Facial plastic surgeon Yael Halaas, M.D. has developed a special facelift technique in New York City that addresses her patients’ most common concerns:

  • maintaining a natural, not overly-tight look
  • long-lasting results, significant improvements
  • avoiding general anesthesia, minimal downtime

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 re-positions 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.

Patient Testimonial: Mini Facelift and Neck Lift by Dr. Halaas

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Main Facelift Types

Mini Facelift

Performed under local anesthesia, mini facelift results often look very natural because Dr. Halaas will make small, targeted improvements rather than large changes. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Halaas opened the NYC office of Lifestyle Lift and performed hundreds of these procedures while creating and perfecting her own Local Lift.

Full Facelift

The full facelift addresses all of the face and neck, from mid-face through the neck. As the most common type of facelift, this addresses skin laxity, wrinkles, fine lines, and excess fat under the chin.


This procedure addresses mid-face down to the chin. It is ideal for a younger patient or the patient that has maintained elasticity in the neck and does not have excess fat below the chin.

Neck Lift

While not technically a facelift, a neck lift primarily addresses the skin and fat under the chin but can oftentimes tighten the skin along the jowels, lending a taught appearance to the lower face.

Anesthesia and Pain During Facelift

Unlike traditional facelift procedures, Dr. Halaas’s 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.

Facelift Recovery

Dr. Halaas puts an emphasis on safety while in surgery, and provides detailed post-op instructions in order to quicken 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 go back to work once the wrap can be taken off. All stitches are removed within 10-14 days.

Before & After Facelift in NYC

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Facelift Results

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 New York City facelift patients are highly satisfied with the final outcome. For women and men over 40, expect to age naturally following a facelift with Dr. Halaas without getting a weird or pooled look.

A Note for Men Who Consider a Facelift

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.

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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, and 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 “cheek lift”or the “neck lift”. When deciding between the procedures, consider with Dr. Halaas which areas need attention and how much downtime can be tolerated.

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. Most patients want a very natural look, and that means treating the face on many different levels. Aging of the face results from skin, muscle, and fat changes — and addressing each of them individually results in a natural look.

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.

How long will I be bruised?

Bruising is most severe the first two weeks, with dramatic improvement over the following weeks. In our practice, we encourage the patient to use a homeopathic regimen that we have found very effective in shortening recovery time.

I’m open to a facelift or facial plastic surgery, but want more opinions on skin tightening options to tighten my jowls and facial skin laxity in general.

An open and honest conversation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Halaas is incredibly important. Sometimes the sagging cheeks and early loose jowls can be corrected with volume replacement, better known as injectable fillers. As we age, we lose fat and volume from where we would like it and 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.

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