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The surge in men and women getting a facelift around Central New Jersey, Philadelphia & Bucks County, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York, has caught the eye of a discerning public. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces. Facelift surgery is designed to address moderate to deep facial wrinkles and reduce or eliminate the more obvious signs of aging. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens, sagging can occur in the mid-face, deep creases below the lower eyelids, also along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, loss of muscle tone in the lower face can create jowls, and folds and excess fat deposits appear on the neck creating a double chin even in a person of normal weight.

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If you've been considering a facelift or another cosmetic procedure, please request a consultation online, or call Dr. Schrader's office at 609-279-0009.

Facelifts counteract these problems by removing fat and tightening skin and muscles, giving your face a fresher, and youthful look. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places such as behind the hairline and in natural folds of the face and ears. The scars fade to near invisibility in time. Facelifts do not change your fundamental appearance. After facial surgery, some patients appear 10-15 years younger.

Facelifts cannot stop the aging process but the results will be lasting for years. A healthy lifestyle, with life-long sun protection, will help to extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

What is the right age a facelift?

As with many other cosmetic procedures, the "right age" for a facelift is different for everybody. Factors such as environmental exposure and heredity cause each of us to age in different ways and at different rates, which is why I approach every facial rejuvenation patient as an individual.

Most people feel that they're ready for a facelift sometime in their 40s or 50s, but the procedure can also be performed earlier or later than that. Patients whose facial aging is mild may be satisfied with the results of non-surgical med spa services such as BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Many factors go into determining whether a patient is eligible for facelift, and age is only one of them. In general, I look at the overall health of the patient, his or her degree of facial aging, and his or her desired goals before developing a suitable plan of action.

How much does a facelift cost?

Facelift surgery is highly customizable, so it's difficult to offer an accurate quote over the Internet. I strive to keep my rates competitive with other plastic surgeons in central New Jersey without sacrificing my patients' safety or results. When you come in for a consultation, I carefully evaluate your areas of concern, and my team provides you with a written quote that reflects the procedures and techniques we discussed during your consultation.

Can I combine a facelift with other procedures?

Absolutely. A traditional facelift is designed to address aging in the lower two-thirds of the face, so patients who are also bothered by noticeable aging in the upper face often add eyelid surgery or forehead lift surgery to their facelifts. These procedures can create an alert, refreshed appearance around the eyes and forehead, and they can be performed at the same time as facelift surgery. Facial liposuction or fat transfer may also be added to facelift surgery to adjust the volume and contours of the face, either by adding volume to hollow areas or reducing a double chin, for example. And non-surgical services can also be part of a complete facial rejuvenation plant.

I enjoy working with patients throughout the decision-making process to help them choose the procedures that give them the beautiful, comprehensive results they want.

How long does it take to recuperate after a facelift?

Many of my facelift patients are pleased to discover that the recovery period following facelift surgery is not excessively uncomfortable. Soreness and swelling are to be expected and are manageable with prescribed medication, and some people complain of itchy incisions.

However, the surgery often creates a lot of bruising, so even if you feel physically well enough to go out, you may not be comfortable with your appearance. Most of my facelift patients are able to resume their typical activities after about 2 weeks. At this point, sutures are removed and any residual bruising can be concealed with makeup. Prior to surgery, I give each patient a detailed outline of what to expect after a facelift. Your own recovery may vary depending on the details of your surgery.

Dr. Schrader has 10 years experience, over 6 years in private practice in the New York area and performed hundreds of facelift surgeries and other cosmetic procedures.

Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. Choosing a good facial plastic surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who:

  • Is trained and experienced in all facial plastic surgery procedures
  • Operates only in accredited medical facilities
  • Adheres to a strict code of ethics
  • Is board certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)

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