What Is the Best Alternative to a Facelift?

Woman smiling with hand on face. (Model)

The facelift has long been considered the go-to procedure for signs of aging in the lower face and neck. However, its invasiveness and lengthy recovery times can be off-putting. That’s especially true for people seeking a moderate level of rejuvenation just beyond what nonsurgical treatments can achieve.

My signature Rejuvelift™ is designed to solve precisely this problem for my Brooklyn patients. It effectively addresses laxity in the lower face and neck without extending its corrections up to the midface. This minimizes downtime while still delivering exceptional results, making it an excellent option for those looking to turn back the clock by a handful of years.

In this blog post, I’ll explain how the Rejuvelift compares to a traditional facelift to help you decide whether this new approach to rejuvenation may be right for you.

What Is the Rejuvelift?

The Rejuvelift is a less invasive facelift alternative that rejuvenates the lower face and has a shorter recovery period than a traditional facelift. Rather than addressing the deeper tissues of the face from the neck up to the cheeks, the Rejuvelift focuses primarily on the jawline. By limiting corrections to this area, the procedure creates a noticeable improvement in your appearance while minimizing facial tissue trauma that requires a longer recovery.

What Does the Rejuvelift Address?

The Rejuvelift takes years off the face by addressing:

  • Jowls
  • Lower face laxity
  • Loss of jawline definition
  • Sagging neck skin
  • Stubborn fat on the lower face and neck

You can see real examples of results in my before-and-after photo gallery.

How Does the Rejuvelift Compare to a Facelift?

While the Rejuvelift can be an excellent facelift alternative for the right candidates, it isn’t right for everyone. These 2 procedures have a few key differences worth noting.


The Rejuvelift is performed while you are under local anesthesia and oral sedation, whereas a traditional facelift is performed while you are under general anesthesia. While both options are safe, general anesthesia typically has stronger side effects, such as grogginess and nausea, and takes a bit longer to bounce back from.


I perform Rejuvelifts here in my office and perform facelifts in either an ambulatory surgical center or hospital.

Procedure Time

Rejuvelifts typically take between 1.5 and 2 hours, whereas facelifts can take as little as 2 hours or as long as 4-plus hours.

Recovery Downtime

Most people return to work and social activities about 7 to 10 days after a Rejuvelift. After a facelift, most people have lingering bruising and swelling for 2 to 3 weeks. (Learn more about facelift recovery in this blog post.)

Treatment Areas

The Rejuvelift treats only the lower face and neck, whereas a facelift addresses the midface as well.

Longevity of Results

Neither procedure can stop the aging process altogether. However, facelifts typically turn back the clock by a few years more than the Rejuvelift, often up to a decade.


Because facelifts require general anesthesia fees, they typically have a higher price than Rejuvelifts.

Ultimately, the right approach for you depends on the severity of your aging and the nature of the results you’re looking for. If you would like to learn more about which facelift option will best bring your goals to life, please request a consultation online or call my Staten Island, NY, office at (718) 720-9400.

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