Facelift New York

Has the mirror become your enemy? Are sagging jowls and a disappearing chin making you look old before your time? You feel good but look tired. You used to light up the room, but now – not so much. You need a change!

Patients considering facelift surgery in New York want defined cheekbones, a smooth neck, and a prominent jaw. They wish to avoid the visible scars that often remain with incisions. Other consequences may include hair loss around the temples, an unnatural hairline, and an altered shape of the tragus (the cartilage that covers the ear canal).

Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj can deliver what many residents of New York and New Jersey seek – a youthful appearance.  As a  Top Facial Plastic Surgeon in New York, Dr. Slupchynskyj has developed techniques that can help you regain a more youthful face. He is committed to helping you return your self-confidence that comes with a subtle and natural change.

“Dr. S. is a very talented surgeon and I feel fortunate to have found him. There are hardly noticeable fine lines in the ear area after three weeks and they will fade more, I am sure. I feel so much better about myself and I love the compliments. When a person feels better about herself, she has more confidence and subsequently is more outgoing and personable. Thank you, Dr. S.” —C. G., Endicott, New York

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a procedure in plastic surgery that strives to provide a more youthful appearance to the patients face. This procedure’s aim is to reshape the lower half of the face by removing any excess facial skin.

A facelift can tighten loose skin that hangs around the jaw creating a “jowl” effect. It can remove deep creases around the mouth, nose, and chin along with excess skin that hangs in these areas.

A rhytidectomy is usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia.

The procedure may tighten underlying tissue and can be done concurrently with other procedures to enhance forehead, brows, cheeks, and eyelids.

The facelift surgery is one of the more popular cosmetic procedures in New York and around the United States. In 2016, 107,261 women and 13,702 men had a rhytidectomy.

How a Successful New York Facelift Works

A facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure may require a traditional technique, a limited incision, or a neck lift. The technique depends on the patient’s aging and skin laxity.

  • The incision for a traditional facelift starts at the hairline near the temples, moves around the ear flap and stops at the lower scalp.
  • A limited incision starts at the temples and continues around the ear. But it can also include incisions in less visible spaces, like the upper lip or under the lower eyelids.
  • The neck lift incision starts at the temples, goes around the outer ear, and ends in the lower scalp.

Dr. Slupchynskyj re-drapes the skin to smooth out the wrinkles, and then uses sutures to close the incision. In some cases, Dr. Slupchynskyj may remove or redistribute fat in the face, jowls and neck to achieve a smoother appearance.

Your New York Facelift Consultation

In your New York facelift consultation, Dr. Slupchynskyj will listen to your expectations and concerns for the procedure. He will perform a thorough physical examination and tell you what he recommends for your facelift procedure and why.

He will listen to questions about your facelift, and give you sufficient time to ask them.

He will show you before and after pictures of New York facelift patients with facial features like yours. You will see results from New Yorkers who asked the same questions and had the same concerns as you. Here you will get a better idea of what can and cannot be done, leaving you with a reasonable expectation of your individual facelift outcome.

He will explain the surgical procedure of a facelift, how it will be planned with your unique face in mind, and what can be expected before and during your facelift procedure. He will explain your healing period and what you can expect in recovery.

It is important that both you and Dr. Slupchynskyj agree with the processes of your facelift surgery so you will reach attainable goals and a satisfactory appearance.

New York plastic surgeon Dr. Slupchynskyj believes a well-informed patient is in the best interest of a successful facial rejuvenation experience.

Signs of Poor Incision Placement

Incision placement is crucial for a successful facelift procedure. Subtle but visible signs of poor incision placement can alter any improvements made with other aspects of the procedure. Among the effects of poor incision placement are:

  • Loss of hair around the temples
  • Loss of “sideburn” hair
  • Visible incisions in front of the ear flap
  • Visible incisions behind the ear flap
  • Loss of earlobe definition
  • Long, attached earlobes (known as “Pixie Ear”)
  • “Webbed” skin behind the ear flap
  • Posterior hairline “step-off”

All of these issues, with the exception of the loss of “sideburn” hair, require Revision Facelift Surgery to correct. The loss of “sideburn” hair requires a hair transplant or other hair replacement procedures to correct.

