As the most effective procedure for facial rejuvenation available to modern science, it’s no surprise that the facelift is among the most common cosmetic surgeries performed each year. And at around $15-20k for an operation, it makes sense that people considering facelift surgery in Manhattan, New York City, are keen on knowing how long the effects will last. Well, the short answer is typically anywhere from 10-15 years, but the answer you’ll hear from almost all of our patients is “a lifetime.”

If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that Dr. Konstantin is among the foremost facial plastic surgeons in New York City, and facial rejuvenation is his specialization. To him, a face is a canvas upon which beauty is given life, and he uses his expertise to elevate your once taut canvas into a living work of art. And just like art, the canvas will continue to age while its value increases in the eyes of the beholder—or in this case, the eyes of your peers. If you can be happy among them, you can be happy for a lifetime.

What is the best age to have a facelift?

There is no pre-determined age for facelift surgery. If, after trying different serums, masks, injections, and other anti-aging remedies, you’ve come to a point that you’re looking for a more permanent solution, that’s when a facelift is the appropriate next step. Not because you want to look the way you did in your twenties, but because you want to look the best you possibly can for your age. After all, you wouldn’t pit works of art from separate schools against each other; you appreciate them all the same—and then secretly confide in your peers about how your class is, of course, the best class. You can read more about the perfectly timed facelift in this related blog post.

Surgical Advances Improve Facelift Longevity

Indeed, those of you lucky enough to be among today’s class of cosmetic and plastic surgery recipients benefit from truly being the best. Thanks to advancements in surgical techniques, a facelift today is tremendously more effective than procedures of the past. Dr. Konstantin, who specializes in the SMAS facelift technique (among others) in New York City, can perform an entire operation in 2-3 hours that will often last upwards of 15 years given proper postoperative care. Compare that to the facelifts of yore, which took much longer and typically lasted only 3-4 years.

It’s easy to see how anyone who takes advantage of these new techniques is eternally grateful for what they can accomplish. Older techniques relied solely on the tightening of the skin for facelift procedures. In contrast, the SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) technique targets both the skin and a deeper layer of tissue, to achieve a more natural-looking, long-lasting rejuvenation. While cosmetic surgery cannot stop the natural process of aging, it can reset the clock, so to speak, by 10-15 years, and the results will be evident for a lifetime. You can see some of our patients’ satisfying facelift results in our before-and-after photos.

The experience of plastic surgery is a permanent one, reaffirmed with every passing smile or comment from strangers and peers alike, who wonder, “How could we possibly be the same age?” The answer then, no matter if it’s the first year after or the twentieth, is simply, “I had a facelift.” You’ll soon find out, as almost everyone does, that one facelift from Dr. Konstantin is all it takes to make you a work of art worth praising. Great art looks both older and more beautiful with time, and so should you. 

If you’re ready to explore your facelift options with an experienced facial plastic surgeon in Manhattan, request a consultation online or call our office at (212) 380-3634.


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