Voted by peers to New York Magazine's 2013 Top Doctors - Facial Plastic Surgery; Rhinoplasty Revision; and Nasal Surgery.

Dr. Sam Rizk has been chosen as a Top Facial Plastic Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist by Castle Connolly, the #1 Organization which selects Top Physicians in every field based on recommendations by their peers. Dr. Rizk has also published his original techniques in many plastic surgery journals, which requires peer review by other plastic surgeons to deem it original and worthy of publication. Dr. Rizk is often selected by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to do their plastic surgery.


Dr. Rizk's philosophy is a customized facelift and necklift with jawline and cheek definition. Dr. Rizk does many different types of facelift and necklift surgery and customizes the lift to your face and degree of aging. One lift does not fit all patients and Dr. Rizk does not have a "signature procedure" because each face is different.

Dr. Rizk's philosophy in his lifts is a natural lift which avoids the "pulled" look of older skin lifts. He also does a facelift which not only makes a patient look YOUNGER, but also MORE ATTRACTIVE. This is an important concept because Dr. Rizk's facelifts also reposition volume from the jowls into the cheeks. He lifts in the deeper layers which encompass not only skin and muscle, but ALSO jowl FAT. This repositioning of volume is important because it creates definition, rather than just "tightness" and it looks more natural. The loose muscles in the neck are pulled and tightened behind the ears and also in the middle under the chin from a small incision under the chin.

Dr. Rizk also pioneered the use of 3-Dimentional high definition telescope systems to visualize the face better in the deeper planes, making it a much safer procedure which avoids blood vessels and other structures. With this 3D telescope technology, the scars are smaller and the recuperation is faster because the surgery becomes very precise. Rapid recovery is just as important for Dr. Rizk's New York City Park Avenue practice as is a natural and long-lasting result.

Widely respected for his advanced minimally invasive application of ground breaking surgical techniques, Dr. Sam Rizk's approach is based on philosophy that each individual procedure is tailored and customized to the individual needs of each patient. He uses minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to reduce downtime. Dr. Rizk is focused not only on a natural result but also on the speed of a patient's recovery. To optimize this intent Dr. Rizk uses preoperative as well as intraoperative and postoperative minimally invasive techniques and medications to achieve this rapid healing.

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Treatment Trending Among 40-Year Old Women

Facelift Before & After

January 28th, 2016


56 year old female patient wanted a variety of facial improvements which included a necklift, facelift, partial brow lift, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty. Patient is shown after fully recovering from the procedures.

Facelift Before & After

January 28th, 2016


75 yo male interested in improving his drooping nose and loose neck. Patient wants a very natural procedure. Patient underwent endonasal rhinoplasty to lift nose tip and bump reduction conservatively as well as a lower facelift and necklift. Patient is shown 6 months postoperatively.

Facelift Before & After

January 28th, 2016


55 year old female who underwent lower facelift and necklift as well as midline platysmaplasty. Patient is shown 1.5 years after the facelift.

Facelift Before & After

April 27th, 2015


62 year old male patient who underwent mainly a neck lift and lower facelift (to address jowls) and is shown 3 months postoperatively. His main concern as it is for most men is neck jowls and a natural appearance.

A new article on discusses how the demand of plastic surgery is on the rise. The reporter suggests that part of the 33% increase in the number of procedures in the last two years can be attributed to rising popularity of taking selfies that focus much of the shot on a person face, zeroing in on flaws and deformities. Dr. Rizk explains that he often sees patients who use filters on apps like Instagram to show him how they would like to look like following surgery. For him, it is a sign they “would rather enhance their own natural beauty than look like somebody else.” Click here to read the full article:

For Dr. Rizk, the most rewarding part of facial plastic surgery is really changing a patient’s life and being able to witness that happiness firsthand. Dr. Rizk received this card from a former patient whom he performed a revision rhinoplasty on. This patient had two previous nosejobs that resulted in emotional and physical scarring. Dr. Rizk corrected the functional and aesthetic concerns and is happy to report that the patient is doing phenomenally well.


Before & After

January 28th, 2014

This is a lip lift on a 55 yo female who has a long distance between her mouth and her upper lip. Fillers alone would not help this patient as it would push lips too much forward rather than upwards. The postoperative picture is only 6 days postoperatively so patient is still red and stitches are still dissolving.

As one of the most sought out experts in New York, Dr. Sam Rizk was invited to speak at the Harmonie Club about the latest advances in facial plastic surgery on December 2, 2013.

New York facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk is featured in Surgical Aesthetics, where he discusses catering services he offers patients from abroad. As one of the most celebrated and talked about New York facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Rizk gets 40% of his business from abroad!

Facelift Before & After

October 14th, 2013


Our female patient in her mid-20’s underwent chin augmentation and neck liposuction to address excess fat under her chin as well as the size of her chin. Photos are seen a week post-surgery. Notice the improvement in her jawline and profile with little bruising or redness.

