The Williams Center for Plastic Surgery in Albany, NY offers state-of-the-art, individualized facelift options that give our patients beautiful, natural results.
A Facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure able to provide the face with a healthy, more youthful appearance by treating the tell-tale signs of aging. A facelift is designed to treat the sagging tissues of the jowls, cheeks, and neck by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, and redraping the skin.
Albany double board-certified and exclusive facial plastic surgeon Dr. Williams offers up to four individualized facelift options customized to each patient’s needs. His goal is to have you looking NATURALLY younger without any indication you had plastic surgery. Along with his comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Williams offers his patients computer imaging. You will get a preview of what to expect. He evaluates volume loss where facial tissue has settled. The procedure is a customized, using special techniques and carefully placed incisions for each and every patient. For example some patients require tissue to be lifted and others need it to be gently pulled or both.
What is a “Facelift?”
The term “Facelift” is broad in the sense that it encompasses a wide range of procedures used to improve the look of the lower 1/3 of the face and neck. The Williams Center for Plastic Surgery offers patients in Albany and Syracuse, NY several types of customized facelift options personalized to address and tailor it to our patient’s specific wants and needs, including:
- Weekend Facelift (S Lift or Mini Facelift)
- Extended Weekend Facelift
- Traditional Facelift (SMAS,Weekend/Necklift )
- Weekendlift /Necklift / Mid-Facelift (AKA Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift)
Weekend Facelift (The “S” Lift or Mini Facelift)
Minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures have become more popular over recent years amongst those who wish to improve their appearance. It is often sought as an alternative to the full facelift procedure.
This is a specific approach that Dr. Williams has innovated and perfected over the years. He has shared his technique both nationally and internationally with other surgeons.
The Weekend Facelift, named after its short recovery period, is a less invasive, cheaper, and safer alternative to the traditional facelift. The Weekend Facelift addresses sagging jowls. This procedure is quick, simple, and can easily fit into your lifestyle and lift your confidence.
The “S” Lift or mini facelift has limitations with patients who have a “heavy neck,” which is a neck that has a large amount of excess skin.
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia along with IV sedation and takes approximately one hour to complete. The Weekend Facelift differs from traditional facelift surgery. The traditional procedure requires an incision beginning at the temple area, whereas the incision required for the Weekend Facelift is smaller and only extends below the earlobe and does not address the neck.
To learn if you are a candidate for this, click here to schedule your consultation with a Facial Plastic Surgeon who exclusively operates on the face.
Choosing a facial plastic surgery procedure requires patients to determine their goals and expectations. For those patients who have avoided the facelift surgery due to the downtime and the requirement of general anesthesia, the hour-long weekend lift procedure is an ideal option because it requires only local anesthesia and 2 to 3 days of downtime with minimal bruising and swelling. Visible results can be seen and felt immediately following the procedure. Our patients do very well with this procedure. They typically complain of being sore rather than feeling pain.
*Dr. Williams performs all of these procedures at his location just outside of Albany.
Weekend Facelift | Albany & Saratoga, NY
What Is the Weekend Facelift?
The weekend facelift is a common cosmetic surgical procedure that’s regularly referred to as a mini facelift or “S” lift. This procedure is generally more common than a full facelift and is primarily designed to assist in the correction of any wrinkles and sagging that exist around the lower portion of the face. This lift specifically addresses the jaw line and the lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin. These lines (folds) are often referred to as marionette lines. In general, this procedure is meant to provide patients with a more youthful appearance that helps to provide an increase in confidence. As people age, wrinkles and sagging skin become increasingly common. A weekend facelift tightens the face and ensures that definition is properly restored. The weekend facelift does not address sagging neck skin or tissue.
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Why Have the Weekend Facelift?
There are many reasons as to why you would choose to have a weekend facelift procedure done. The benefits are numerous, while the actual procedure is minimally invasive. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about too many risks when evaluating whether or not you should seek this treatment. For one, there’s very little scarring associated with this procedure. While incisions will need to be made in order to complete the weekend facelift, they are very easy to conceal within the standard hairline and contours of the face.
This procedure also comes with very few side effects, particularly when compared to a more extensive facelift. Everything from swelling and bruising, to the amount of tenderness you experience once the procedure has been completed, is lessened when making use of a weekend facelift. In general, this treatment focuses on the lower portion of the face, specifically the jaw line. Because of this, the procedure allows the changes to blend in naturally with the rest of your face. As the changes made during the treatment aren’t drastic ones, the risks associated with the procedure are low.
A weekend facelift should also provide your self-confidence levels with a boost. Since your appearance will become more youthful and appealing, you’ll be able to feel much more confident about your overall appearance. This cosmetic surgery procedure is also designed to be very efficient, as it typically only takes about an hour to complete. The final reason as to why you would have this procedure done is because the anesthesia provided during the treatment is the safest type available. This procedure is performed with local anesthesia and mild I.V. sedation. Some patients opt to have this procedure under straight local with or without oral sedation. We have an onsite freestanding surgery center where we perform this procedure. The surgery center is held to the highest of standards through accreditation agencies and the New York State Health Department. It is a very different setting compared to having a procedure in a surgeon’s office. We are able to offer our patients highly trained specialized teams of staff accustomed to working with our surgeons in a safe environment.
