Over the years, factors such as sun exposure, stress, and gravity can cause the cheeks and jaw line to sag, making people look older than they feel. A face lift helps patients reverse many signs of aging to help them restore the look that matches the energetic way they feel. The majority of the people who consider a facelift are in their 40’s or beyond, although this procedure is an option any time signs of aging begin to appear. A facelift by Dr. Evan Sorokin, a renowned plastic surgeon in New Jersey, can enhance the face and correct many problems including:
- Rejuvenating sagging skin and facial muscles
- Removing excess skin and fat on the face and neck
- Lifting a sagging jaw line
- Minimizing crease lines along the nose, mouth, and chin
Dr. Sorokin begins most facelifts by making small incisions just inside the hairline, following the contour in front of the ear, and continuing under the earlobe to the backside of the ear and the lower scalp. Tissue and fat deposits are separated, the skin is stretched and tightened, and any excess skin is removed. If the neck line requires attention, Dr. Sorokin will make an additional incision under the chin and similar techniques are used to firm this skin. SmartLipo may also be included to remove unwanted fat deposits. Minuscule stitches are used to close the incisions and reduce the chance of scarring. In some cases, Dr. Sorokin inserts metal clips or staples along the hairline. A facelift is an intricate procedure that may take several hours or longer depending on whether other cosmetic procedures are completed at the same time. Dr. Sorokin will discuss the various facelift techniques during the consultation to determine which technique is the most suitable.
"I had been researching breast augmentations in the Philadelphia area for months when I made an appointment with Dr. Sorokin. Him and his staff were incredible and made me feel very comfortable. His staff worked with me as I tried to decide on an implant size, and were very patient with me even when I changed my mind a few times. My surgery was a breeze and I recovered SO quickly. I am so satisfied with Dr. Sorokin and would recommend him to everyone!"- C.M. / Google / May 10, 2016
"From the moment I met Dr.Sorakin I knew I wanted him to do my breast augmentation surgery! He is very patient and understanding, answering all questions and concerns. I went to several other doctor consults and was concerned I would never have full "round" breasts, but Dr.Sorakin assured me those results would be possible and I would be in the best care. After surgery I was in very little pain and back to work in 4 days ! I am extremely happy with my results ! They look better than I ever would have imagined! I would definitely recommend Dr.Sorakin!!"- S.B. / Google / Apr 30, 2016
"It has been about four months since I got my BA, and I could not be happier!!! They are absolutely perfect. Dr Sorokin and his team are absolutely amazing. From consultation to my very last post op visit I could not have asked for more out of them. They were precise, and patient with me since I was such a scardy cat! Cannot wait until summer thanks to Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery! :)"- C.D. / Google / Apr 12, 2016
"the best doctor, staff, and experience! Cherry Hill, NJ - I just recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Sorokin of Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery and this is my first real surgery...Let me say, it was the very best experience from beginning to end and I wouldn't recommend anyone to go to anyone other than Dr. Sorokin. Both him and his staff were lovely, warm, inviting, encouraging and excited for me - which is exactly how one should feel when going in for an elective procedure! There aren't enough positive things to say about his practice! He even called to check on me afterwards, which I appreciated, and is very communicative when needing to ask questions/advice, etc. All his girls there are wonderful and made me feel so at ease before my surgery, and after. I still love my card and cup I received at my follow-up - that personal touch makes a world of difference for me! There isn't anyone else I would go to for any future procedures and I've been recommending him to everyone. #teamsorokin haha!"- M. / RealSelf / Apr 12, 2016
"Dr. Sorokin and his entire staff provided me with excellent medical treatment before, during and after my surgery. I am very pleased with my results and would recommend him to anyone considering having plastic surgery. Dr Sorokin is highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable. His care of his patients makes him unlike any doctor I've ever been to. The entire staff at his practice also needs to be recognized for being so caring and attentive. You won't find a more qualified practice!!!"- T.R. / Google / Apr 04, 2016
During/After the Surgery@headingTag>
Immediately after surgery, Dr. Sorokin will fit the patient’s face with bandages in order to decrease recovery time and reduce swelling. Dr. Sorokin instructs his facelift patients to get plenty of rest and limit their movement for at least a few days following the procedure. In almost all cases, the discomfort can be well-controlled with over-the-counter medication. Stitches, clips, or staples that have been inserted are normally removed within a week. Patients will notice a fair amount of swelling and bruising after the surgery, but this usually subsides in 7-14 days, and around this time patients should be able to return to work.
Usually, results of a facelift may not be seen until all swelling has subsided and the facial skin has adjusted to its new position. It takes most patients between 2-3 months to heal, though in the meantime they still look presentable and have an improved appearance.
Facelift surgery usually costs between $5,000-$8,000. The cost will be based on the extent of the procedure and whether liposuction is used. Cost and financing will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Mini or Full Lift?@headingTag>
Patients with minor sagging may be candidates for a mini facelift. A mini facelift is less invasive and requires less recovery time. Dr. Sorokin will assess the patient’s skin elasticity during the initial consultation and determine whether the patient will have better results from a full or mini facelift. If lines and wrinkles are the patient’s main concern, Dr. Sorokin might suggest a service like BOTOX Cosmetic or an injectable filler. If the patient wants more dramatic results, a facelift surgery can be combined with other facial procedures such as an eyelid surgery or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
The results of a full facelift can last 10 years or longer, but natural aging will cause the skin to start sagging again. Since a mini facelift is a less extensive procedure, the results will last closer to 5 years. Patients should speak to Dr. Sorokin during the initial consultation about their expectations and goals.
Most patients who have a facelift are at least 40, but a facelift can be performed on anyone in good health. Patients under 40 are usually better candidates for a mini facelift or injectable fillers, but all options can be discussed with Dr. Sorokin during the consultation.
Dr. Sorokin makes minimal incisions during a facelift and usually, they are made along the hairline, so scars are naturally camouflaged. Each patient will be given postoperative care instructions that will encourage incisions to heal quickly and cleanly for minimal scarring.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $11,745 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location