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Reverse the most visible signs of aging with a transformative facelift in NJ.

Our rigorously trained and experienced board-certified plastic surgeons deliver amazing natural looking results, serving the areas of Edison, Marlboro, West Orange, and Warren, New Jersey.

No matter how well you take care of your skin and stay out of the sun, everyone eventually succumbs to gravity and volume loss. Gravity is what causes the sagging that leads to jowls and "turkey neck," while loss of volume accentuates "smile lines" and causes a hollow appearance in the cheeks and around the eyes.

Each individual ages at a different pace and in a different manner, so facial plastic surgery procedures need to be customized for each patient in order to bring about the best results. This level of customization is something our facial plastic surgeons Dr. Miller and Dr. Heller are known for, and they will gladly help you to find the best treatment plan tailored to your specific goals and needs.

If you are interested in a facelift or other cosmetic surgery procedure such as an eyelift or rhinoplasty, don't hesitate to contact Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 732-548-3200 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve patients in Edison, Marlboro, and Warren, NJ.

What is a facelift?

There is a common misconception that a facelift treats the entire face, from chin to forehead. In fact, a traditional facelift addresses only the lower face and neck. During the procedure, the underlying muscles will be tightened and excess skin trimmed in order to create a contoured, defined jawline.

The neck will also be addressed, and in patients who need it, neck bands and "turkey neck" can be reduced. If there is significant excess fat under the chin, liposuction may be recommended as well. Liposuction and a facelift can be combined easily, and may give a better result in some cases.

The facelift procedure

We perform all facelifts in our accredited surgery suite under either IV sedation or general anesthesia. Every effort is made to create unnoticeable scars and make sure that it is not obvious that you've had a facelift.

Facelift incisions are started in the hairline, go slightly inside the ear, then wrap around the back of the ear along the crease and back up into the hairline. This type of incision ensures that all scarring is well hidden.

After the skin is lifted, we tighten the muscle and fatty tissue. We will remove excess fat from the middle of the neck, and suture the muscles tightly together, which treats neck banding. When trimming excess skin, we ensure that there is no tension, so that scars will heal virtually invisibly. We do not pull the skin tight, meaning that patients will not end up with a "wind-tunnel" effect.

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Types of facelifts

There are many types of facelifts available. The right one for you depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, and the extent of your sagging.

Some of the facelifts we offer include the following:

Deep plane facelift:

Dr. Miller and Dr. Heller are specialists in deep plane facelifts. This type of facelift lifts tissue in a deeper plane before tightening, and is safer for patients who smoke than an SMAS facelift (although smokers should still be able to quit for at least 30 days prior to surgery). Deep plane facelifts also give more consistent and longer lasting results than SMAS facelifts.

Mini-facelift (also called S-lift or weekend lift):

Uses shorter incisions and requires less recovery time. We have, however, found they are only truly useful for a small number of patients. A full, deep plane facelift will give more dramatic and longer lasting results. If you have significant jowls or a heavy neck, our New Jersey mini facelift will not be your best option.

SMAS Facelift:

SMAS, or Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System, is a thin layer of muscle and connective tissue deep in the subcutaneous fat around the mid and lower face. A SMAS facelift targets both sagging skin and any underlying muscular-aponeurotic structures of the face

Lower Facelift or Neck Lift:

If you have significant sagging skin on your neck but no jowling, a neck lift is a good and viable option. A neck lift focuses solely on the neck and involves less recovery time than a full facelift.

Minimally Invasive Facelift or Cheeklift:

If your cheeks are sagging and you want subtle rejuvenation without a full surgery, a cheek lift (also called thread lift) is a good choice. Thread lifts involve long stitches placed under the skin in order to lift and anchor sagging tissue. Local anesthesia is used and the procedure can be combined with fat injection, upper eyelid surgery or a chemical peel in order to provide a rejuvenated appearance. We offer a variety of cheek lifts tailored to different concerns.

Benefits of a facelift

While there are many non-surgical options that have come on the market recently, the best option if you have significant sagging of the jaw or neck will always be a facelift.

There are many benefits to having a facelift, including:

  • Rapid, dramatic results
  • Longest-lasting results of any facial rejuvenation procedure
  • Remove years from your appearancee
  • Feel better about your appearance
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Age more slowly and gracefully

While many non-surgical facial rejuvenation options are on the market, the best option if you have significant sagging of the jaw or neck will always be a facelift. A facelift can’t completely stop the aging process but it will reverse the hands of time enough that you will always look younger than you would without one. At Associates, most patients only need one facelift in their lifetime, although some patients may opt for a second or mini lift 10 - 15 years after their first lift.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift in NJ?

