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.
September 24th, 2013
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.
September 20th, 2013
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.
August 13th, 2013
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.
What skin care regimen should I follow after a facelift? Is there a difference with age? 40 vs 50 vs 60?
August 6th, 2013
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.
It depends what type of injury you sustained and when you sustained it. In any case, the injury needs to be evaluated by your facial plastic surgeon. But this does not mean you will need another facelift.
In the first six weeks after a face lift, an injury to the face needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if any surgical touch-up treatment is needed. For example, if the injury affected your incisions, this will need to be addressed.
If the injury occurred six weeks or more after your facelift, it will likely be treated as would any injury to face. Your surgeon will examine you to determine if there are any bony or soft tissue injuries that need to be treated.
If you injured your face after a facelift, contact your surgeon immediately for instructions on how to proceed.
April 29th, 2013
There are a number of situations and conditions that may preclude you from having a facelift. Generally speaking, good candidates for facelift are non-smokers in good physical and mental health with realistic expectations.
If you currently smoke and are interested in having a facelift, you need to quit smoking well in advance of surgery. Most surgeons won’t even consider performing cosmetic surgery on patients who smoke.
If you suffer any of the following, facelift may not be for you:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Bleeding disorders
- High cholesterol
- Severe allergies
- Lung/heart disease
Patients with diminished skin elasticity (typically older patients) are not good candidates for facelift.
Face lift is an amazing procedure that can have a dramatic results, but it’s not for everyone. It will not transform your life, so if this is your expectation, you probably aren’t a good candidate for the procedure.
Also, some patients are better suited to other procedures such as neck lift or brow lift. Younger patients can often benefit from a less-invasive facial rejuvenation procedure.
If you are interested in having a facelift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rizk to learn if you are a good candidate.