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Facelift Surgery


Over time, gravity and sun exposure take their toll on the face and neck, leading to facial skin laxity, lack of jawline definition, and jowls. Facelift surgery corrects these common signs of aging by tightening facial muscles, redistributing volume, and trimming away excess skin. Every patient is different; therefore, each requires a customized facelift to address his or her concerns and restore a more natural and youthful appearance. During your personal and comprehensive consultation with Dr. Sung, you will receive a facial rejuvenation plan tailored to your individual needs and desires. Our goal is not to create a “new face” for you but rather to restore your youthful face.

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A facelift is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed in an office-based facility, surgical center, or hospital. The surgery takes about two hours and can be done using either IV sedation or general anesthesia. Both methods involve repositioning facial tissue, SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) mobilization, trimming away excess skin, and tightening the remaining tissue and musculature. Fat grafting may also be used to restore youthful facial volume if necessary. The facelift technique depends on the patient’s facial structure and the extent of correction needed. Dr. Sung offers two facelift surgery techniques.

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Drains are removed the day after surgery, and any surgical clips and stitches are removed after one week of recovery. Patients can expect some swelling, numbness, bruising, and tension of the surgical site after facelift surgery. Most of these side effects resolve within three to six weeks, and changes in sensation typically normalize within a few months. Patients should avoid strenuous activity, direct sun exposure, bending, and lifting for up to six weeks.




It can take up to six months to completely heal from facelift surgery, at which point most, if not all, swelling and tingling should be resolved. Any scars that result from the procedure are hidden in inconspicuous locations, and they tend to fade over time. Because a facelift will not stop the natural aging process, the face will continue to age after surgery. However, patients who undergo facelift surgery will look noticeably younger and refreshed for many years. A facelift does not improve the appearance of the brow area, eyelids, and some parts of the mid-face. A patient who wants to improve those areas might combine their facelift with brow lift surgery, eyelid surgery, injectable fillers, fat grafting, or laser treatment.


Complications associated with facelift surgery are uncommon, especially when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. However, some of the risks of the procedure can include the following:

  • Changes in sensation
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Injury to nerves at or near the surgical site
  • Hematoma and/or seroma

To schedule your private consultation with Tribeca Aesthetics or to obtain more information about facial rejuvenation, please fill out the contact information and we will get started!

To schedule your private consultation with Dr. Jimmy C. Sung or to obtain more information about facelift surgery and other facial rejuvenation treatments, please call 212.452.2800.

International Federation from Adipose Therapeutics and Science
The Aesthetic Society
International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgeons
Americans Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons


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Tribeca Aesthetics

50 Laight Street
New York, NY 10013
United States


电话: (212) 452-2800