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Don't you deserve to look as young as you feel? A facelift by NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Sterry can bring back the fresh-faced look you've been missing—without leaving the tell-tale "windswept" look of yesterday's facelifts.

To find out how a facelift in New York City with Dr. Sterry can help you look younger, request a consultation using his online form or call (212) 249-4020.

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Before Full SMAS Facelift Manhattan, New York City by Dr. Sterry, NYC
After Full SMAS Facelift Manhattan, New York City by Dr. Sterry, NYC
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This 59-year-old woman wanted complete facial rejuvenation. I performed a full facelift in NYC, including the lower face. I also performed a neck lift and upper and lower eyelid surgery.   Having completed trials for multiple different methods of facelift procedures, I have settled on per...

49 year old before facelift
51 year old after facelift
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I trademarked the Naturalift because I thought it was a good answer to women in their mid 40's to mid 50's who realize that injectables can only do so much to help them remain youthful before making them look "weird".  Sometimes there is a roll for minor surgical procedures...

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Facelift NYC
Before After

This is a 72 year old patient who came into our New York City office for a Facelift procedure.  She was a little timid about actually going through with the operation because she was afraid of looking "weird" after the procedure was done.   In this case, a full SMAS Lamella...

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Do you look as young as you feel? A well-done facelift can bring out your natural beauty.

Dr. Sterry performs natural-appearing facelift surgery in Manhattan. Nobody has to know you've done something to freshen up. The latest techniques leave no tell-tale signs.

Dr. Sterry Talks About Facelifts

Chances are, you don't feel any different than you did when you were 25. But is your face starting to give away your age? When you look in the mirror, do you notice:

  Full Facelift Dr. Sterry's Naturalift(SM) Commercially Available Mini-Facelift
Anesthesia General or sedation General or sedation Local
Surgical Facility In-office operating room In-office operating room Varies
Duration of Surgery At least 3 hours 2 to 3 hours 1 hour
Incision(s) From the temple region, around the ear, into the hairline behind the ear. Additional incision possible just below the chin From the temple region, around the 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
Neck improvement Significant Modest Minimal
Recovery time 2 weeks 1 week 3 days
Longevity of Results Up to 10 years Up to 5 years 2 to 5 years

"Beautifully done and I adore Dr. Sterry! His staff was wonderful too! No glitches. Felt very comfortable with Dr. Sterry. He's very down to earth and honest about expectations. His work is artistry and I don't know how any doc could be better."

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Facelift FAQ

What is a facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is cosmetic surgery to improve evidence of facial aging, such as wrinkles or sagging skin on the face, brow and neck.

Where is the incision made for a full facelift?

A full-facelift incision begins in the hairline of the temple area, continues down just inside the tragus—the part of the ear just in front of the hole in your ear—and proceeds around the earlobe and along the hairline in the back of the neck. This longer incision allows a much greater degree of lift in the neck than is possible with a Naturalift℠

How is a full facelift performed?

After I've made the incision, I undermine the skin of the face so I can gain access to the deeper tissues. This is when the real magic of a facelift happens. By working with the deeper tissues, I can eliminate jowls, increase fullness in the cheek and midface and reduce the appearance of skin folds on the corners of the mouth.

After this work is done, I lay the skin down gently without any tension so it looks natural. If I've done my job well, nobody should ever know that my patients have had a facelift. They should look younger and refreshed—but not have that "operated on" look.

How is your full facelift technique different from other plastic surgeons'?

There are as many methods for facelifts as there are plastic surgeons...maybe more. Each of us does the best we can to achieve a nice result. I happen to be very proud of my facelift results because I think they look more natural than many others.

How does a full facelift help correct a sagging neck?

Because the incision for a full facelift extends to the hairline behind the ears, it facilitates pulling back on the neck skin to tighten and smooth it. The excess skin is then eliminated. Result: a smoother, younger-looking neck.

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Pictures say it best. Visit Dr. Sterry's patient photo gallery and see the natural-looking improvements he's made for his patients.

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Do you ever use liposuction in conjunction with a facelift?

Yes, liposuction can be very helpful in eliminating jowls and getting the neck contour I want.

When is a full facelift a better choice than a Naturalift?

In your personal consultation, I will evaluate you and help you to understand the difference between a Naturalift and a full facelift. However, the final decision is yours. The best choice for you will also depend on your exact goals.

Where is a full facelift performed?

I typically perform full facelifts on an outpatient basis at Mount Sinai Hospital or in a surgery center close to my office.

How long does a full facelift take?

A full facelift takes about three hours or longer, depending on what the patient needs. For example, if a patient has a lot of hanging skin on his or her neck, the surgery will take more time.

What kind of anesthesia is used for a full facelift?

A facelift is done under general anesthesia; you will be asleep for the entire procedure. Or you may choose to have the procedure done under sedation.

How long does recovery from a full facelift take?

Most patients can go out in public with some cover up makeup in about a week. You should be back to work in 10 days to two weeks.

What results can you expect from a full facelift?

My goal is to make you look good, not operated upon. A natural result should mean that you look like yourself, just fresher and maybe a little more enthusiastic. The most important part of a facelift is that no one who sees you on the street should be able to tell that you've had something done.

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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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