Want to find the best facial plastic surgeon in the US to perform your facelift? Well, our New York double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk offers patients a high level of patient satisfaction, have advanced skill in performing facelifts, and have the highest level of training, education and experience. As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Rizk had to complete a lengthy, rigorous process that few have achieved. Click here to read more about how and why Dr. Rizk is considered one of the top face lift doctors in America.

Do you want a face lift, but not sure how to find the best facelift doctor? Well, our NYC double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk can guide you in selecting the best face lift surgeon for you. Remember that the best surgeon for one patient may not be the best surgeon for another. Click here to read about how you can select the facelift doctor for your surgery.

Dr. Sam Rizk discusses facial plastic surgery and answers frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty in his feature on WOW NOW. As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in New York, Dr. Rizk’s approach to all facial plastic surgery procedures are unique to each individual. Learn more by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rizk.

Dr. Sam Rizk noticed a rise in facial plastic surgery in males. Dr. Rizk notes that among men, neck lifts, nose jobs, and removing eyelid bags are the most popular procedures. Because of an increase in male necklifts being performed, Dr. Rizk pioneered his Rapid Recovery Neck Lift procedure to allow his patients to return to work earlier. Read more about Dr. Rizk’s findings here.

Dr. Sam Rizk is featured in an American Health & Beauty article discussing the increase of necklift surgery in women. Read more about why women consider getting a neck lift over a facelift by clicking here. Dr. Rizk believes women get necklifts because they tend to pay more attention to their face than necks. This can increase collagen loss and allow wrinkles to form.

The results of a facelift may look unnatural when incisions are made in the wrong locations, when too much lifting occurs in certain areas, and/or when the wrong procedure or combination of procedures are performed, among other factors.

To avoid these issues, choose an experienced facial plastic surgeon with a natural sense of artistry, such as Dr. Rizk.

To avoid an unnatural look, Dr. Rizk is careful to place the incisions strategically. This helps avoid the classic “wind-blown” look many patients fear. He also keeps lifting to a minimum in certain areas such as the upper face and lateral orbital area, while lifting more in the deep plane near the jowl and neck.

Dr. Rizk also tailors treatment to the patient to prevent an unnatural look. In other words, he assesses each patient’s needs to determine if a facelift or perhaps a combination of procedures will work best for the patient. If you do have a facelift, supplemental treatments may be recommended, such as Restylane to fill in the nasolabial folds.

Dr. Rizk also uses tissue glues whenever possible in order to eliminate the need for drains and certain incisions.

Recovery is an important factor in attaining a positive, natural outcome from your facelift procedure. For this reason, Dr. Rizk often recommends having a private plastic surgery nurse to monitor swelling and other issues. He will also likely advise you to use arnica montana and other postoperative skin products, and he may prescribe you medications for optimal healing.

Caring for your skin following a facelift is more complicated than with less-invasive procedures. In addition to everyday skin care you will need to properly care for your wounds and control any swelling.

The general guidelines for skin care after a facelift are essentially the same whether a patient is 40, 50 or 60 years of age. However, older patients do heal slower, so measures taken to aid healing may be even more important in older patients.

Skin care after a facelift is often a continuation of your preoperative regimen. In your initial consultation with your surgeon, he or she may prescribe you specific skin care products to use both before and after your surgery.¬ These products can help to minimize discoloration and brown spots as well as get rid of dead skin cells.

To minimize swelling your surgeon will likely advise you to keep your head elevated while sleeping, and use cold compresses, for a few days. He or she may also recommend using herbal remedies such as arnica montana.

It is important to avoid the sun — as well as topical treatments or cosmeceuticals — for at least a few days. This is especially true with procedures like facelift where there are open wounds or broken skin. However, you will need to apply antibiotic ointment to your wounds until they have healed.

After the first few days your surgeon may advise you to use products to avoid discoloration, and to use sunscreen with an SPF of about 40. (Stronger sunscreens can block your pores, which is not good for healing.)

While your wounds are healing, avoid picking at them, as this can lead to scarring or infection.

Finally, hydration is an important part of your skin care regimen after a facelift. Drink at least six glasses of water per day. This helps rejuvenate the skin and flush out toxins.

Facelift Before & After

July 30th, 2013

55 yo female who underwent a facelift, neck lift and upper lower eye lift. She is shown a year after surgery and has minimum hidden scars behind the ears and under chin. Dr. Rizk used the high-definition telescope to help minimize the scars.

Dr. Rizk featured on Examiner answers questions about plastic surgery. Read more to learn about how to choose a plastic surgeon, the differences between modified vs. deep plane facelifts, 3D high definition rhinoplasty and rapid recovery neck lifts.

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