What is a Facelift?

A facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is a surgery that tightens one’s underlying facial muscles and removes excess skin. As men age, we tend to lose contours in our face and neck regions. Considered by many as the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, this procedure focuses on reducing concerns such as fold lines, sagging skin, and drooping brows that occur with age. Male patients opting for a facelift in NYC should always choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon operating according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons guidelines. At Dr. Steinbrech’s practice, all operations are tailored to address the patient’s individualized needs.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

A facelift can help improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat and tightening underlying muscles. Men in NYC seeking to look younger and regain their sense of confidence are prime candidates for surgery. Men often seek a facelift as their cosmetic surgery of choice to stay competitive in the workforce, to keep up with their spouse who regularly obtains anti-aging treatments and/or to feel a boost in self-assurance in their daily lives.

Facelifts for men are most effective for patients who want to correct:

  • Midface sagging
  • Deep creases under the eyes
  • Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
  • Sagging areas of fat
  • Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw

Men seeking to treat signs of age in the brow, eyelids, and midface areas can combine their facelift surgery with a brow lift and/or eyelift surgery. Facial implants, injectables and/or skin resurfacing can work to enhance the results of a facelift procedure. Dr. Steinbrech offers all of his male patients in NYC the best options suited for their desired result in his facelift consultations. A facelift is best for men who are generally healthy, do not smoke and are considering surgery for reasons outside of peer pressure.

How is a Facelift Performed?

Male patients may have a choice of IV sedation or general anesthesia. The facelift procedure takes about two hours. This surgery can vary depending on your surgeon, your facial structure and your desired result. The three most common incision techniques are:

Traditional Facelift

The “full” facelift for rejuvenating the face, jowls and neck, including fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle and deeper tissues, skin trimming and re-draping. The incision begins at the temples and travels down to the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. Sometimes, another incision is made under the chin.

Limited-incision Facelift

For limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Short incisions are made at the temples and around the ear, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip as well.


A necklift concentrates on jowls, loose skin on the neck, and fat under the chin. The incision is made around the ear lobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp.

*In all three methods, incisions are closed with stitches or tissue glue. Scars are artfully placed to be hidden in the hairline as well as the natural contours of the face.

Recovery Time

After your Rhytidectomy, Dr. Steinbrech will wrap the incisions in bandages and may place drainage tubes in the area. The tubes will be taken out the next day, then your hair will be carefully washed. If surgical clips are used to hold the incisions closed, they will be removed one week after the facelift along with your stitches.

At first, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Your face may temporarily appear uneven or distorted, and your facial muscles may feel stiff; all usually resolve within 3 to 6 weeks. One’s sensation typically returns to normal and scars become less invisible within a few months. Patients may return to work after just 3 weeks following their facelift surgery. Patients should be gentle with their skin and hair during the recovery process. Men may need to shave behind the neck and ears where areas of beard-growing skin have moved.

Treatment Cost & Consultation

For more information about a facelift for men in NYC, please call 646-949-0130 or fill out our contact form to set up your no-obligation facelift consultation today. Dr. Steinbrech is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


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