Facial Liposuction in New York a Cost-Effective Alternative to Face Lift

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Patients don't have to wait for the economy to get better in order to look their best. The New York Group for Plastic Surgery explains why procedures like facial liposuction are getting attention - and results - as cost-effective alternatives to the more time-intensive traditional face lift.

In a tough economy where many are turning to cosmetic surgery in New York to help "lift" their job prospects, more patients are turning to scaled-down versions of face lifts to get some of the results of the traditional procedure without the traditionally larger price tag. Board-certified plastic surgeons at the New York Group for Plastic Surgery (http://www.nygplasticsurgery.com) say that facial liposuction is quickly growing in popularity with patients who want noticeable results but cannot commit to taking much time away from work for recovery.

"I think what we're seeing now is a second wave of patients who have decided they aren't going to wait on the economy to improve their appearance," explains Dr. Andrew Salzberg. "We've seen a number of patients who decided to switch over to short-term, noninvasive treatments like injectables, but I think a lot of these patients now are taking a second look at their options and going for longer-term results that still fit their budget."

To many of these women and men, facial liposuction in New York seems like an ideal solution. "For the right patient, this procedure is a great alternative to the traditional face lift because it creates a few key adjustments without requiring patients to take a lot of time off of work to recover," says Dr. Michael Koch.

A face lift adjusts sagging muscle tissues, skin, and fat, but facial liposuction focuses instead on eliminating excess fat in areas like the lower face to ease signs of aging like wrinkles, jowls, and neck "wattles." While facial liposuction is not as extensive as a face lift, it can often improve the lower face dramatically by tightening up the jaw line and minimizing some of the more noticeable wrinkles around the mouth.

"With a traditional face lift you get multiple levels of correction, and for many patients those changes will be more appropriate," explains Dr. Tae Ho Kim. "For the right patient, though, the results of facial liposuction can be very impressive."

Because it addresses facial fat alone, facial liposuction is most effective for patients who have better quality skin and who are not experiencing some of the more dramatic signs of aging that suggest the need for more comprehensive New York facial plastic surgery procedures.

"Traditionally, facial liposuction would complement procedures like a brow lift and face lift, but more patients are seeing this option as a great opportunity to make the changes they want and still be able to get back to work as soon as possible," explains Dr. Scott McDonald. "As plastic surgeons, it's important for us to be sensitive to how our patients' needs are changing and to develop new cosmetic surgery options in response."

In many cases, patients looking for quicker results are pairing facial liposuction with non-invasive injectable treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic to help soften mid- and upper-face wrinkles and give the skin a firmer, healthier appearance to match their new lower-facial contour.

"For patients with the right characteristics, facial liposuction can be an attractive option, and the key is to find the right balance between the procedures that will get the most results," notes Dr. Kim. "It's important to be economical, but you also have to focus on creating changes that will really make a difference for your appearance in the long term."

The New York Group for Plastic Surgery (http://www.nygplasticsurgery.com) is a group of four highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeons offering a wide scope of plastic surgery procedures to New York patients since 1981. The group's surgeons offer a full spectrum of specialties ranging from liposuction and breast enhancements to craniofacial surgery and facial procedures for children. As doctors board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, each has received extensive post-graduate training in both general and plastic surgery.

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