ABOUT Face Lift

Turn Back the Clock with a Face Lift That Delivers Stunning Results

Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S performs face lift surgery at his Long Island, NY, practice, serving Manhattan and the greater New York City area, to help patients look rested and rejuvenated. Now serving Boca Raton, FL

Face lifts are performed on patients as they age to restore a youthful look. In general, a face lift will lift your sagging cheeks, help to eliminate jowls, and remove the redundant skin and fat from the neck. Face lifts will correct and tighten both the skin and deeper muscular layers of the face. Unfortunately, nothing stops the aging process – not even a face lift, but a face lift can turn back the aging process by 10 years. Face lifts improve the visible signs of aging by removing the excess fat, tightening the muscles, and removing the extra sagging skin from your face and neck. Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S performs face lifts alone or in conjunction with eyelid surgery, laser surgery or other cosmetic procedures. Face lift surgery can make you look younger, but will not give you a totally different look. Dr. Greenberg strives for a natural look to the face with all face lift surgeries performed at his Long Island practice.

Achieve a Younger Appearance Through Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Greenberg is passionate about making the appearance of your nose look very natural following a rhinoplasty procedure. If you have a bump on your nose, it sticks out too far, or a tip that’s full or bulbous, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. Stunning results can be achieved with very minimal recovery or downtime.


If You Are Considering A Face Lift

Face lifts are surgical procedures to rejuvenate the face.

A Face Lift is best for:

  • Those who have deep creases and redundant skin between the nose and mouth
  • Patients with jowl formation
  • To give an uplift to the lower or mid face
  • To restore the natural contour of the neck

Face Lift Consultation

Dr. Greenberg will review the entire face lift procedure with you and provide a cost estimate during your initial face lift consultation. He will determine which type of lift, like mini facelift, will be most beneficial for your individual facial structure. Dr. Greenberg will also review various options and other cosmetic procedures that may be performed at the same time as your face lift. At times, an eyelift, brow lift, or laser procedure can be performed at the same time in order to obtain the most outstanding result possible. Restylane, Botox or other substances can often be utilized to obtain even better results for face lifts. Our full time esthetician will also review a comprehensive skin care program with you at the time of your face lift consultation.

Your Face Lift Surgery

Dr. Greenberg individualizes the facelift procedure to each patient, depending on your skin tone and bone structure. Dr. Greenberg believes strongly in a “natural” look, not a face that is “pulled too tight”. The actual facelift procedure takes a few hours, and you will be able to go home with a nurse or with a family member after you have rested in recovery. The incision for a facelift is usually well-hidden and fades away nicely over time.

Face Lift Recovery

During the recovery, there is usually very little pain after face lifts. Patients generally feel a sense of tightness and numbness that gradually returns to normal within several weeks. The face lift scars are usually pink for a short time before fading into the normal facial creases. You will have some bruising and swelling that will resolve within a few weeks, and you will be able to return to normal activities within a couple of weeks. A strap will be worn around your head for support for several days after face lift surgery. Dr. Greenberg will see you several times post-operatively within these weeks. It is impossible to know how long face lifts will “last” because patients continue to age at a variable rate after surgery. It is safe to say that your face will look more rejuvenated and youthful, making you look years younger. Dr. Greenberg places most of his face lift patients on a post-operative skin care regimen to help further diminish the signs of aging.

Read frequently asked questions about face lift, view face lift before and after photos or contact Dr. Greenberg’s Manhattan or Long Island cosmetic plastic surgery office for your complimentary face lift consultation. All of us look forward to helping you.

FAQ’s – Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S will meet with you during a private consultation to review all of your concerns and address our facelift FAQ with you to give you a better understanding of the overall procedure. Our goal prior to your facelift procedure is to help you with all of your questions, concerns, and anything you would like to learn about your surgery. At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery in Long Island, NY, we are fully equipped and experienced to help you safely achieve beautiful results.

A facelift can help turn back the clock of the natural aging process by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. During the procedure, Dr. Greenberg will remove excess fat, reposition underlying tissues, and tighten and trim excess skin with discreet incisions made in your hairline.

The primary benefit of a facelift is a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. By removing saggy and excess skin, you can enjoy a beautifully contoured jawline, smoother skin, and more toned facial features. Once you have fully recovered, you will likely enjoy improved self-confidence and a better quality of life.

The primary benefit of a facelift is a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Dr. Greenberg is a board-certified surgeon experienced in making small and discreet incisions. The type of facelift will depend on the location of your incisions. In most cases, incisions can be concealed within your hairline, inside your mouth, or within the natural folds of your skin.

During your consultation, Dr. Greenberg will provide you with a list of pre-surgical instructions to follow to help you prepare for the procedure. This will include medications to avoid, diet recommendations, and what to use on your face beforehand. If you smoke, you will also be asked to stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after the procedure, as smoking can hinder healthy blood flow. Following these instructions will ensure you achieve a successful outcome.

It is not uncommon to experience some swelling, soreness, and bruising for the first one to two weeks after the procedure. However, wearing your compression garment, taking your medications as prescribed, resting with your head elevated, and applying cool compresses will help minimize discomfort and reduce swelling.

