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A facelift is a surgical procedure that addresses signs of aging in the lower two-thirds of the face. This includes sagging skin, excess fat, loose neck muscles, jowls, and insufficient volume in the cheeks.


A facelift surgery utilizes the foundational tissues of the face known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) to create natural-looking and long-lasting results.

There are multiple surgical techniques for facelifts, including the SMAS plication, SMAS excision, deep SMAS technique, periosteal lift, and more. While there is no one technique that best suits all patients, the SMAS layer typically needs to be addressed in all patients. In younger patients with minimal sagginess, plication may suffice, while patients with poor collagen and elasticity may require a more involved procedure.

Benefits of a Facelift

The facelift particularly the SMAS facelift that Dr. Sofer performs, comes with a multitude of benefits: 

  • It tightens the skin around the jawline, providing a more defined facial structure 

  • It minimizes the appearance of deeper wrinkles around the cheeks.  

  • It effectively reduces nasolabial folds around the mouth.  

  • It reduces hollowness within the cheeks. 

  • The modification of the SMAS avoids the “pulled back” look. 

  • It provides more youthful contours to the face with minimal, hidden scarring. 

  • On average, results last 12 years.

  • Patients can expect to feel a boost in self-confidence. 


Ideal candidates for a SMAS facelift are non-smoking individuals in their 50s or 60s who have noticeable signs of aging related to moderate to severe facial sagging and hollowing. It is important that candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure.

Personal Consultation

At our practices in Fairfield, Connecticut and White Plains, New York we prioritize personal aesthetic goals for patients considering a SMAS facelift. This one-on-one meeting between you and Dr. Alfred Sofer allows for an in-depth discussion of your specific needs and concerns regarding the procedure.


During this consultation, Dr. Sofer will carefully assess your facial features, skin condition, and overall health to determine if a facelift is the right choice for you.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sofer, please contact our White Plains, NY office at (203) 336-9862. Alternatively, use our virtual assessment form to send us a message.

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To properly prepare for your facelift, medical clearance is needed to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. We will advise you to stop taking anti-inflammatories and other blood thinners that can cause excessive bleeding and other complications during surgery. If you smoke, you’ll be required to stop about 4 to 6 weeks before your procedure. Since smoking, vaping, and consuming nicotine products can negatively impact your circulatory system, stopping their use will allow your body to optimize your healing processes- leading to better results in the long run.

Dr. Sofer can also advise you to follow certain skincare tips to keep your skin healthy in the weeks before. This includes using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Sunscreen is an essential part of skincare because sun-damaged skin repairs itself slowly and may not respond well to the incisions required for a facelift. 

24 hours before your appointment, you should wash your hair normally but avoid applying any hair gel, dyes, or other products. A facelift requires an incision in the hairline, and these products could possibly interfere and cause an infection. The last part of your preparation includes arranging for a friend or family member to take you home after your procedure is completed. This is essential because you will be drowsy from the anesthesia and unable to drive. Finally, consider wearing a loose, comfortable top that won’t have to touch your face when you change out of it. 

Facelift Procedure

During a facelift procedure, Dr. Sofer places incisions strategically behind the natural creases of the ear and the hairline to minimize visible scarring. Through these incisions, he carefully lifts and repositions the underlying facial muscles, fat, and other tissues to restore a more lifted position. Excess skin is then trimmed, and the remaining skin is redraped tautly and secured with sutures. Dr. Sofer will also tighten the platysma muscle that surrounds the neck and jaw to smooth out creases of the neck. Depending on your unique anatomy, he may use liposuction to further sculpt this area. The procedure requires general anesthesia, and it takes between 2.5 and 4 hours to complete. 

Recovery and Results

Following the procedure, your face will be supported with dressings to minimize swelling and promote proper healing. Swelling and bruising are common in the initial days post-surgery. To aid in reducing swelling, we advise keeping your head elevated above your heart when resting. You will be required to schedule appointments to monitor your recovery process.


These visits will allow Dr. Sofer to assess your healing, address any concerns, and provide personalized guidance tailored to your needs. All in all, this is what to expect for your recovery:

  • 1 to 2 hours in the recovery room

  • 10 to 14 days to resume everyday activities

  • 3 days managing surgical discomfort (pain medications and muscle relaxants will be prescribed)

  • 4 to 6 weeks to resume exercise

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311 North St, White Plains, New York 10605

Tel: 203-336-9862


Mon - Fri: 9:30am - 5:30pm  \  ​​Saturday: Closed  \  Sunday: Closed

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