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Microsurgery: MicroLift Face in New York

Have you ever noticed how nice your face looks when your hair is in a ponytail? The skin is pulled taut, fine lines become smooth, cheeks appear more prominent, and the edges of your eyes are slightly lifted. Many women have seen this difference and asked themselves, “Why can’t I look like this all the time?” Fortunately, with one of today’s most innovative procedures, there is no reason you cannot.

Philip Miller, MD, FACS, offers patients in Manhattan, New York, the cutting-edge MicroLift™, designed to mimic the improved appearance that comes with pulled-back hair. The minimally-invasive procedure is relatively comfortable, quick, and performed under local anesthesia. Perfect for busy women not ready for a full facelift or who do not want the commitment of a long recovery.

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What problems can a MicroLift correct?

A micro facelift improves the following common signs of aging:

  • Saggy cheeks
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Prominent marionette lines
  • Weak jawline

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Why choose Dr. Miller for my micro facelift?

Dr. Miller is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon considered an expert in his field. With more than 20 years of experience focusing exclusively on the face, he has the expertise to provide patients with the most beautiful and natural-looking results.

Not only is Dr. Miller an esteemed and highly qualified surgeon, but he is also known for utilizing his NatraLook® process that ensures his patients' results are rewarding in both physical and emotional ways. No matter what your concerns are, Dr. Miller tailors his methods to address your needs.

For more information on the MicroLift procedure, please contact Dr. Miller at his Manhattan, New York plastic surgery clinic.

How does Dr. Miller perform a MicroLift?

The microlift procedure takes less than an hour to perform using local anesthetic. The procedure begins with a small incision, well hidden within the hairline. Through this, Dr. Miller meticulously advances the skin and tissue in the same direction – mimicking how it would move in a ponytail. Excess skin and tissue will be carefully trimmed; the incisions will then be closed. 

Patients are able to rest and heal in the comfort of their own homes the same afternoon as their microlift. In a few days, patients will return to the office for a follow-up with Dr. Miller in Manhattan and to have sutures removed.

Who is a candidate for the microlift?

To determine if you are a good candidate for this minimally-invasive facelift technique, use your index fingers to pull the skin of your temples upward and backward and look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Does the lift open up your eyes, making you look awake and refreshed? Are your cheekbones increasingly defined, and your skin youthfully taut? If so, you are an excellent candidate for the microlift.

Women who want to erase the early signs of aging, experience long-lasting results, and postpone the need for a full facelift can find their desired results through the microlift. As with any cosmetic surgery, patients should be in generally good health and have realistic expectations for the procedure.

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MicroLift FAQs:

Q: How do I prepare for the microlift in New York?

A: During the initial office visit, Dr. Miller will review your medical history, do a brief physical exam, and discuss your needs and goals. At this time, he will help you determine whether the microlift is the right fit for your specific needs.
During the consultation, Dr. Miller will explain the microlift procedure and the recovery process. If you have any questions, contact our office at any time.

Q: What is the recovery from a microlift like?

A: The microlift is a minimally-invasive procedure, requiring little downtime. Patients may notice minor swelling and redness at the incision site immediately following surgery, but this will quickly fade. On the rare chance bruising occurs, it will likely resolve in about one week. The microlift results in very little discomfort, although tightness or temporary numbness in the cheek area may occur. Patients are usually able to return to work or school within a couple of days of their procedure.

Q: What are the potential risks with the microlift?

A: The microlift is considered an extremely safe and effective procedure. The chance for complications is extremely rare, although they might include excessive bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, and asymmetry.

Q: What are the benefits of the facelift using the micro technique?

A: A micro facelift provides several benefits, including mimicking the effect of having a ponytail, to patients considering rejuvenating their appearance. These benefits include:

  • Addresses early signs of aging
  • Lifts the midface
  • Delays the need for more extensive surgery
  • Offers a minimally-invasive option
  • Requires local anesthesia instead of general
  • Involves shorter incisions than traditional facelifts
  • Offers a shorter recovery time

Q: How is a micro facelift different from a regular facelift?

A: The placement of incisions differentiates a micro facelift from a regular facelift. 

A regular facelift involves longer incisions around the ear and into the scalp. This allows the surgeon to remove loose skin, lift the lower face, and improve advanced signs of aging in the neck.

A micro facelift is minimally-invasive and involves one incision behind the ear. Surgery targets the upper two-thirds of the face. Because it is not as extensive as a regular facelift, the recovery time is shorter.

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