The best facelift candidates:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Are non-smokers, or are able to cease smoking for 30 days before and after the procedure
  • Have significant jowls or sagging of the neck
  • Are looking for a long-lasting solution
  • Have enough time to rest and recover at home
  • Understand the potential risks
  • Have realistic expectations

It is vital to understand what to expect when undergoing a facelift. This procedure is not meant to magically make a 50-year-old look 25 again. Instead, it will make a 50-year-old look amazing for his or her age by tightening the skin and muscle and taking around 10 years off the appearance in a very natural manner.

In addition, while smoking is not an automatic contraindication for a facelift surgery, it is highly recommended to stop smoking for at least 30 days prior to your facelift. This will reduce your risk of complications and help smooth your healing process.

Facelift and Mini Facelift Testimonials

"Always enjoy my visits with Dr. Miller. Seems to be a caring, experienced, professional surgeon. I’ve had a mini facelift, to several injectable work done here. I know I can always come to him for advice."


"Dr. Andrew Miller is simply amazing. His work is exceptional and you will look amazing and not at all like, "you had work done". Now I look outside the way feel inside, young. :)"


"Dr. Miller restored my beautiful face back 20 years. I have the self esteem and confidence I used to have. He's changed my life forever. I would highly recommend him. Everything about his office from beginning to end was a success. Thank You Dr. Miller."


Recovery after a facelift in New Jersey

Following surgery, patients will develop some swelling and bruising, though pain is usually minimal and we will prescribe pain medications to help with any pain or discomfort. Applying cold compresses or ice packs will mitigate swelling. Remaining upright as much as possible and sleeping at an incline will also help. If bruising continues for longer than expected, Arnica can help.

Generally, patients are well enough to return to work at 10 to 14 days. At that point you should also be looking well enough that no one will be able to tell you had surgery performed unless you point it out or they knew beforehand. Most people will chalk up your new, refreshed appearance to a good vacation or haircut.

Following your surgery, refrain from strenuous activity for 2 to 3 weeks. If you aren’t sure you're ready to resume certain activities such as weight lifting or intense cardio, please contact the office before starting.

How much does a facelift or mini facelift cost?

The cost of our NJ rhytidectomy procedure will vary depending on a wide variety of factors, including:

  • Location
  • Type of facelift
  • Skill and experience of surgeon
  • Anesthesia and hospital fees

During your consultation with us in New Jersey, we will be up front about all costs and fees involved, and will give you an accurate quote. If you require facelift financing, we offer a range of different options to help you afford your surgery.

While it may be tempting to "shop around" for the cheapest deal on a facelift, remember that this is a complex surgery being performed on your face. If something goes wrong, you may end up disfigured or unnatural looking.

We highly recommend doing your research, finding a board-certified plastic surgeon with appropriate levels of experience and skill, and if necessary, saving up to go to the best surgeon rather than settling for a lower-priced surgeon who may not be able to give you the best results.

Combining facelift surgery and other cosmetic surgery procedures

Patients often ask if a face lift can be done along with other procedures. The answer is generally yes, many surgeries can be done simultaneously to achieve comprehensive results and cut down on time away from work with just one recovery period.

Some popular procedures that men and women like to combine include:

Depending on your concerns and goals, you may benefit from combining cosmetic surgery procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Miller or Dr. Heller will listen carefully to your goals, examine the condition of your skin, and advise you on the best comprehensive treatment plan.

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Before and after examples

A facelift can completely rejuvenate your face. The best facelift will make you look like you, just more youthful and refreshed. A good facelift should not leave you looking unnatural or unlike yourself.

Take a look at some examples of before and after pictures to see what a facelift can potentially do for you.

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Case 1

This patient wanted improvement in her neck and jawline, but was happy with her eyes and did not have much volume loss. Therefore, a facelift alone gave her the results she wanted.

Case 2

This patient wanted improvement of the nasolabial folds and heaviness under the eyes as well as of the neck and jawline. We performed a facelift plus fat injection, which tightened up her jawline as well as improved her eye bags and nasolabial folds.

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Case 3

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Case 4

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"My Beautiful Nose! My nose looks absolutely beautiful and my breathing is much better too. I am thankful for all you have done for me."


"The expertise with which you performed my facelift is amazing. Thank you so much."


"You were so skilled and confident. I am loving my liposuction result."

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"What an amazing doctor. From the first consultation, I knew I chose the right doctor for my BBL. I can’t say thank you enough."

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"Just want you to know the eyelids look great. I look at a new face every day."

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"Thank you for all the care you provided. I can’t wait to show off my tummy at the beach this summer."

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