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5 Times a Surgical Facelift is the Right Choice

Dr. Philip Miller

May 25, 2021

The availability of non-surgical options in cosmetic dermatology has made it easier for most people to try new treatments. A liquid facelift, for instance, gives you a chance to “test drive” a new look before committing to a surgical facelift. While non-surgical procedures sound like the quick, safe, and easy approach, they may not always be the most suitable solution to your aesthetic needs and goals. Sometimes, taking the surgical route is the better choice. So, how do you know which procedure is right for you?

Esteemed double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS, specializes in cosmetic facial surgeries including the classic facelift in Manhattan, New York. He creates custom treatment plans utilizing the most advanced techniques to help you achieve your ideal look. Furthermore, his Natralook® process empowers you to help design your transformation journey and achieve your desired results.

liquid facelift results in Manhattan, NY What is a Liquid Facelift?

For younger patients who do not have severe aging symptoms and do not want to undergo surgery, a liquid facelift can provide restorative and rejuvenating results without the need for incisions or anesthesia. To perform a liquid facelift, doctors inject fillers and neuromodulators into targeted areas, adding volume to the cheeks or contouring the jawline, all while eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Depending on the injectables used, liquid facelift results can last for up to two years. Even though you did not “go under the knife,” the appropriate patient can still receive impressive anti-aging results. To learn more about liquid facelift, visit

Benefits of a Liquid Facelift

At our Manhattan plastic surgery clinic, our patients enjoy the amazing results they’re able to achieve with our proprietary liquid facelift technique, called the Miller Lift. In addition to beautiful results, you may enjoy these other benefits:

  • It’s non-invasive
  • It saves you time
  • It does not involve any downtime
  • It’s typically not very painful, and some patients report feeling no pain
  • It produces natural-looking results
  • It’s a precise procedure
  • It’s more affordable

What You Need to Know About Surgical Facelifts

Over time, the skin loses elasticity and begins to sag, causing deep creases, wrinkles, droopy eyes, jowls, and pronounced loose folds. While we can’t stop the aging process, a surgical facelift is an effective rewind button that can take years off your appearance. The traditional facelift is a household name in the beauty world—and for good reason. Surgical facelift results are more dramatic compared to liquid facelifts and last longer because surgeons tighten underlying muscles, remove excess skin and fat, and reposition the skin, taking a more thorough approach.

Since a surgical facelift is a more complex procedure, it is important to understand what the procedure is designed to address and what outcome you can potentially achieve.

When Surgery is the Right Choice

Because surgeons tailor a surgical facelift to your unique bone structure, skin condition, and aging patterns, you can achieve a lifted, firmer appearance with younger-looking skin while still looking like yourself. Specifically, you can benefit from a surgical facelift when:

1. You Have Severe Aging Symptoms

Surgical facelifts are ideal for older people or those who are looking for a dramatic solution to significantly sagging skin, defined wrinkles, loose jawlines, and deep creases. When performed properly, a facelift can turn back the clock by smoothing the skin, firming up muscle tone, and restoring attractive facial contours.

However, if you’re still young and would like to address early signs of aging and experience long-lasting results but are not ready for an invasive full-facelift, you may be able to find your desired results through a Micro-Lift, which uses smaller incisions and requires less downtime.

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2. You Can See Significant Skin Laxity

While fillers can plump up areas to restore natural fullness, they cannot restore elasticity to skin that has begun to sag. Facelifts are best-known for addressing skin laxity. Surgeons remove and tighten skin that’s begun drooping with age, producing a more youthful look. By removing excess tissue, surgeons can address the following:

  • Jowls
  • Turkey wattles
  • Overall aged appearance
  • Droopy skin around the eye area

However, surgeons should not pull skin too tight, as this can create a frozen, wind-blown appearance that is typical of procedures performed by inexperienced surgeons. Dr. Miller will ensure your results are very natural and that you look like a younger, refreshed version of yourself.

3. Your Neck Also Needs Rejuvenation

Since the neck’s skin is thinner than facial skin, the neck is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. A facelift without a neck lift can create an unbalanced look. This is why surgeons usually perform a neck lift in conjunction with a facelift. By lifting and tightening the deeper tissue along the jawline, pulling up the sagging tissue, and excising loose skin, you can achieve a smooth and very defined jawline to complement your younger-looking face.

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4. You Don’t Want to Come in Every Few Months

A surgical facelift offers the most long-lasting results of any other anti-aging procedure available today. Since it addresses sagging skin and volume loss with a more thorough and comprehensive approach, results can last for up to 10 years.

5. You Want Dramatic Results

Considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, a facelift offers the most dramatic improvement in addressing the signs of aging. While patients seeking subtle results have found injectables to be effective in achieving their desired look, those who undergo a surgical facelift get a more striking transformation by correcting sagging skin, removing jowls, lifting the cheeks, and refreshing the overall appearance. When performed well, this procedure can take 10+ years off your appearance while maintaining your natural look.

Discover The Right Facial Rejuvenation Procedure For You At Our Plastic Surgery Clinic

In addition to determining the right procedure for you, it is also essential that you find the best surgeon to perform it for you. For more than two decades, Dr. Miller has provided patients with customized surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. By combining his expertise and skill with his artistic eye, Dr. Miller can achieve impeccable results and give you Aesthetic Confidence®. To learn more about our facial rejuvenation procedures and other non-surgical options such as  Face-Tite™, contact Dr. Miller at his New York City plastic surgery clinic today.

Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Philip Miller and his team of New York's top rated facial plastic surgery experts provide custom cosmetic treatment plans that include a combination of minimally-invasive techniques and advanced procedures, to help each patient achieve the Aesthetic Confidence® they desire. Our unique NatraFace™ approach to facial rejuvenation includes the following effective procedures:

Eyelid Plastic Surgery

Dr. Miller provides patients with Manhattan's #1 customized care and treatment for smooth, supple skin that brightens the eyes and revitalizes the face. With our NatraFace™ approach, we utilize a combination of effective aesthetic techniques tailored to suit each patient’s needs. We offer:

Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)

Dr. Miller and his staff of NYC's best aesthetic specialists offer the NatraNose® process, which is a comprehensive range of minimally-invasive and advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking rhinoplasty results, improve nasal function, and meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Miller specializes in nose jobs, nose reductions, non-surgical nose jobs, and more: Adjust the links in these sections as follows:

Skin Care Treatments

Widely acclaimed for our broad range of flawless skincare solutions, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS and his team of aesthetic specialists offer customized skincare treatment plans to achieve healthy, natural-looking results. As part of our NatraLook™ process, the following procedures may be performed individually or in combination with more advanced surgical treatments for optimal rejuvenation.

Male Plastic Surgery

Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience working with male and female patients. He specializes in facial plastic surgery and is recognized as an expert in facial rejuvenation procedures. Utilizing the most advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Miller can maintain or enhance masculine features while producing the most natural-looking results.

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