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Facelift FAQ

Facelift surgery has long been considered the gold standard of facial plastic surgery. When performed by Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus, a facelift helps Long Island men and women refresh their looks and enjoy a younger, natural-looking appearance. To help patients better understand the facelift process, our surgeons have compiled a list of answers to questions they hear most frequently from their facelift patients.

If you're considering facelift surgery at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, request a consultation online, or give our office a call at (631) 424-3600.

How long is the recovery for a face lift?

At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery on Long Island, facelift surgery is highly customized, and specific recovery times can vary from patient to patient. Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus will give you a more specific timeline prior to your surgery, but most patients are comfortable out at dinner within 2 weeks of surgery.

In general, swelling and mild bruising are normal following a face lift, and these symptoms will diminish greatly within 2 weeks of surgery. Many patients only need prescription painkillers for a couple of days following surgery, at which point they are able to switch to over-the-counter drugs. Our surgeons recommend that their facelift patients avoid activities which may raise their blood pressure, and to practice strict sun protection habits during the healing process.

How much does a face lift cost?

It's impossible to quote a price without knowing the extent and the details of an individual's face lift. At our Long Island practice, each face lift is personalized to the unique needs of the patient, so a consultation is necessary to determine cost. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, our pricing is competitive with other highly accomplished plastic surgeons in the area – we're not the cheapest and we're not the most expensive. Be sure not to let price factor too heavily into your choice of surgeons; sometimes the adage "you get what you pay for" is all too true with plastic surgery. Our staff will provide you with a complete quote at your consultation.

When can I go to the gym?

Plan on staying out of the gym for at least 2 weeks because activities that raise your blood pressure can cause complications and prolong healing time. Light activity, such as walking, is encouraged at 1 week.

Where will I go for my facelift?

Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus perform most surgical procedures in our accredited, on-site surgical center. We believe that having an on-site operating room facilitates a safer and more comfortable patient experience. We use only board-certified anesthesiologists and specialized plastic surgery nurses to ensure the best possible care.

What will my scars look like?

The good news is that over the last decade, facelift incisions are now shorter and more discreet than ever. Most facelift surgeries involve an incision made along the hairline, which results in a discreet scar that usually undetectable no matter how you wear your hair. During the initial healing process, the incision will heal and fade as it changes color from red or pink to white. If the appearance of your scar needs some help after the typical recovery time has elapsed, we offer a variety of topical scar treatments or laser scar treatments to lessen its appearance.

How long will my results last?

Most patients don't come back for a "touch-up" facelift for 8 to 10 years or longer. Though facelift surgery does not halt the aging process, there are some things patients can do to preserve their results for as long as possible. By maintaining a steady weight, abstaining from smoking, and practicing good sun protection habits, the results of your face lift can last for many years.

Some patients choose to undergo a second face lift after several years have passed. Other people choose to maintain their look with the help of laser skin rejuvenation, BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. Dr. Romanelli, Dr. Pincus, and their staff are committed to helping you maintain your refreshed youthful look for the long term!

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