Written by Dr. Halaas
Facial plastic surgeon Yael Halaas, M.D. has developed a special facelifting technique that addresses her patients’ most common concerns:
A facelift by Dr. Halaas is tailored to your areas of concern. From a mini facelift that can target the neck, the cheeks, or the jawline to a full facelift, her surgical skills and eye for aesthetics allow her to remove signs of gravity and aging. In surgery, she does not only nip and tuck the skin but repositions deeper muscle tissues back to their original place to make sure her facelift results last for many years. Scars are minimized, hidden in the hairline and behind/inside the ear.
Dr. Halaas completed an art history degree at Columbia University, New York, prior to medical school and she draws on that unique experience. “I respect the natural planes of the face and try to reach classic elements of beauty with my facelifts, customized for my patients’ individual needs,” she explains. Her meticulous attention to detail and dedication to providing patients with the best long term anti-aging solution has made her one of the top New York facial plastic surgeons. She combines the latest technology with advanced facelift surgery techniques to create long-lasting, natural results.
Call (212) 688-5955 or email us to set a time to see Dr. Halaas, who will examine your facial skin, listen to you, tailor a facelift procedure for you and make sure she can meet your expectations.
Dr. Halaas recently taught a Facelift Cadaver course at the AAFPRS annual meeting in San Diego, October 2019.
Unlike traditional facelift procedures, Dr. Halaas’ techniques usually do not require full anesthesia. Patients take Valium to ensure they will not feel any pain during the surgery. Like in a dental office, local shots numb the jawline and neck areas. You will stay awake during the procedure and if you feel any discomfort, additional sedation will be given to you. Twilight anesthesia is also available from our board-certified anesthesiologists in our AAAASF accredited surgical facility.
Dr. Halaas puts an emphasis while in surgery and in her post-op instructions on quickening the recovery time for her patients. All procedures are performed by Dr. Halaas in her NYC accredited surgical facility. Patients go home the same day with homeopathic prescription to reduce swelling and bruising and are seen by Dr. Halaas the next day. She will provide you with a light face wrap that needs to be worn for a week. You can wear your hair down and and go back to work once the wrap can be taken off. All stitches are removed within 10-14 days.
The final results of a facelift vary as there are several factors to consider – the type of facelift, the extent of correction necessary and the patient’s compliance during the healing process. In general, Dr. Halaas NYC facelift patients are highly satisfied with the final outcome. For women and men after forty, expect to age naturally following a facelift with Dr. Halaas, without getting a weird or pooled look.
For men, it is important that the procedure is done carefully and is designed to keep and enhance their face’s masculine features. Dr. Halaas, for example can recommend combining your facelift with neck liposuction to remove fatty deposits under the chin. Some male patients are offered a small chin implant to create a strong, youthful appearance, which can be done during the same procedure.
Q Which areas are targeted with a facelift?
Nowadays a facelift can mean many things. In all facelifts Dr. Halaas treats facial muscle, skin and fat. A traditional facelift involves removing the excess skin around the jowls, creating a smoother, more taught look to the face and neck, as well as improving overall appearance. Tightening the soft tissue of the face reverses the effects of gravity and restores a youthful contour. A good facelift enables your appearance to match your energetic attitude.
More importantly, a traditional facelift does not include the eyes, eyebrows and forehead. Today, targeted facelifts can mean rejuvenation of isolated areas. These targeted facelifts can mean less downtime and can be broken down to the “cheeklift”or the “necklift”. When deciding between the procedures, consider with Dr. Halaas which areas need attention and how much downtime can be tolerated.
Q Will it look natural?
After a full physical examination of your face and an in-depth consultation, Dr. Halaas will recommend a combination of procedures to create the right surgical plan for your face. Today most patients want the natural look and that means treating the face on many different levels. Aging in the face results from skin, muscle and fat changes and addressing each of them individually results in a natural look.
Q Does it hurt?
Actually, not really. Unlike chest or belly surgery where you can’t help, but move the incision every time you breathe or laugh, facial surgery is not really painful. Most patients will complain about the swelling and bruising but most do not report pain.
Q How long will I be bruised?
Bruising is most severe the first two weeks with dramatic improvement over the few weeks. In our practice, we encourage the patient to use a homeopathic regimen that we have found very effective in shortening recovery time.
Q I’m open to a facelift or facial plastic surgery but wanted more opinions on a variety of skin tightening options to tighten jowls and skin laxity in the face in general?
An open & honest conversation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Halaas is incredibly important. Sometimes the sagging cheeks & early loose jowls can be corrected with volume replacement, better known as injectable fillers. As we age, we lose fat & volume from where we would like it & seem to collect where we don’t! Fuller, higher cheeks are youthful and early jowls can be “hidden” with a small amount of filler.
Technology is always evolving. New laser and radiofrequency devices may also help with skin laxity. Share your concerns with Dr. Halaas and consider together different options to find the best treatment for your skin.