Considering a Facelift? What You Should Look For in a Facelift Surgeon

A cosmetic facelift can restore a feeling of youth, take years off your appearance, restore balance and enhance the contours of your face.  Combining a facelift (or rhytidectomy) with a neck lift (or platysmaplasty) is a common practice, with the tightening of the skin at the jawline and neck complementing the enhancements to your face.   Selecting the right facelift surgeon for you is the first step.  What should you look for when considering a plastic surgeon? 

With over 120,000 people choosing to have a cosmetic facelift each year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, narrowing down your options can be challenging.  The first thing you should research is the credentials of the facelift plastic surgeons you are considering.  

What certifications does the surgeon have? Make sure he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and look up any additional certifications.  See where he or she went to school and medical school. 

Where will the surgery take place?  Don’t be shy-ask questions to determine logistics and accreditations of the venue and of the team who will be providing your care.  Also, delve into the surgeon’s hospital privileges to gain more insight into their status and to feel secure in case of a medical emergency. 

Do you like the surgeon’s aesthetic? Visit their website and check out the before and after galleries to see if you like their work and to see if their artistry aligns with your vision. Read patient testimonials to get a clear sense of the experiences of people who have selected this surgeon and practice.  

Schedule a consultation.  An in-person conversation will validate that you’ve selected the right plastic surgeon for your facelift.  Take note everything of about your experience in the office, from the moment you enter the waiting room to engage with different members of the staff and conversation with the surgeon.  Bring your questions to ask the surgeon and be honest about your hopes and expectations.  Do you feel listened to?  Are you treated professionally and with compassion?  If you feel confident when you leave the appointment, you’ve found the surgeon who should perform your procedure. 

When considering a facelift in the New York City area, Manhattan-based Dr. Jennifer Levine is double board-certified through the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as well as triple Ivy League trained with two decades of experience.  Her knowledge and practice provide her a unique knowledge of the face and its underlying structures. 

With a philosophy that every individual has a right to natural results that enhance one’s appearance, Dr. Levine achieves “Believable Beauty” for her patients by working closely with each patient to create a customized treatment plan focusing on their desires and one-of-a-kind facial features. Dr. Levine is an expert in the latest surgical and non-invasive anti-aging techniques to give patients the look that they have always craved.  During your consultation, Dr. Levine will also offer non-surgical alternatives that you may want to consider, including a liquid facelift, Ultherapy or a combination of treatments.  Call 646.362.5245 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Levine. 

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