Dr. Williams’ Weekend Facelift Consultation
Aligning patients’ anticipated Weekend Facelift results with a realistic outcome represents a priority for Dr. Williams. A facelift has the potential to improve many areas of the face in a single surgery. Dr. Williams will present your potential facelift outcome using computer generated images of your post-surgery / post-healing period results. Additional procedures which could be helpful in your personal enhancement journey may be discussed during consultation.
Once you decide to have the Weekend Facelift procedure scheduled, you would meet with one of the nurses to go over the pre and post instructions that includes answers to some of your frequently asked questions. This appointment will take place two to three weeks prior to the scheduled facelift procedure. Depending on the type of anesthesia you elect to have, Preoperative laboratory tests may be required.
The New England Laser and Cosmetic Center is located in Albany, New York. It is a freestanding building which has been approved by the New York State Department of Health and is AAAHC accredited. Procedures performed at the center use safe and reliable anesthesia with board certified anesthesiologist / CRNA providers. The center includes two fully-equipped operating rooms and a recovery room. The facility complies with all mandated guidelines and requirements for operating rooms. It is staffed with nurses specifically trained in plastic surgery who monitor the recovery room. Dr. Edwin Williams III M.D. F.A.C.S.is the director of this freestanding ambulatory surgery center.
FAQs for the Weekend Facelift
Are there risks involved with the procedure?
A mini facelift is a minimally invasive procedure; however, there are a few limited risks involved as with any surgery. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are the most common.
How soon can I return to work after the Weekend Facelift?
Most patients are able to return to work in five to seven days after a mini lift. However, some patients may be able to return to work even sooner.
How painful is the Weekend Facelift?
With any surgical procedure there is a certain amount of discomfort. Our patients typically will take Tylenol for this procedure.
How big is the incision for the Weekend Facelift?
The incision starts in the temple around the hairline and continues down along the hard part of the ear and just under the earlobe.
How noticeable will the incision be for the Weekend Facelift?
As with any incision, initially it is more noticeable. It can be red and a little raised during the first few weeks. Over time it fades so that one would have to really be looking for it to see it. The sutures are removed at approximately 6 days after surgery. Makeup can be applied at about 10 days after surgery. We advise our patients to grow their hair a little longer around their ears if they have short hair as this will allow for better coverage of the incision line during the healing period.
When can I color my hair after the Weekend Facelift?
We tell our patients to have any hair coloring done right before the procedure; otherwise, you would have to wait for 6 weeks after surgery before any hair coloring is applied to your hair.
When can I go out in public?
The head dressing stays on for 3 days after the surgery. At the 3 day mark, you may wash your hair bruising and swelling differs from patient to patient but most can get out at this time. This is a surgical procedure so you still would want to take it easy and not overdo.
What is the cost of the Weekend facelift?
The cost of this facelift begins at $4,900.00 and can go up to $15,000.00. There is an additional operating room and possible anesthesia fees.
Minimally invasive procedures, such as fillers, Botox, and the Weekend Facelift, are among the most sought after cosmetic surgeries today. These options are ideal for individuals in the Baby Boomer generation in terms of age and desired effect. Many patients seek the treatment as they are experiencing a change in career or lifestyle. In this time, individuals may be deciding it’s their time to really take hold of life, and a procedure like the mini lift can help them do so with confidence. If you think this treatment might be right for you, be sure to contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Williams in Albany, New York, today.
Extended Weekend Facelift
If jowls are not your only concern and you would like to add lift to your neck, Dr. Williams can perform an Extended Weekend Facelift. This is a customized facelift procedure that combined with a lift to the neck. The Extended Weekend Facelift will require a slightly extended recovery and slightly longer surgery time due to a longer incision. This incision extends along the back of the ear and stitches are to remain for one full week. The procedure is performed using IV sedation along with local anesthesia and takes about 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Not all patients are candidates for this procedure. To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure click here to schedule your consultation with a Facial Plastic Surgeon who exclusively operates on the face.
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Traditional Facelift (SMAS,Weekend/Necklift)
A traditional facelift, or SMAS facelift, addresses the sagging upper and lower neck skin, vertical neck bands, jowls, lower and mid nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. This will result in a more youthful appearance for patients who choose to undergo this procedure.
Facelift surgery may be performed at the William’s Center in Latham, NY at an outpatient surgical center or a hospital. The procedure typically takes a couple hours to perform. Either local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia may be used, often a combination of both. The incision begins at the temples within the hairline then extends along the edge of the inner ear and behind the earlobe and ending at the lower scalp. An additional small incision may be made below the chin. Once the incisions are made, the skin is separated from the underlying fat and muscle. The muscles are tightened and fat is trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin. The skin is then pulled back, the excess removed, and the incisions closed. This procedure takes about 2½ to 3 hours.