You will need to have someone available to drive you to and from the procedure and stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours, as they can be the most difficult. Even having someone available for the first week to assist with cooking and other tasks will allow you to obtain as much rest as possible.

The best candidates for a facelift include patients struggling with excess skin, saggy jowls, hollow cheeks, and wrinkles on the mid and lower sections of their face. You will benefit the most from this procedure if you are in good overall health, with sufficient bone structure, good skin elasticity, and realistic expectations.

Dr. Greenberg provides three different types of facelifts for our patients.

  • Full Facelift: This procedure addresses the mid to lower sections of your face, including your jawline and neck.
  • Mid Facelift: This endoscopic procedure addresses issues around your cheeks, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Mini Facelift: This procedure focuses on the lower section of your face and jawline.

Most patients can return to work and normal activity 10 to 14 days after surgery. The length of time will vary depending on the type of facelift procedure performed and how fast you heal. Full physical activity can generally resume three to four weeks after the procedure. The key to a successful recovery is resting as much as possible and wearing your compression garments as directed.

Although a facelift cannot permanently prevent aging, it can help you achieve a younger-looking appearance that will last you ten years or longer. Following a healthy lifestyle and skincare regimen, as well as minimizing stress and avoiding smoking, excessive drinking, and sun exposure can all help you maintain long-lasting results.

Achieve a Fast and Stress-free Facelift Recovery

Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg will provide you with detailed instructions on what to expect and how to promote optimal healing during your facelift recovery following your procedure at our Manhattan, NYC,facility. Additionally, he will schedule postoperative appointments with you to gauge your progress and ensure proper healing. Having your facelift performed by Dr. Greenberg can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and turn back the aging process by 10 years. We offer several different types of facelift procedures at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, which you can combine with other cosmetic procedures. During your initial consultation, Dr. Greenberg will carefully outline your procedure with you, as well as what to expect during your recovery.

What to Expect After Your Facelift
As an experienced and respected cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Greenberg will carefully lift and tighten your face muscles and remove excess fat and skin during your facelift. This procedure will create a smoother, younger-looking appearance, and more aesthetically pleasing contours.

Having your facelift performed by Dr. Greenberg can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and turn back the aging process by 10 years.

Before your surgery, you will need to schedule someone to drive you to and from your procedure due to the anesthesia involved. We also recommend having someone stay and assist you for the first 24 to 48 hours. You will feel sore and swollen the first few days after surgery, but you can expect a full recovery in a matter of weeks. Below are some care instructions to make note of in addition to the step-by-step post-operative instructions you will receive during your consultation.


  • Attend your post-operative appointments
  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Take pain medication to minimize discomfort
  • Apply ice packs to reduce inflammation
  • Limit sodium intake to minimize swelling
  • Walk daily to prevent blood clots
  • Develop a healthy skin care routine and apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
  • Purchase new makeup and brushes to reduce risk of infection


  • Shower or wash your hair for two to three days after surgery
  • Apply makeup until cleared by the doctor
  • Perform strenuous activities or exercise until directed by the doctor
  • Drink alcohol or smoke for at least two weeks after surgery
  • Lift anything over 5 to 10 pounds for the first two weeks

Facelift Recovery Timeline
The type of facelift performed will determine how quickly you heal. However, an approximate facelift recovery is as follows.

  • Day 1: Ice for the first 24 hours and take pain medication as directed to help with swelling and bruising.
  • Days 2-3: You will notice an increase in your bruising and swelling. Continue to ice and take your medication as directed by the doctor.
  • Days 5-10: Dr. Greenberg will remove any sutures and bandages and give you an elastic garment to wear at all times except when showering. You should notice a decrease in swelling and bruising. Avoid any heavy lifting and strenuous activity, but walk every few hours to prevent blood clots.
  • Weeks 2-3: Swelling and bruising will be minimal, and you can move to wearing your elastic garment at night only. You may experience some stiffness in your face and neck.
  • Week 4: You should be completely healed, released to full activity, and enjoying your final results. Continue your follow-up appointments as directed by Dr. Greenberg.

Final Results and Scarring
Dr. Greenberg is a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon who will place your incisions in such a way to minimize scarring. In most cases, scars are concealed behind the ears and hairline. It may take a few weeks before your final results are revealed. Once your swelling and bruising subside, you will notice a younger-looking appearance.

Schedule Your Consultation
Many of our patients experience a significant boost in confidence once they recover from their facelift procedure. To schedule your facelift consultation with Dr. Greenberg, contact our office today. In the meantime, view facelift FAQs to learn more.

Facelift Cost: Budgeting for Surgical Rejuvenation

Dr. Stephen T. Greenerg can perform a facelift to reposition sagging muscles and remove excess skin and fat to give you a rejuvenated facial appearance. If you are considering a facelift, you probably have questions about facelift cost, and a consultation at our Manhattan practice can give you a clearer idea of what you can expect to pay in order to reach your goals. Facelifts are highly individualized procedures, so no two procedures carry the same price. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, during which you can begin planning and budgeting for your procedure. In the meantime, we invite you to read answers to facelift FAQs.

