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Facelift in Norwalk, CT


in Norwalk, CT

As we age, our faces gradually lose firmness due to a loss of subcutaneous fat and collagen. These factors can cause the skin to wrinkle and sag, creating a prematurely aged and tired appearance. Unfortunately, there are few effective non-surgical remedies available to correct these issues entirely. Facelift surgery revitalizes your appearance by tightening and rejuvenating your facial structure as it removes excess skin, tightens loose muscles, repositions facial fat, and defines the jawline.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Rick Rosen?

Dr. Rick Rosen is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over thirty years of experience. He makes sure to build rapport with all his patients to determine their goals and desires. Dr. Rosen only recommends treatments he believes are suited for each patient and goes out of his way to address his patient’s physical needs and aesthetic goals.

What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

A facelift procedure can tighten sagging skin to reduce wrinkles, jowls, and loose skin. This can help create the appearance of youth, even when the skin has lost significant amounts of collagen. Dr. Rosen also tightens lax facial muscles, which allows him to avoid giving his patients a windswept look that is common among those who have had poorly performed facelifts. This muscle tightening also helps prevent new sagging from recurring on the face as quickly. This facial surgery can highlight a stronger jaw once hidden by sagging skin, jowls, or fat deposits by removing excess skin and tightening up muscles.

When properly performed, facelift surgery achieves a natural result that “turns back the clock” many years without causing patients to look “done” and different.

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are non-smokers in good health who have realistic expectations for their results. Candidates who take blood-thinning medication or have underlying health concerns that may impact healing should mention those factors to Dr. Rosen during their consultation.

What Is Discussed During My Facelift Consultation?

A consultation is an essential first step in any plastic surgery. This is where Dr. Rosen will work with you to determine what sort of treatment will benefit you the most. He will also explain the potential results and how the entire process will work. During your consultation, Dr. Rosen will:

  • Discuss your goals for your facelift
  • Evaluate your skin condition
  • Explain your surgical options
  • Recommend any combination procedures
  • Develop a surgical plan

If you think you may be a candidate for facelift surgery, contact Dr. Rick Rosen to schedule a consultation by calling (203) 899-0000.

How Is a Facelift Performed?


The traditional SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) facelift addresses the superficial skin layer as well as the underlying structures to ensure natural-looking results. During a SMAS facelift, the incision is made behind the ears and up along the hairline. This allows the surgeon to resculpt fat, lift the fascia (connective tissue), and tighten skin and muscle along the lower face and upper neck. The results of this type of procedure tend to be more natural and longer lasting than other techniques.

Short Scar

The short scar facelift is preferable for patients who require minimal correction of the lower face.

The short scar technique allows Dr. Rosen to make a shorter incision, resulting in smaller and more discreet scars behind the ears. (The need for the extended incision in the temple area is often eliminated). This technique can lift the neck, jawline, or lower face, but it is only suitable for patients with minimal to moderate laxity.

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Dr. Rosen is more than a surgeon – he is a partner throughout. I had a waddling neck and prominent jowls and felt and looked every bit my 60 years. I had virtually no pain afterwards, and he saw me every day post operative to make sure I was healing well. People now think I am in my late 40’s and it is has restored my confidence and self esteem.

Should I Combine My Facelift With Other Procedures?

Neck Lift

A neck lift is often combined with a facelift to correct sagging skin and vertical banding in the neck. This procedure enhances the neck and can remove jowls to improve the jawlie’s definition further. Neck lift surgery is performed by tightening the underlying platysma muscles to eliminate the appearance of a turkey neck and maintain a balance between the lower face and neck regions.

Brow Lift

Brow lift surgery can help to lift drooping eyebrows, open up sightlines (caused by a heavy brow), and reduce the appearance of constant annoyance or anger. It is often done in conjunction with other facial surgeries to ensure that the entire face appears consistent. This reduces the chance that the patient will look like cosmetic surgery has been done, as different parts of the face will still match.

Incisions for brow lift surgery are placed behind the hairline or at the anterior hairline for those with high hairlines.

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) can be done at the same time as a facelift to address wrinkles, crow’s feet, under-eye puffiness, or drooping upper eyelids. This treatment is commonly used in conjunction with a brow lift to maintain facial balance and harmony.

What Are Your Concerns?

What Will My Facelift Recovery Be Like?

After the surgery, you may develop mild to moderate discomfort; however, this is usually minor. Your head will be wrapped for the first 24 hours to minimize bruising and swelling. Once this dressing is removed, you are cleared to shower and gently wash your face and hair region. Most people are able to return to work and social engagements within ten to fifteen days. You should avoid strenuous physical activity before that time to limit stress to the area.

Significant swelling will subside within four to six weeks, during which your results will become more apparent.

Is Facelift Surgery Painful?

The surgery itself is performed under sedation or a light general anesthesia, so you should experience little to no pain during the operation itself. During the initial recovery, mild to moderate discomfort is expected. This may be treated with prescribed or over-the-counter medication as needed.

Will My Facelift Leave Scars?

All plastic surgery procedures leave scars, and facelift surgery is no exception. However, Dr. Rosen has decades of experience that allows him to know how to ensure that scars are placed discreetly and are as small as possible. Facelift scars are generally concealed within the hairline and behind the ears, though a second incision may result in scarring under the chin (to address the neck). All surgical scars will fade over time, though the degree varies depending on the individual. You can limit the degree of scarring by keeping the healing incisions out of the sun.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Norwalk, CT?

A facelift procedure can vary in cost depending on any combination of procedures chosen. Price can vary further depending on anesthesia fees, surgical fees, and facility fees. Since pricing for a facelift procedure can differ, Dr. Rosen will only be able to give you an accurate price estimate after your consultation. Financing is available for many patients upon request.

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Facelifts?

  • How long will my facelift last?

    With a full facelift, results may last up to fifteen years with proper aftercare and lifestyle changes. Partial or short scar facelift results are not expected to last as long; however, they will still provide lasting improvement. No facelift procedure can entirely stop the aging process, so treated areas will continue to age as usual following the recovery period.

  • What are the risks associated with facelift surgery?

    A facelift is a surgical procedure that, like all surgical procedures, carries some degree of risk. These risks may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Scarring
    • Loss of sensation/nerve damage
    • Numbness or persistent pain
    • Skin irregularities

    Dr. Rosen will do everything he can to reduce the chance of surgical complications, but some risk always remains.

  • How old should I be before I undergo a facelift?

    Your age and the age your skin appears are not always the same. While we generally begin to see people in their 50s or 60s for facelift surgery, patients as young as 40 can benefit from correction, depending on their skin condition and level of concern. If you have sagging or drooping facial features, you should schedule a consultation to determine your best course of treatment.

  • Why should I choose facelift surgery over injectables and fillers?

    Injectables, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, are designed to treat wrinkles and volume loss. The combination of these injectables may provide a “liquid facelift.” The option of fillers versus surgery will be discussed at the time of your consultation. Each patient is evaluated, and recommendations are made based on their concerns and needs. As fillers only last one to two years, it may be more cost-effective to perform the surgery, as it lasts up to a decade.

  • Can a facelift restore volume in my face?

    Sometimes. A facelift targets laxity or sagging facial features. If you have severe wrinkles or volume loss around the cheeks, the facelift will reposition the fat to a more youthful position, and you can choose to add fat transfer or injectable treatments to refine your results.

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91 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone: 203.899.0000