Facelift Facts in Albany, NY
Turn back the clock 10 or more years without looking overdone, overly pulled, or unnaturally tight.
Why Patients Choose Dr. DeLuca for Facelift Surgery
Dr. DeLuca’s facelift expertise is the result of more than two decades spent mastering techniques made famous by several of Manhattan’s most renowned facial plastic surgeons, including Dr. Thomas Reese, who he studied under during his fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital (MEETH). Without an equivalent level of technical expertise, it becomes very difficult for a surgeon to minimize scarring consistently, reduce the risk of complications, or encourage a more prompt recovery.
Dr. DeLuca has had 28 years of experience, and nearly 1,250 facial surgeries performed, as well as knowledge of traditional facelift surgery, short-scar, SMAS, and neck lift surgery. These important qualities enable his Albany, NY facelift patients to expect, with confidence, his consistency, and natural-looking results.
Types of facelifts performed at DeLuca Plastic Surgery include the following: Mini Lift, SMAS Lift, Deep Plane & Short Scar. There are several different types of facelifts. What differentiates one technique from another varies, including:
- Incision type
- Number of tissue layers lifted/affected
- Region of the face targeted for lifting
- Degree of invasiveness
Facelift Surgery FAQ
Age, sun exposure, genetics, and gravity are some of the factors among a host of others that may contribute to the shape, appearance, and texture of your face as you age. Common problems associated with facial aging include:
- Saggy skin and loose jowls
- Deep lines and coarse wrinkles
- A tired or aged appearance
The amount of tactics and procedures designed to help with these problems are staggering. They often range from basic skin-care potions and at-home facials to injectable treatments like BOTOX, chemical peels, and plastic surgery procedures like blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and facelifts. This procedure is designed to restore the soft facial tissues to a tighter and more youthful appearance. It is not simply meant to remove wrinkles, but also aims to restructure your facial features. The procedure moves and repositions tissue that has drooped down or settled into its original, youthful location and condition.
What Sets DeLuca Plastic Surgery’s Facelift Surgery Apart From the Rest?
The ultimate goal of a facelift surgery is a restoration of the relationships between the different tissues of your face— absolutely not the “tight” look that can result from overzealous repositioning. During the procedure, a gentle shift of the deeper connective tissue (often called the SMAS) will occur. This lies beneath the exterior dermis, thus re-suspending the soft areas of the jowls, cheeks, jaw, and neckline.
I have been a patient of Dr. DeLuca for over 10 years. During that time he has performed a face lift and other cosmetic procedures that have made me feel wonderful about myself. He is a very caring, compassionate physician, and I felt comfortable with him the moment I entered his office. Dr. DeLuca is an excellent plastic surgeon who I would recommend to anyone.
Now as a Grandmother, when my little granddaughter fell on the ice and broke open her chin, who do you think I told my daughter to call – without hesitation – DR. DELUCA.
– Diana S. / Botox & Facelift – Albany, NY
Because of my positive liposuction and breast augmentation experience, my Mom contacted Dr. DeLuca for a facelift and brow lift too. She was 68 years old at the time and also felt very comfortable with his professionalism and expertise in both areas.
It has been 3 years for my Mom and she is also very pleased with the results. Dr. DeLuca’s work was very natural looking and gave my Mom a rested look. Her recovery time was approximately six weeks and she had minimal pain during recovery.
I would highly recommend Dr. DeLuca and feel confident with his expertise in all of the above areas I mentioned. He is a very compassionate and knowledgeable physician.
– Andrea C. / Facelift Surgery
Clifton Park, NY
“SMAS” vs. “Short Scar” Facelifts
Initially, inconspicuous incisions are made behind the patient’s ear, wrapping around to the lobe and then the crease behind the ear. A “short scar” or “limited incision” facelift is a popular choice, as many patients are well-suited for it, and the scarring is minimal and limited to the earlobe area. While you may have heard the term “mini facelift,” this is not that procedure. It is a powerful medical technique for those suffering from facial and neck skin laxity. No matter what technique is used, the SMAS deep tissues are treated by tightening (SMAS plication facelift), by minimal removal and tightening (SMASectomy with plication facelift), or by the advancement of the deeper, supportive tissues as a composite (deep plane facelift). All of your options will be explained to you so that you and and the experienced staff at DeLuca Plastic Surgery can decide which technique is perfect together. No matter which approach you take, the facial fat will be carefully sculpted to restore a more youthful appearance.
