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Facelift Comparison Chart

With so many types of facelift procedures available in New York City, it can be confusing to understand the differences. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Sterry specializes in facelift surgery in his Manhattan practice. He will help you determine which facial plastic surgery procedure or combination of procedures will provide the improvements you want, so you can look as young as you feel.

Dr. Sterry can help you look younger yet natural with a facelift in NYC. To get started, request a consultation or call (212) 249-4020.

This chart compares a full facelift with Dr. Sterry's NaturaliftSM, a commercially available mini-facelift, and a thread lift.

Facelift Procedures Comparison

  Full Facelift Dr. Sterry's Naturalift(SM) Commercially Available Mini-Facelift Thread Lift
Duration of procedure 3+ hours 2 to 3 hours 1 hour 1 hour
Performed where? Hospital outpatient Hospital outpatient    
Anesthesia General or sedation General or sedation Local Local
Incision From the temple region, around the ear, into the hairline behind the ear From the temple region, in front of the sideburn, in front of the ear to just behind the earlobe. In front of the sideburn, in front of the ear to just behind the earlobe Almost none
Second incision? Possibly, just below the chin Possibly, just below the chin No No
Depth of facial
tissue involved
*Below the SMAS Below the SMAS Above the SMAS Superficial
Amount of facial improvement Significant      
Amount of neck improvement Significant Modest improvement, but likely to last longer than a mini-facelift Some improvement, but not as long-lasting as a facelift below the SMAS None
Recovery time 2 weeks 6-7 days 3 days 1 day
How long do
results last?
Long-lasting (5-10 years) Long-lasting Not as long Not long

*Not all plastic surgeons go below the SMAS when performing a full facelift. This is up to the discretion of the plastic surgeon.

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.


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