Rhytidectomy Surgery

Even with the best skincare and professional treatments, aging eventually takes its toll. Although there are plenty of options for rejuvenating the face for a more youthful and lifted look, the facelift remains one of the most transformative options available. For many decades, the facelift was associated with an unnatural, stretched look. Now, however, the facelift is more effective than ever at producing a younger version of you with state-of-the-art techniques and technologies from the best board certified plastic surgeons in Manhattan.


What is the Facelift?

The facelift, sometimes called rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to lift and rejuvenate the skin and underlying tissues of the face. Often, a natural result of aging is that the skin and tissues of the face become subject to gravity and a loss of elasticity, resulting in telltale folds and wrinkles. Even if you don’t feel like it, this can make you look older and more tired than you actually are. Using incisions and specialized sutures, a facelift can restore your facial profile to a younger look— by as much as one decade.

Facelift Candidates

The best candidates for a facelift are those who have significant signs of aging in the face that don’t respond to non-surgical treatments. Areas that a facelift can address include the nasolabial folds, sagging fat in the cheeks and jowls, and sagging skin in the chin and neck. It’s important that you’re in good overall health and able to undergo surgery, so Dr. Diktaban will go over your medical history during a consultation.

What Happens During a Facelift?

A facelift is performed under cocktail or general anesthesia at our certified, in-house facility. It begins with a predetermined incision, usually in front of or behind the ear, with extensions into the hair if needed. If you only require a little correction, the incision can be smaller than a full facelift. After an incision is made, Dr. Diktaban can use specialized techniques to lift and tighten the underlying muscles and tissues of the face, restoring them to a more upright position. Additionally, fat can be restored to a more youthful profile on the face. Once complete, any excess skin is trimmed away, and the incisions are closed and made ready for recovery.

Results and Recovery

You can expect about one to two weeks of downtime after your facelift procedure. During this time, you can expect some swelling and discomfort which can be managed with prescribed medications. You may not feel comfortable returning to public within the first few weeks, which is normal. It’s important to avoid strenuous activities and using your normal skincare products, and Dr. Diktaban will provide instructions on the right recovery timeframe for you. You should also sleep with your head elevated to avoid more swelling and pooling. You’ll begin to see your final results emerge within the first few months, and can enjoy a more rejuvenated and youthful version of yourself.


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Cocktail Anesthesia

Cocktail anesthesia is Dr. Diktaban’s preferred tool for ensuring your procedure is relaxing and low-risk. Dr. Diktaban has used cocktail anesthesia for surgical procedures for over 10 years with resounding success. Patients are safe and comfortable during the entire procedure. It is predictable and consistent for men and women of all ages. There are no IVs or any tubes down your nose or throat. Patients describe the experience as “floating comfortably”. Patients are even allowed and instructed to have a light breakfast before coming to the office for their procedure. The cocktail anesthesia entails the ingestion of a few pills followed by two medicine injections into the arm. One big advantage with cocktail anesthesia is that during body contouring procedures, the patients are able to turn their body into different positions that enables Dr. Diktaban to sculpt their bodies in an enhanced manner. The following list of procedures can be performed under cocktail anesthesia: browlifts, facelifts, eyelid lifts, necklifts, liposuction, BBLs (buttock enlargement), fat transfer to the breasts, breast lifts, FaceTite, AccuTite, and BodyTite.  Learn more about how cocktail anesthesia can transform your surgical experience during your consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

The facelift remains the gold standard in facial rejuvenation. To meet with our facelift specialist and board certified plastic surgeon, contact our Manhattan office by calling or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does facelift last?

A facelift cannot stop the process of aging, but it can rewind your facial profile by as much as ten years. Many patients only require one facelift and can maintain their results for years to come with mini-surgical treatments and skincare products.

What is best age for facelift?

There’s no specific age at which it’s best to get a facelift since everyone ages at different rates. That being said, most facelift patients are within 50-60 years old since the rate of aging at this timeframe tends to outpace results from mini-surgical facial rejuvenation options. It’s always best to undergo a facelift when your skin elasticity is still good.

Will I have scars after a facelift?

Any surgical procedure will produce scars. However, Dr. Diktaban takes great care to place incisions within the natural contours of the face and hairline so that they’re unnoticeable. If scarring is a concern, Dr. Diktaban can recommend your best options for scar treatments after your facelift.

Can I combine other procedures with my facelift?

Yes! It’s common to address multiple areas at once during a facelift procedure. Some common accompaniments are the eyelid lift, neck lift, or brow lift for all-around rejuvenation of your face.

How can I maintain my facelift results?

An effective anti-aging regimen is a must when it comes to maintaining your facelift results. This can include physician-grade skincare products to use at home, as well as occasional professional skincare treatments. Our team can create the right maintenance plan for you after your facelift in Manhattan.

Does a facelift make you look younger?

Making you look younger is the goal in having a facelift procedure. To restore your face by turning back the clock.

How long after a facelift can I exercise?

For the most part, you will not be exercising for the first 2 weeks. After the first 2 weeks, the exercise regimen will be dictated by the intensity of your exercise routine.

How much does laser face lift cost?

Just doing a laser facelift can cost $5000-$7000.

How much is a face lift and neck lift?

The cost varies significantly by the scope of work and the type of technique used to address the aging face and neck. An estimate can run from $9000-$25,000.

How much is a facelift?

The cost varies significantly by the scope of work and the type of technique used to address the aging face and neck. An estimate can run from $9000-$25,000.

What is a non surgical facelift?

A nonsurgical facelift could include the use of fillers to restore volume, applying external heat to contract your skin or the use of threads to pull up the hanging soft tissues.

How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?

Following a facelift, you can reduce inflammation by using cold compresses, keeping your head elevated, staying hydrated, and resting as much as possible.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

Most people can expect recovery from their facelift to be 4 to 6 weeks.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.