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How to Find the Best Facelift Surgeon: The Factors to Consider

The procedure right for you can be confusing and overwhelming for anyone considering a facelift. Assuming you already know you need facelift surgery, and are perplexed by the various branded procedures and claims like, “I only perform deep plane facelifts,” I’ll share with you what I believe is important to look for in a facelift surgeon.

Factors to Consider in Choosing the Best Facelift Surgeon

Personalized Approach

When looking for a facelift surgeon, the first thing I look for is a doctor who takes the time to listen to what you want, and carefully examines your face and neck. I believe that a doctor who spends time with you will be more likely to plan and customize the procedure to your specific facial aging issues.

In my opinion, facelift doctors who rush through consultations are often associated with “miracle facelifts,” or are too busy to do their best work on every patient.

Understanding Aesthetic Style

Facelift Patient Before and After - front view
Facelift Patient Before and After - front view

I believe it’s critical for anyone thinking about getting a facelift to understand a doctor’s aesthetic style. Some doctors and patients believe that a stereotypical “plastic” appearance is ideal. For facelifts and other cosmetic procedures, my personal aesthetic style is more natural-looking. I believe in preserving my patients’ natural facial characteristics so that any enhancement results in a younger, more refreshed version of themselves. It is critical that your personal aesthetic complements the aesthetic style of your prospective doctor. A way to do this is to look at examples of their before and after photos, as well as your impression during consultation as they describe what they would do for you.


Experience with expertise in facelift surgery is very important. In order to promote experience and expertise, surgeons frequently use names like deep plane facelift or MACS facelift to give the impression that only they perform these procedures. The truth is that all experienced and reputable facelift surgeons use a variety of facelift techniques. During the consultation, I explain that what is planned before surgery is constantly adjusted based on anatomy revealed during surgery.

Dr. Amiya Prasad with patient during consultation


Expected Recovery Time and Anesthesia Method

The expected recovery time, and type of anesthesia used are two factors that distinguish facelift surgeons. Many facelift surgeons only use general anesthesia to perform facelifts. Facelift surgery was always performed under general anesthesia during my training. At the time, I examined the procedures and began brainstorming ways to make facelift surgery a safer and more convenient procedure. After completing my training, I began performing facelifts and almost all of my cosmetic procedures under local anesthesia, with LITE IV or intravenous sedation. Patients are in a twilight state of consciousness, but they are not temporarily paralyzed, or on a respirator.

facelift picture before and after 5 days Quick Recovery
before and 1 week after Short Scar Quick Recovery Facelift

While experienced facelift surgeons can work with general anesthesia with good results, I believe that the tube inserted through the mouth into the throat can distort the face and interfere with the surgery. It is common for patients to stay overnight in a facility with nursing care following general anesthesia for monitoring. Patients are also prone to nausea and vomiting following general anesthesia. All of this adds up to a lengthy and difficult recovery.

Facelift patients in our office, on the other hand, go home in about 1-2 hours after surgery and can return to work in about a week after receiving local anesthesia with LITE sedation. In addition, patients who have facelift surgery under local anesthesia experience significantly less swelling after surgery.

short scar mini facelifts before and after pictures
short scar mini facelift before and after
In my practice, patients considering facelift surgery get ample opportunity to speak freely with my medical staff, as well as my administrative staff about the experiences of other patients. Patients considering a facelift or other procedure can tell how familiar and enthusiastic the office staff is about the procedure. It’s a good sign if you get the impression that the staff is honest, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic.

Comprehensive Approach to Aging

A facelift alone does not address all aging issues in the cheeks and jawline. When I do a facelift consultation, I discuss other facial aging issues like volume loss at the bone level, which cannot be addressed by facelift surgery alone, but can be addressed with long-lasting fillers or facial implants.
facelift with facial volume correction before and after recovery
facelift surgery with facial volume correction before and after recovery
Many people mistakenly believe that a facelift eliminates the need for fillers in the future. Frequently, plastic surgeons will perform a facelift and convince the patient that they will not require fillers after the procedure. Fat grafting is sometimes used to address volume loss. Many people have come to me after having facelift surgery with fat grafting and discovering that most, if not all, of the fat had disappeared.
fat grafting face for before and after
before and after fat grafting face for volume loss
Furthermore, fat grafting is ineffective at restoring bone volume. Furthermore, the injectable treatments will be performed by non-physician staff members of the same plastic surgeon who performed the facelift, but I take a different approach to things. I offer my patients a comprehensive strategy that includes a clear understanding of the limitations of facelift surgery, as well as an approach to bone loss that includes Structural Volumizing with long-lasting hyaluronic acid fillers placed at the bone level. I can attest to the advantage I have as a surgeon with extensive experience with facial implants, such as cheek and chin implants, when it comes to placing long lasting hyaluronic acid fillers at the bone level.
how Dr. Prasad avoid pillow face - y lift before and after recovery
how Dr. Prasad avoid pillow face from fillers - liquid facelift or y lift before and after recovery


It’s important to feel at ease with your facelift surgeon. You should trust the surgeon’s expertise, experience, and aesthetic style. This level of trust in my experience is the result of investing sufficient time in the consultation and education process prior to your surgery.

I hope you found this information helpful.

Best Facelift Surgeon NYC and Long Island, New York

Dr Amiya Prasad is a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon. He’s been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island for over 25 years. He’s been performing facelifts and neck lifts throughout his career, and even during his Fellowship experience, was already thinking of how to make facelift surgery and recovery better, without sacrificing results. He performs all types of facelifts, from short scar facelift, deep plane facelift, face and neck lift, and even a non-surgical facial filler treatment called Structural Volumizing, as well as Neck Contourplasty which are for people who are not yet candidates for full facelift, or extensive neck lift surgery.

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