With time, the effects of the sun, gravity, weight loss, and the natural aging process can take a toll on the features of your face. Your skin may lose its youthful elasticity and begin to droop, and you may see reduced definition or develop lines and wrinkles that make you appear older than you truly are. With facelift surgery, New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Herbstman skillfully restores youthful, natural beauty to the face’s features.

Dr. Herbstman takes a personal approach to each patient’s care. See the difference when you visit his practice in East Brunswick and Red Bank. To learn more about facelift surgery, request a consultation online or call our New Jersey office at (732) 254-1919.


Weight Gain Made My Face Fat

Meet Mary Ann, who opted for a facelift with Dr. Herbstman after losing 30 pounds left her with some sagging, loose skin. “There was no scarring, there was no bruising, and there was no pain,” she says.

Individualized Improvements

A facelift rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face – from the ears to the cheeks and down to the jaw line and neck. During an in-depth initial consultation, Dr. Herbstman will recommend an approach to facelift that will most effectively address your needs. As an expert in cosmetic facial surgery with over 20 years of cosmetic surgery experience, he consistently provides New Jersey patients with improvements that are attractive and natural-looking.

Facelift surgery is not just about tightening the skin. Dr. Herbstman focuses on restoring volume to areas that have lost youthful fullness over time, and he uses techniques to re-suspend and support the foundational layer of tissue beneath the surface. Returning these features to their earlier, younger state is the key to getting a long-lasting result. This approach also promotes a natural-looking outcome rather than an odd or overly stretched appearance.

Dr. Herbstman offers many variations of the Contemporary facelift, customizing it to each person’s unique facial structure and aesthetic needs. In many cases, New Jersey patients who come to the practice at a younger age do not need as aggressive an approach to the surgery. For those with mild sagging, he uses minimally invasive, short scar, techniques that limit scarring and reduce the recovery period. He can also tailor a facelift to the specific needs of male patients as part of his comprehensive plastic surgery procedures for men.

What to Expect

Dr. Herbstman performs facelift surgery at his fully-accredited onsite surgical suite, typically customizing the anesthesia from local to twilight to general ensuring patients are comfortable throughout their experience.

During the surgery, Dr. Herbstman utilizes incisions that minimize visibilty around the ear area.   Minimally invasive or short scar facelifts involve a few small incisions rather than a single longer one. Dr. Herbstman carefully lifts the skin and clears away excess fat to improve the contour of the jaw line. He then tightens the facial tissues or neck muscles, re-drapes and removes excess skin to complete the procedure resulting in a smoother appearance.

New Jersey patients can usually return home the day of their facelift surgery. The sutures are removed within a few days, and patients can resume most normal activities within 1-2 weeks. Dr. Herbstman and the team at Contemporary Plastic Surgery remain available to patients throughout their recuperation to answer questions or address any concerns that they may have. By the end of their recovery, patients should be able to enjoy the full benefits of their procedure: features that look healthy, naturally rested and attractively rejuvenated.

Facelift Alternatives

While a facelift provides significant and lasting improvement, many New Jersey patients either do not need such extensive treatment or prefer to avoid the associated expense and recovery time. Dr. Herbstman and his team of skin care specialists offer the following alternatives, which can address some of the same concerns that a facelift is designed to correct:

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  • Ultherapy®: A proven safe and effective FDA approved non-surgical alternative to a facelift which tightens skin of the jawline, neck, and brow using ultrasound energy.
  • Injectable treatments: New Jersey patients who want to avoid surgery altogether have many effective options including BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers like Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® XC.
  • Skin care options: Contemporary Plastic Surgery provides a host of prescription-only skin care products and non-invasive skin treatments that can help you look refreshed and vibrant.
  • Broad Band Light (BBL): FDA approved light based energy system to treat fine lines, wrinkles as well as eliminating red blotchy areas and pigmentation irregularities with no downtime.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Regenerates aging, sundamaged tissues utilizing growth factors present in patient’s own blood serum.

Dr. Herbstman spends significant time in consultation with patients to help them decide whether facelift or another approach is most likely to achieve the results that they want. In general, a facelift offers the most significant and long-lasting improvement among options for the mid-to-lower face. Factors such as longevity, effect, need, cost, convenience, and recovery all may play a role in a patient’s decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cosmetic concerns will a facelift help correct?

Dr. Herbstman performs facelift surgery to help New Jersey patients:

  • Delineate the jaw line for a more clean, youthful aesthetic contour.
  • Eliminate excess fat and restore fullness to areas of need.
  • Add definition to targeted facial features and soften other features that have become overly prominent.
  • Removes excess skin to give the face a smoother, firmer, but natural appearance.

Will I need other facial treatments in combination with my facelift?

A facelift can significantly correct signs of aging, but most patients will benefit from additional treatments to achieve maximum improvement, or target other areas of concern.  For example, certain deep creases and lines cannot be resolved with a facelift alone without pulling the skin so tautly that results appear unnatural. A better approach might be combining facelift with fat grafting and with BBL™ BroadBand Light and other treatments to resolve these problems directly.

During your initial consultation at our New Jersey offices, Dr. Herbstman will take the time to evaluate and analyze your features and develop an effective, holisitic, treatment plan to achieve the type of results that you desire. In all cases patients benefit from a focus on healthy skin and techniques to help you achieve lasting improvement.

Will I still look like myself after a facelift?

Dr. Herbstman prioritizes natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results that meet or exceed his patient’s expectations. After facelift surgery, you should look like a younger fresher version of yourself, and while these results will age gracefully, you should continue to look significantly more youthful even years down the road than you would have without treatment.

What can I do to maintain my results?

Dr. Herbstman and our staff advise patients to follow a proper skin care regimen to enhance and maintain the effects of their surgery. A variety of skin care and spa services, as well as other non-surgical interventions, are available through Contemporary Plastic Surgery. This portfolio includes skin peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and Ultherapy® treatment, each customized so that patients can enjoy the benefits of their procedure for years to come.

During your consultation, Dr. Herbstman will help you determine which procedure or treatment will most effectively address your needs. Give us a call at our practice in East Brunswick or Red Bank, New Jersey to request a consultation.