Plastic Surgeons Comment on Bargain Facelifts

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The board-certified plastic surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery warn Long Island plastic surgery patients against bargain facelift procedures. They explain that natural-looking and safe results should be of higher priority.

The Long Island plastic surgery specialists at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery say people shopping for a facelift should be wary of surgical practices that advertise cut-rate procedures.

While Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. Dana Khuthaila acknowledge that price is a valid consideration when choosing a surgeon, they caution people to seek out the best practitioner rather than the cheapest one.

"Like any surgical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, a facelift has inherent risks, not the least of which is an unnatural appearance following the surgery," Dr. Romanelli says. "The procedure is extremely safe in the hands of a capable surgeon, but I tell candidates for a face lift in Long Island to avoid outfits that emphasize cost more than quality."

Dr. Romanelli says many practices, some of which are nationwide chains, often tout "lunch-hour" procedures at discounted prices to lure patients who have concerns about the cost of cosmetic surgery.

"Marketing language that focuses primarily on the cost of surgery should raise a red flag," he says, adding that mistakes made during hastily performed facelifts can sometimes lead to infection and other complications.

"When you choose a surgeon for your facelift, you're trusting that person with not only your appearance but also your health," says Dr. Khuthaila, who practices with Dr. Romanelli. "Basing this type of decision, which can have lifelong repercussions, on an advertising campaign that promises low prices can be incredibly risky."

"Do your research when selecting a surgeon," Dr. Romanelli says. "Look for someone who is board-certified, who has consistently positive reviews and who is focused on the safety of the procedure as well as the quality of your results. Before moving ahead with surgery, meet with the surgeon, ask a lot of questions and make sure that you feel confident and secure with the answers."

Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery has developed a reputation as a quality plastic surgery practice in Long Island. Liposuction, facial sculpting, breast augmentation and other surgical procedures are offered, as well as a full range for medical spa services, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers and laser skin rejuvenation.


Dr. James Romanelli ( is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body, face and breast enhancement procedures. After earning his medical degree from SUNY Downstate, Dr. Romanelli undertook 8 years of post-graduate specialty training in general surgery, plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Romanelli has received numerous awards and professional appointments in recognition of his surgical skill. At his cosmetic surgery practice in Huntington, N.Y., he works in conjunction with Dr. Dana Khuthaila, a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breast, body and face.

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