Women and men from Syracuse, Buffalo, and Rochester, NY, know that for facelift results that look remarkable, yet natural, the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery is the place to go. Patients even come from across the U.S. and fly in from Europe for Dr. Vito Quatela's record of excellence with this procedure. He uses advanced surgical techniques refined over the past 30 years to create beautiful results that restore a rested, more youthful appearance that better reflects one's energy and vitality. Dr. Quatela and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Heather Lee perform facelift surgery to take years from a person's appearance by lifting and smoothing the skin, fat, and muscle in the lower third of the face and the neck, correcting unwanted lines, jowls, and neck bands.

If you want to discuss your aesthetic concerns with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, request a consultation using our online form or call our office at (585) 244-1000 to have a member of our staff schedule your appointment.

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Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Vito C. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with more than 30 years of experience performing facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Quatela is a past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is highly respected by his peers. He is a recognized expert in all areas of facial plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, facelift and other procedures.

Ideal Facelift Candidates

The best facelift candidates are healthy women and men who are concerned about jowls, lines, and sagging in the lower third of their faces and necks. It is important to have realistic expectations about the possibilities and limitations of facial plastic surgery. Most of the people who visit Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee for face lift surgery in Rochester are between 45 and 70; but those who are both younger and older may benefit from this procedure as well.

The first step in deciding if you are a good candidate for a facelift is to meet with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee for a private, personal consultation.

"I went to Dr. Quatela to fix my jowls, sagging neck and give me my jawline back. He recommended
a facelift with some liposuction under my chin.
He also recommended a chin implant. I was extremely comfortable with Dr. Quatela,
as he was interested in what I wanted, (and) he encouraged me to choose the options that I was comfortable with."
Individual results may vary.

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Your Facelift Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, he or she reviews your health history and listens to you describe your primary aesthetic concerns. Additionally, your face and neck will be carefully examined to assess your bone structure, your skin's elasticity, and your personal characteristics and concerns. The consultation is an important opportunity to discuss your short and long-term cosmetic goals and ask questions about your treatment options. Your surgeon will explain the facelift procedure, what you can expect during recovery, and potential complications.

Reviewing current before and after photos of Dr. Quatela's patients is also an important part of the consultation, and gives you a chance to visualize potential results. Finally, the consultation is a good time to establish a rapport with the doctor and ensure you're comfortable with the practice. Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee creates a personalized facelift treatment plan, designed around your needs and lifestyle, based on the consultation.

Dr. Vito Quatela Dr. Vito Quatela

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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Your Procedure

Your surgeon customizes your facelift procedure depending on your specific needs. In some cases, he or she uses an anesthesia technique that is carefully monitored but doesn't involve a general anesthetic. In those cases, patients are in a type of twilight sleep and won't feel, see, or hear anything during the operation. There is also the option of general anesthesia.

Incisions follow the contours of the face as close to the ear as possible. They extend behind the ears and in the hairline. Depending on your specific procedure, your surgeon may make an incision under the chin as well. The techniques used by our surgeons are designed to camouflage the incisions so they are barely perceptible.

Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedure of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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Combining Procedures

A facelift may be combined with related procedures, including:

  • Fat transfer — Using liposuction, your surgeon removes healthy fat cells from one area of the body, such as the abdomen, purifies them, and then re-injects the fat to create more facial volume is specific areas.
  • Facial implants — Your surgeon may suggest augmentation for the chin/pre-jowl area to aid in facial contouring changes.
  • Resurfacing facial skin — A number of different resurfacing techniques can be combined with the facelift to address signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. This may include dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, or a deep peel around the mouth and/or eyes.
  • Injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic or fillers — Dermal fillers can add volume to nasolabial folds and BOTOX® can reduce wrinkles created by repetitive movements, such as frown lines or crow's feet at the corners of the eyes.

Your consultation is a good time to discuss possible complementary procedures with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee.

Your Recovery

Following your surgeon's specific post-operative instructions is essential for a successful recovery. After your facelift expect swelling and discomfort, which can be minimized by using ice packs intermittently during the first 48 hours after surgery. Limit your activity during the first week after your surgery, although it is important to get up and walk around your house to ensure good circulation.

Avoid bending, heavy lifting, and rigorous exercise for the first three weeks. After getting approval from your surgeon, you can resume your normal exercise routine, slowly increasing the level of physical activity.

It is also important to drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol. Take post-operative medications as prescribed, generally with food to reduce the chance of nausea. During your recovery, always keep the surgical area dry.

Experiences vary after facelift surgery. Swelling and bruising gradually subsides approximately 10 to 14 days after surgery. Most patients are ready to return to work complete with makeup within 1 to 2 weeks. The final results typically appear 6 to 12 months after surgery.

Do not hesitate to contact our office if any questions or concerns arise during your facelift recovery.

Pre and Post-operative Facelift Instructions

It is important that you know what to expect during all phases of the facelift procedure. For proper healing, and to achieve satisfactory results, patients must closely follow our pre and post-operative instructions. It is our goal at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery to ensure a safe surgical procedure and recovery. That begins with meeting our nursing team before your operation. Our team reviews your medical health history and any medications you use, performs a physical exam, and reviews and issues prescriptions for post-operative medications. We also educate you about what to expect both before and after surgery and provide you with written information for your reference.

Facelift FAQs

What are the different types of facelift procedures?

There are a few facelift procedures which all address different parts of the face. A mini facelift sometimes called a "weekend facelift," targets isolated problem areas for individuals with slight to moderate signs of aging. Good mini facelift candidates want a subtle change and refreshed look by removing age-related excess skin.

A mid facelift addresses hollowed-out eyes, deep smiles lines, and is usually supplemented with a forehead lift to address a fallen brow where the lower eyelid and muscles between the eyes result in an "angry" look. A traditional facelift addresses signs of aging in the mid to lower face, including the neck. It also reduces jowls, elevates the cheeks, and softens laugh lines. A facelift is effective in restoring a less fatigued look and more youthful appearance.

How long do the results of a facelift last?

Results from a traditional facelift should last 5 to 10 years; although results vary. Facelift surgery provides a life-long improvement because it removes excess skin, but the natural aging process continues. However, smoking, sun exposure, and excessive alcohol consumption can compromise the results.

Will I look natural after facelift surgery? I still want to look like myself and not appear pulled.

As one of the most popular procedures at our practice, Dr. Quatela has decades of experience perfecting the art of facelift surgery. Dr. Quatela's artistic talent and practiced eye enable him to provide results that are consistent and natural looking.

For additional information about facelift surgery, visit our Facelift FAQ's page.

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973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000

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