Recovery from facelift surgery varies for each patient and procedure. Generally anywhere from one to two weeks of healing time should be expected. After surgery, the head is wrapped in bandages which will be removed in 3 days. Patients may experience some discomfort that can be controlled with prescription pain medication. Our patients often complain of soreness on the sides of the neck along with a tight feeling under the chin. The face will appear pale, puffy and bruised at first, and the bruising may take one to two weeks to fade. Some numbness of the skin may also occur. It’s best to keep the head elevated as much as possible during the first few days and apply cool compresses for the first 48 hours. Stitches are typically removed within 6-8 days.
Most patients are able to return to work within ten to fourteen days, though more strenuous activities should be avoided for two or more weeks and sun exposure should be limited for several months.
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Weekendlift / Necklift/ Mid-Facelift (AKA Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift)
Dr. Williams is excited to provide his patients with a new procedure option that creates lasting results! This technique, exclusive to Dr. Williams, allows him to create these results with a smaller chance of scarring.
The Weekend/ Necklift / Mid-Facelift involves an advanced deep plane facelift which modifies deep tissues in the face. This allows for a more natural repositioning of these tissues. Dr. Williams enters a deeper plane to better release the midface, jawline, and neck structures. By releasing and mobilizing tissue more efficiently, he can tighten and redrape the tissue more effectively. This allows for more precise tailoring of the skin and tissue resulting in a more youthful look without any tension. With this procedure you are getting 2/3 of the lower face addressed, as your cheeks are lifted and repositioned to the ideal location.
This procedure is performed under a combination of IV sedation and general anesthesia and takes approximately 3 to 3½ hours. The Deep Plane Facelift is an outpatient procedure with a 10-14 day recovery time. While this approach requires an accomplished surgeon, it delivers the most enhancing and lasting result.
*Dr. Williams performs all of these procedures at his location just outside of Albany, NY.
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All of the options above improve the lower 1/3 of the face with the exception of the Weekend/necklift/mid-Facelift which improves the lower 2/3 of the lower face.
Who is a Candidate for a Facelift?
- Good candidates for a facelift are men and women ranging in age from their thirties to their eighties who are looking to reduce the appearance of facial aging.
- Are in good general health and emotionally stable
- Have realistic expectations.
- Aware that a facelift will not stop the aging process.
- It is a suitable procedure for patients who have aging in the lower third of the face, neck, and jowls.
- You accept potential risks
Facelift Surgery Risks
As with all surgeries there are risks. The potential complications that can occur with facelift surgery include but are not limited to adverse anesthesia reactions, bleeding, infection, and poor healing to name a few. The best thing a patient can do is find a surgeon that is highly qualified and experienced in facial rejuvenation and exclusively performs facial surgery.
What is the cost of a Facelift in Albany, NY?
Costs for a facelift can vary according to the type of facelift you are having. Surgeons fees begin at $4,900.00* and can go up to $15,000.00* for a Weekend Facelift/Neck lift/Mid-Facelift, which is often referred to as a Deep Plane Facelift.
*There are additional Operating Room and Anesthesia fees.
Where would you have a Facelift Surgery performed?
We generally operate at New England Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Center (NELCSC), a free standing surgery center located on the first floor of our office building in Albany, NY. If the patient has medical issues preventing this, we would do the surgery in a hospital setting such as Albany Memorial Hospital or Albany Medical Center. At NELCSC, our surgeons have their own teams working with them on a regular basis. Our patients are cared for in a state of the art facility offering them a private setting with a highly trained staff.
What else if anything should I know before having my surgery?
- Incision lines (scars) are a normal outcome of surgery, and are placed in areas that are either concealed within the hairline or within natural folds of the skin. Placement of incisions will be discussed in detail during the consultation process.
- Recovery time is one to two weeks depending on the procedure. In depth education, working with a specialized surgical team, and the use of advanced techniques all lead to less bruising. Light to normal activities of daily living can be resumed the day after surgery.
- Lasting results are seen from these surgical procedures. However results may be affected by your lifestyle and skin care.
- After outpatient surgery you may return home. Our out of town guests usually stay at the Marriott Residence Inn, located adjacent to the practice.
- Please arrange for a responsible adult to escort you home after your procedure and to stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours following the surgery.
As with all surgeries there are risks. This will be discussed during your consultation. We provide a high quality of care to achieve the best outcome and maximize your total experience here at the Williams Center.
EDWIN F. WILLIAMS M.D..FACS
~ Voted by his peers as President of The Academy for Facial Plastic And reconstructive Surgeons 2015-2016
~ Nationally and Internationally recognized educator and speaker on facial Plastic Surgery