Face Lift FAQ

With more than 2 decades of experience specializing in plastic surgery, Dr. Cutolo has answered thousands of questions about facelift surgery in Staten Island. Brooklyn, Queens, and New York City women come to him for information and the beautiful results they seek. Please feel free to explore this page to find answers to common questions and prepare for your surgery.

If you still have questions, Dr. Cutolo would be happy to answer them during your consultation. We invite you to request a complimentary consultation online now or call  (718) 720-9400 to schedule an appointment.

Will a facelift correct my droopy eyes, crow’s feet, or wrinkled brow?

facelift addresses cosmetic concerns related to aging in the middle and lower portions of the face. For correcting the upper third of the face, you may want to consider a brow lift or eyelid surgery, sometimes referred to as an “eyelid lift.”

What’s the best age for a facelift?

No two people age alike. That is why age is not the primary determinant of a facelift. As an example, someone who smokes or has had a lot of exposure to the sun may be a good candidate for a facelift in her early 40s while someone who has taken good care of her skin and health may not need a facelift until her late 50s.

What is a “nonsurgical facelift”?

A facelift is a surgical procedure performed to create a more rested, youthful appearance with greater efficacy and longer-lasting results. Non-surgical means of facial rejuvenation, which some may refer to as a “nonsurgical facelift” or “liquid facelift,” involve muscle relaxants such as BOTOX® Cosmetic. Our Brooklyn Staten Island, and Queens facelift patients may also benefit from dermal fillers, including Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and RADIESSE®. Dr. Cutolo uses these non-surgical products to enhance facial volume and reduce frown lines, crow’s feet, fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. Results can provide remarkable enhancement, but a facelift produces a more comprehensive, longer-term solution.

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How long do facelift results last?

While a facelift cannot stop the aging process, it can improve your appearance for life. For example, if you have a facelift at 50, you will still look younger at 60 than you would have if you didn’t have a facelift.

Can I have another facelift if I have already had one in the past?

Yes, you can have a secondary facelift. Dr. Cutolo will have to evaluate you and your initial surgery to determine if you are a candidate for another facelift and to establish a treatment plan.

What if I’m mostly concerned about my neck and jawline?

Dr. Cutolo will use his proprietary Rejuvelift™ procedure to create a defined jawline and firm, youthful neck contour.

What does a facelift cost?

The cost of a facelift in the Brooklyn area depends on several factors, including the extent of the procedure, the experience and training of the plastic surgeon, and the geographic area where the practice is located. Rejuvelift, developed by Dr. Cutolo, generally costs less than a traditional facelift because it’s performed using local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. The procedure itself is also shorter.

Cost is a factor for most patients, of course, but it’s more important to choose a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon than to opt for the lowest cost for a procedure.

What is VECTRA®?

VECTRA 3-D imaging enables patients to see a realistic preview of the potential results of their facelift procedures. It is very popular with our patients.

Will people notice my facelift scars?

Dr. Cutolo makes facelift incisions in the natural creases around the ears and in the hairline, so that they are barely visible once they heal. Rejuvelift incisions are even smaller than those used for traditional facelifts. Incisions remain well-hidden even for patients who wear their hair short.

Will a facelift get rid of wrinkles or acne scars?

Facelifts do not affect skin quality, texture, or pigmentation. After the facial tissues are reshaped, the skin is smoothed over it, which reduces deep lines or folds. Fine wrinkles and surface concerns are better addressed with dedicated skin treatments.

When can I go out in public without looking like I just had facelift surgery?

After a traditional facelift, many people return to work and social activities in about 10 days. However, there may be some remaining bruising and swelling at this time. This resolves almost completely by about 3 weeks. The timeline for a Rejuvelift recovery is shorter by a few days.

How long will swelling and numbness last after a facelift?

This time frame varies from person to person. Most swelling typically resolves after 3 to 4 weeks and will continue to improve over the next few months. Some numbness is normally and typically fades during the first month or 2 following your surgery.

Are facelifts safe?

Like any surgery, a facelift carries some risks, including infection. The best way to keep your risk low is to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who operates in a fully accredited hospital or surgery center.

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