Recovery After Facelift
Following your facelift surgery, mild discomfort is usually all that one experiences. If a fat transfer (autologous fat graft) or laser procedure is performed simultaneously with your facelift surgery, then the usual recovery period of two weeks may be extended slightly. Most stitches will be removed five days post-surgery, while stitches made at the hairline must stay put until 10 days later. If no strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, is involved in your job, work may be resumed in as early as seven to 10 days. However, Dr. DeLuca generally recommends that patients take 14 days, if possible, to rest and fully recuperate. Non-strenuous activity (stationary bicycling, light treadmill exercise, ellipticals, etc.) can be resumed seven to 10 days after the procedure, and more intense exercise may be resumed in three to four weeks.
For most facelift patients, it typically takes three months for all of the tissue adjustments and changes to be made during surgery to ‘settle’ and reach their final look and feel.
The Importance of Post-Procedure Care
Because a superlative facelift result requires superlative post-procedure care, Dr. DeLuca will meet with you several times during the first weeks and months that follow your facelift procedure. He will remain available to you 24/7, should you need him to address any questions that arise. As with all other cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. DeLuca, any and all follow-up visits are 100% free of charge. He is also happy to answer any questions that you may have by phone or email if you are not able to make it into the office.
I am writing to thank you and your team for your assistance in making an extremely important decision in my life with regards to my recent surgery. Your clear and concise explanation of the processes, procedures, and overall expectations were paramount in my making my final decision.
Each stage and post operation visits, in my opinion, were excellent experiences. I was surprised to experience no pain from this surgical procedure and followed your post op directions without deviation.
The transformation and final outcome was more than I expected and I am thrilled with moving forward having made this decision in my life. I spent time away with my daughter who assisted me with the post operation directions which was of great help, and I did not see my grandchildren during this time frame. The largest compliment, other than my sincere thanks would be from my grandchild, who when he first saw me surprisingly stated, “Memes, your face is brand new again.”
In closing, I again thank you for such diligent work and exceeding my expectations. I would certainly do it all over again without question!
– Valerie M. / Facelift + Neck Lift
Warrensburg, New York
Before and After Facelift Photos
In addition to the before and after facelift photos that have been uploaded to our online photo gallery, DeLuca Plastic Surgery also has several binders of facelift cases that he will show and discuss with you during your consultation.
Request a Free Facelift Consultation with Dr. DeLuca or Call DeLuca Plastic Surgery today at 518.724.2444.
I had been self-conscious about my double chin ever since I had my second child. Finally, in my sixties, I decided to do something about it. I had a modified facelift and upper & lower blepharoplasty. What a difference! I used to feel like the aging woman in the mirror wasn’t the real me. Now I actually enjoy putting makeup on again, even though I wear less. I get so many compliments like, “’Love your new haircut!” or “That color looks great on you.” The results are so natural that nobody suspects that I had work done, and I’m not about to tell!
Dr. DeLuca was very attentive at my initial consultation and I really felt like he cared about me as a person. I never felt rushed, and he answered all my questions. I asked about a brow lift, and he said I didn’t need one. His office staff is also personable and efficient. I always felt that I was in good hands.
Dr. DeLuca is not just an excellent surgeon; he is truly an artist. He not only lifted my sagging neck and chin line, but he also sculpted the contours of my cheeks to give me a more youthful appearance. I have no more bags under my eyes and no droopy eyelids. I am three months out from surgery, and although there is still just a little residual numbness, the look just keeps getting better. My scars are healing nicely, and are extremely well hidden. I couldn’t be happier.
– Joanne B. / Facelift + Blepharoplasty