An Introduction to Facelift Surgery
A facelift can greatly enhance your appearance and help you look significantly younger. The steps involved in the procedure can vary, depending on your cosmetic goals. Dr. Greenberg will provide a thorough consultation, and together you can develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

The surgery involves general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Dr. Greenberg will create one or more carefully concealed incisions depending on your treatment goals, natural facial structure, and the type of facelift you have chosen. In general, he will place them so that they are concealed in your hairline or behind your ears. Through these incisions, the doctor will gently tighten the underlying muscles, and he may also eliminate excess tissue or fat deposits. Finally, he will trim excess skin and close the incisions. Dr. Greenberg works carefully to provide natural-looking results.

The Cost of Your Facelift
Your facelift cost will depend on several factors, including:

  • The type of facelift: In addition to traditional facelifts, Dr. Greenberg also offers variations on this procedure to accomplish different goals. Because these surgeries are more concise in scope, they typically cost less than a full facelift.
  • Additional treatments: Like many patients, you may choose to combine your facelift with another procedure for more comprehensive results. Options include brow lifts or eyelid surgery. You may also choose to complement your surgery with dermal fillers or another type of injectable skin treatment.
  • Anesthesia: The cost of anesthesia is often related to the duration of surgery. Dr. Greenberg works with a board-certified anesthesiologist in order to ensure your safety.

Why Invest in a Facelift?
When you are preparing for a facelift, you should look upon it as a gift to yourself and an investment in your future. A facelift can have a dramatic impact on your appearance and your self-esteem. Dr. Greenberg can provide you with a natural, lifted look, rather than a stretched or tight appearance that looks unnatural. While facelifts cannot prevent the future effects of aging, with proper skin care, the results of your treatment can be long-lasting

Other benefits of facelifts include:

  • Better defined cheekbones
  • Decreased nasolabial folds
  • Tightened skin around the jaw, which can reduce the appearance of jowls
  • Reduced lines and sagging under the eyes
  • A slimmer facial profile
  • Boosted confidence in your appearance

Book Your Consultation Today
To learn more about facelift costs and how this procedure can improve your appearance, contact Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and schedule your consultation.

Facelift Surgery Tailored to Your Exact Needs

During a full facelift surgery, Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg can remove excess skin and tighten underlying tissues to improve sagging and wrinkles, giving your face a more youthful look. Dr. Greenberg performs each facelift surgery in his own private operating facility at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery in Long Island, NY. This procedure can help reverse the signs of aging that stress, sun exposure, and the natural age process have caused. During a consultation, Dr. Greenberg can help you tailor your procedure for your exact needs and explain all the steps involved in your surgery.

Planning Your Procedure
After determining that a facelift is suitable for you and your cosmetic goals, Dr. Greenberg will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Your plan will specify the facelift techniques we will use, the anesthesia provided, incision placement, and approximate recovery outline. If you desire to combine your facelift with any other cosmetic procedures, Dr. Greenberg will also plan these details with you.

Steps Involved in Facelift Surgery
The extent of the facelift and any additional procedures performed will determine the exact length of the surgery. However, most procedures take between three to four hours. Your treatment will involve a series of steps Dr. Greenberg will perform, including:

  • Anesthesia: Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Greenberg will administer the appropriate anesthesia to ensure your comfort. While this surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia is also an option, and may be required for more extensive procedures.
  • Incisions: Dr. Greenberg will carefully make incisions above the hairline and along natural facial creases so that any scarring will be hidden. In most facelift procedures, the incision starts behind the hairline on the side of the head, follows the hairline down to the ear, and runs along the crease between the ear and cheek. The incision then wraps around the earlobe and continues into the lower scalp under the hair. Dr. Greenberg will base the exact placement and length of incisions on your needs and goals.
  • Skin and Tissue Repositioning: Dr. Greenberg will gently lift the facial skin to remove excess fat and other tissue. He will also strategically tighten the surrounding muscles to improve your facial contours. Once satisfied, he will reposition the skin, removing any excess. Dr. Greenberg has an artistic eye and years of experience. He can remove only the necessary amount of skin to rejuvenate your appearance, without an unnatural result where the skin looks too tight.
  • Sutures and Bandages: Dr. Greenberg will secure the skin with sutures and wrap the treated area in bandages and compression garments. Depending on the extent of the surgery, he may also place a drainage tube to ensure a healthy recovery.

Having your procedure performed at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery can lower the risk of complications or disappointing results, provide privacy, and ensure you receive the hands-on attentive care you deserve.

Benefits of Treatment with Dr. Greenberg
As a nationally renowned, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Greenberg uses his expertise and experience to provide the best cosmetic procedures in a comfortable, private surgical facility. He also takes the necessary time to individualize each facelift procedure based on your skin tone and bone structure, to help you undergo a comfortable procedure with accurate and stunning results. Having your procedure performed at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery can lower the risk of complications or disappointing results, provide privacy, and ensure you receive the hands-on attentive care you deserve.

Schedule Your Full Facelift Surgery
At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you successfully turn back the clock and achieve a more youthful appearance. Contact our practice online or call us at (516) 364-4200 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Greenberg. In the meantime, explore facelift FAQs to learn more.