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A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to provide a more youthful, refreshed, and rejuvenated appearance to the lower face and neck. A facelift is somewhat of a misnomer as it only addresses the lower face, neck, and sometimes the midface. It improves the jawline, reduces jowling, and enhances the skin laxity and banding in the neck.

Everyone wants a natural result without that pulled or windswept look. People’s faces and necks age differently. You may have read or heard about different types of facelifts. The minilift, weekend lift, or lunchtime lift are some examples. These different trendy names and techniques are simply marketing tools and do not delineate exactly what this lift will do for you. It is essential to be evaluated by a trained professional facial plastic or plastic surgeon who can determine what type of lift is best for your particular case. A patient with prominent neck bands and a very obtuse neck angle would not benefit from a simple mini lift, but rather this patient needs a more extensive face and neck lift to obtain his/her aesthetic goals. Ultimately, you and your surgeon should see eye to eye and agree upon what is most important to you during the facial rejuvenation process.


Patients will achieve a smoother neck, and less wrinkles on their neck and lower face.  They will also experience a smoother jawline and improvement of jowls and in some cases the only treatment for the lower face is face/necklift.  A facelift is one of few interventions that can take 10-15 years off your age.


In contrast to the complete facelift or face and neck-lift, the mini facelift is a procedure for patients with mild to moderate signs of facial aging. A mini facelift or short scar facelift will mainly address and tighten the jawline and correct jowling.  Patients with mild neck skin laxity will also benefit from this type of facelift. However, those patients with significant neck skin fat, laxity, banding, or heaviness will likely require a full face and neck lift.


Although there are different iterations or variations of a facelift that Dr. Kalsow can provide to his patients, there are common approaches across each liposuction procedure.  Most facelift procedures will follow this approach:

  • The goal of a facelift (also known as a Rhytidectomy) is not to change your image or visage, but to obtain a natural, rested and more youthful appearance to your face. At his Manhattan office, Dr. Kalsow will analyze your face and assess the type of facelift that would benefit you most to give the most aesthetic, natural, and long-lasting result. Dr. Kalsow uses advanced techniques to customize the face lift that is right for your face. He also uses advanced technology to minimize bruising and reduce recovery and downtime.
  • You may notice jowling (droopy jowls along the jawline) or that your jawline is not quite as sharp and defined as in the past. There are bands coming down your neck from your chin and there is lax skin in the neck. The angle of your neck has become more obtuse and less defined. A good test to see if the look of a face and neck lift appeals to you is to take a hand mirror and lay down flat in bed. Look at your jaw line and neck in this position and this may give you a better idea of what a facelift can do for you.

Frequently asked Questions:

The type of facelift or neck lift you may require will depend on your anatomy, how your face and neck have aged, and your desires.  Most of Dr. Kalsow’s facelift patients are in their late 50’s or 60’s and have significant neck laxity, jowls, and sometimes muscle banding in the neck. Therefore, Dr. Kalsow typically performs a deep plane facelift with a vertical vector and may address the neck muscle and fat depending on the severity of the anatomy there.

A facelift should result in a natural, un-operated appearance that enhances your current facial features. A facelift improves jowling, skin laxity, deep wrinkles and folds, and enhances the jawline. A facelift in which the vectors are pulled straight back without a vertical component may result in a windswept or pulled appearance?

If you are 50 or 60 years old, it is unrealistic to think that your face will appear as it did at the age of 25 or 30. You likely also do not want to appear this way as it may look unnatural or operated. A facelift, performed properly and tailored to the specific needs of your face and neck, should enhance your facial appearance by about 10-15 years.

Dr. Kalsow’s facelifts typically last approximately 12 years before a small touch up may be needed. Nevertheless, your face and neck will appear more refreshed and enhanced 12 years after your facelift, than they did before your facelift.

Many patients are simply interested in improving the appearance of their neck.  Whether the is significant neck skin laxity or banding of the muscles, most patients simply want a neck lift and not a facelift.  The issue is that suspending the neck muscles to the bone behind the ear will leave significant redundant skin in the area in front of the ear and not address the jawline or any jowling.  The skin and soft tissues simply do not drape appropriately when we only do a neck lift in someone typically over than 50.  If Dr. Kaslow finds that the only issue is muscle banding or simple skin laxity, a neck lift may be appropriate but in most patients in their 50’s, a facelift is necessary.

A facelift or neck lift is typically thought of as a surgery for women, but today more and more men are interested in neck lifts to address their neck, submental fullness, or double chin. Men who are over 55 typically will need a neck lift to address the excess skin and muscle laxity of the neck.

A neck lift for a male is different than that for a female. Close attention must be placed on incisions to assure that the hair bearing skin is not brought onto the ear cartilage so that the patient will not need to shave his ear after a neck lift. In addition, it is important not to feminize the male face when performing a neck and facelift.


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