Improved Pre-Incision Technique for New York

In traditional facelift procedures, the patient lays back while the surgeon marks the incision sites. Dr. Slupchynskyj prefers to mark the sites while the patient is in a seated position, thereby showing a more accurate determination of how the sites will reflect changes due to gravity. The hair is not trimmed to ensure no hair loss from inadvertently cutting hair follicles during the surgery. The hair is carefully parted and secured using clips to allow maximum preservation of all hair.

In addition, the hair tuft (sideburn) is never included in the incision. This ensures the temple hair, or the hair tuft is never pulled back leaving obvious bald areas.

How to Prevent Pixie Ear

One of the consequences of a poor incision occurs when a surgeon removes too much skin at the earlobe and reattaches it to the jawline. After surgery, the earlobe becomes stretched, resulting in a condition known as pixie ear. This can be prevented by placing an incision near the earlobe prior to suturing facelift incisions. This incision allows a surgeon to recreate the earlobe close to its original position.

High vs. Low Incisions

With many traditional facelift procedures in New York, the incision moves around the ear and goes up to the hairline (high incision). A lower incision line can prevent much of the scarring and after effects of this technique. Instead of a vertical incision that moves up the hairline, Dr. Slupchynskyj makes a horizontal incision at the edge of the sideburn tuft which reaches no higher than the top of the ear (low incision). This horizontal incision is only near the hair follicles, which ensures no hair loss due to the inadvertent cutting of the hair follicles.

Female vs. Male Facelifts

Dr. Slupchynskyj sees several male patients in New York who are interested in improving their appearance. The incidence of facial hair in males can cause issues with the final results of any facelift procedure, as well as with any post-surgical scarring. Many New York surgeons opt to make an incision behind the tragus and pull the beard onto the tragus, all the way up to the region in front of the top of the helix (outer shell at top of the ear). Dr. Slupchynskyj never performs a post-tragal incision, as this will lead to a tell-tale sign of a facelift when the tragus is pulled forward from scar contracture.

Correcting Poor Facelift Incisions

An unfortunate side effect of poor facelift incisions is the resulting skin tension that makes it extremely difficult to correct such problems immediately. A Revision Facelift Surgery cannot take place until the skin has relaxed to a point. The incisions for the revision procedure must hide the scarring from the first procedure, as well as disguise the scarring from the follow-up surgery. Hair loss is often remedied with hair plugs or transplants, but these procedures cannot occur until after the skin has settled.

Although the focus of the Facelift process is to improve the appearance of the neck, jaw, and mid-face areas, patients should also be aware of the cosmetic prognosis of the incision sites. The scarring, hair loss, and unnatural appearance of the ears after a poor facelift can negate much of the effort and preparation that went into the procedure.

Below are Before (left side) and After (right side) photos of several of Dr. Slupchynskyj’s New York patients, all of who underwent the minimally invasive SLUPlift™ procedure with pre-auricular incisions. The difference among the patient photos are: a) patient age and b) number of weeks or months post-surgery, both of which are detailed for each patient facelift before/after photo.

Before and After Sluplift™

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“I was referred to Dr. Slupchynskyj through two separate women who had had the SLUPlift and were very happy with their outcomes. I saw them first hand and could see why they were happy. They looked younger and fresher without looking pulled and fake. I booked an appointment and from the first meeting, I was happy. I felt respected, my needs were considered and my many questions were answered. I scheduled my appointment and went ahead with the procedure. I was back at work within days and found my follow-up care with the doctor extraordinarily professional and caring. I called with a concern and he got right back to me and answered my questions. I am very very happy with the result and would recommend his work enthusiastically.” —M. S., Morganville, NJ

Why Dr. Slupchynskyj?

New York native Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj graduated from Fordham University, where he was the president of Emergency Medical Services. There, he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, was awarded the M. Passarelli Science Award, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He finished in the top ten percentile of his New York Medical College class.

He is double board-certified and a diplomate with the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has been published extensively, and has broad favorable press exposure. He focuses his practice on facial cosmetic treatments, surgical and non-surgical, and is the New York’s go-to facial aesthetic surgeon.

“Amazing! Truly amazing. I love it. Again, totally unbelievably fantastic results. I know a few friends that want to have it done as well and Dr. S. is definitely the man to do it.” —R. V., New York, New York

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