and satisfied. For more information, or to schedule a patient consultation, call 800.332.1067.

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