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What is a Facelift?

The face is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. As the years pass and skin lose its elasticity, we also lose facial volume, develop deeper wrinkles, and see the appearance of sagging jowls. This procedure tightens the skin and repositions underlying tissue to define the features, eliminate sagging jowls, and smooth wrinkles away. A facelift can take 8-10 years off the face, replenish lost facial volume, and achieve a renewed appearance.

Who is a candidate for a facelift?

Facelift patients are typically men or women between 40 and 60 years old, although this age range can vary. Ideal facelift candidates would like to achieve a dramatic facial rejuvenation, and they meet the following requirements:

  • They are in good health generally with no serious medical conditions.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Have moderate-to-severe skin laxity/sagging.
  • Have lost definition in the jawline and/or have prominent jowls.
  • Have sagging neck skin or fullness, including a double chin.
  • Have lost facial volume, causing sunken cheeks or other sunken areas.
  • Have realistic expectations about what this procedure can achieve.
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Benefits of Facelift Surgery?


A facelift procedure provides several benefits, including the following:

  • Correction of lower facial and neck laxity
  • Improved jawline definition, including eliminated jowls and double chin
  • Correction of sagging skin or muscle banding present in the neck, leading to a “turkey neck.”
  • Improvement of deep facial wrinkles and skin folds
  • Lifted skin and sculpted, refined facial features
  • Resolves many signs of aging in one procedure
  • Can turn back the clock as much as ten years
  • Scars are well hidden 
  • Overall natural rejuvenation of the lower face and neck
  • Increased self-confidence

Dr. Corrado created the C-Lift facelift procedure, which has helped countless patients achieve a more youthful and revitalized appearance. A more natural and lasting result is achieved by dealing with the descent of the deeper facial structures and the sagging and excess skin. The C-Lift facelift allows for extremely natural facelift results, preventing the classic “windswept” or “overdone” look feared by many prospective facelift patients. Via well-hidden incisions, the procedure will seek to “turn back the clock” by improving the most visible signs of aging.

Dr. Corrado customizes the procedure to meet each patient’s needs allowing you to look and feel more youthful, confident, and fresh. Other procedures such as a neck lift, brow lift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), fat transfer, facial/neck liposuction, dermal fillers, or laser resurfacing may be incorporated with the C-Lift facelift to create a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Corrado’s ability to create beautifully, natural facelift results has led patients to regard him as one of the top facelift surgeons in New Jersey.

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Types of Facelift Procedures

SMAS Lift

The SMAS Lift addresses the SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System), the muscle and connective tissue that support the underlying structures of the face.  As a patient ages, these deep tissue layers become lax. The SMAS facelift tightens these deep tissue layers in a natural fashion, preventing an “overdone” look.

Mini Facelift/ S-Lift

The mini facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift.  This procedure is typically performed on younger patients with early signs of aging, such as mild jowls or mild neck skin laxity. Patients with more severe signs of aging typically require a more extensive facelift procedure to address their needs. A mini-lift rejuvenates early signs of jowls and facial laxity and includes a shorter recovery period, which is why it has the nickname, “weekend facelift” or “lunchtime lift.”

Deep Plane Facelift

The Deep Plane Facelift addresses the deep layers of the face to smooth prominent nasolabial folds and a sagging midface. This procedure is similar to the SMAS facelift, but it addresses a wider range of underlying tissue that include the front part of the jowls and the folds around the mouth. The deep plane facelift releases four ligaments that tie and anchor the muscle and skin tissue. Thus the face is dramatically lifted and newly suspended.

Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift is a non-surgical procedure that rejuvenates the face with injectable treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers, and Kybella. These injectables are chosen to provide for your unique needs, restoring facial volume, reducing a double chin, defining facial features, and smoothing wrinkles. This type of facelift is a good option for patients who do not desire surgery to address their aesthetic concerns.

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What to expect during your facelift procedure

Before your procedure, Dr. Corrado will ask you to stop smoking and/or take any blood-thinning medications or supplements before your procedure, as these can interfere with your healing process during recovery. 

On the day of your surgery, your facelift procedure will begin with Dr. Corrado making surgical markings on your face in alignment with the surgical plan you agreed on during your consultation. Next, you will be given general anesthesia.

Once the anesthesia takes effect, incisions will be made in front of the ear. Dr. Corrado will make these precisely and carefully in order to minimize scarring and achieve a smooth appearance. From this point, the next steps of your facelift procedure will vary based on which type of facelift you are having. Typically, the underlying muscles and tissues will be tightened and repositioned to sculpt and contour your features, and the skin will be redraped over the new facial contours. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the incisions are closed.

Recovery after a Facelift


After your surgery, you will be able to return home with a friend or family member. Expect swelling and bruising during your recovery period, which will increase until the fourth day, then begin to diminish. Sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first week. Apply cold packs around your face and neck area for at least two days to help reduce swelling. 

You may shower and wash your hair after the first two days have passed. After the first week, you may resume driving if you’re comfortable, and you can wear makeup. There will be marked improvement in bruising and swelling after 10 days to 2 weeks.

After about two weeks, most patients can return to work and resume their usual activities. At 4-6 weeks, you can resume vigorous exercise.

Why choose Dr. Corrado? 

When choosing a surgeon for your facelift, remember that experience matters. When it comes to your face, it’s important to put your trust in a true specialist. A facelift is a challenging procedure that requires a keen understanding of facial aesthetics, extensive knowledge regarding facial aging, vast experience in facial anatomy, and an artistic sense to achieve a natural-appearing transformation.

As a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Corrado provides tremendous skill and expertise in facial and neck surgery. His practice philosophy hinges on patient safety and natural-appearing results.

For over a decade, Dr. Corrado’s focus has been solely on facial cosmetic surgery, emphasizing facelift surgery. He has lectured at national symposia and published articles in the medical literature on facelift surgery.

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FAQ

What procedures are commonly combined with a facelift?

A facelift can be combined with other procedures such as a neck lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, facial fat grafting, and non-surgical treatments.

What are the risks involved with facelift surgery?

Any surgery includes risks such as bleeding or infection, and this also applies to facelifts. These risks are rare with an experienced, double board-certified plastic surgeon.

How long does a facelift procedure take?

The time your procedure takes depends on which type of facelift you’re having. In general, the length is between 2-5 hours.

Will there be scarring?

Yes. Dr. Corrado uses skill and finesse to minimize and conceal scarring so that it is hardly noticeable.

Do I need a neck lift?

A neck lift may be necessary if you have significant jowls, fat deposits in the skin, or sagging and banding in the neck. This procedure can be performed as a part of your facelift.

When can I return to work after a facelift?

Most patients are able to resume sedentary work after 10-14 days.

How long will the results of a facelift last?

A typical facelift lasts for up to 15 years, longer in some cases. A mini facelift lasts for 2-6 years.

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