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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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.

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.

Dr. Rizk featured on the Daily News and discusses about a spike in male plastic surgery. More men are seeking for plastic surgery procedures, such as male necklift surgery and lower eyelid bags plastic surgery with blepharoplasty.

Dr. Sam Rizk is featured on’s Luxury Travel section where luxury medical tourism to New York is discussed. Read more about Dr. Rizk’s medical tourism to NYC here.

38 yo female interested in improving her jawline and neck contour who underwent necklift and midline platysmaplasty (suturing the loose platysma muscle together in the neck) and midline neck liposuction as well. patient is shown postoperatively. Necklifts alone are more common in younger patients.

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67 yo female who underwent necklift and lower facelift and midline plastysma placation. Patient is shown after surgery with a much more defined jawline.

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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.

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
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Severe allergies
  • Lung/heart disease
  • Arthritis

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.

Dr. Sam Rizk discusses the benefits of cheek implants, fat grafts and a natural looking balance in the lips. Plus, the potential behind ‘PRP facelifts’.

Dr. Rizk discusses turning back the clock using cheek implants. Plus, the benefits of implants over temporary fillers.

Dr. Sam Rizk has been noticing a trend about the men who visit his New York City Facial Plastic Surgery Center. Men in their 40s and 50s are often interested in Botox, eyelid surgery, and rapid recovery neck lifts to look more refreshed and less tired, while men in their late 60s are interested in necklifts, modified deep plane facelifts and eyelid rejuvenation.

Read more about Dr. Rizk’s comments here.

In this guest editorial of PRIME magazine, Dr. Sam Rizk discusses the ever expanding global landscape of cosmetic medicine, aesthetic surgery and consumer demands.

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