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Gerald Imber, M.D.



Based in New York City

There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” facelift. Surgical techniques should address specific problems, and the same procedure is not applicable to every problem and every person. A forty-nine-year-old woman does not have the same aging issues as a sixty-seven-year-old, so why should she be offered the same operation? Men want to tidy up their necks and have their skin fit. Women are concerned with wrinkles, folds, and blemishes. Why would I offer them the same single option? It doesn’t make sense. Different people in different stages of life have different requirements, this where the Limited Incision Face-Lift can be an option.

Dr. Imber’s Tips!

LIFT or Short Scar Face Lift is the gold standard modern facelift and a procedure that I pioneered and published the first 1000 cases in peer reviewed journals. It is a less invasive facelift, and applicable to all but the most severely wrinkled patients. The incision does ot distort, or elevate the sideburns as the old face lift incision, and there is no scar behind the ears, so one can wear one’s hair up without being self conscious. This is the most natural of facelifts, with incisions that rapidly become invisible.

My experience with facelift is among the widest in the country, having performed in excess of 3,000 procedures. Complications are minor, few, and far between. Patients are generally back at work in ten days. There is no pain involved, so other than three days of swelling, and significant bruising, most patients are out and about quickly.

Like many other procedures, those who do it most frequently usually do it best.

Gerald Imber, MD

What is a Limited Incision Face-Lift

The Limited-Incision Face Lift Technique that I developed is the gold standard for a facelift.

It has always been clear to me that if we are to provide a full range of maintenance and correction options, something must fill the void between simple, noninvasive skin treatments and a full face-lift. Loss of elasticity and signs of aging begin early and even if a road map of facial wrinkles has not yet appeared, relief is often welcome. Our goal is to stop the progress before the changes have pushed from youthful to matronly. Clean up the jawline, return the cheekbone prominence to what it used to be, and undo those nasolabial folds along the cheeks and lines beside the mouth. While these changes are not terrible they are beyond the scope of injections, lasers, and peels.

In the past, the most common advice was “Wait and do a full face-lift when you are ready.” Few plastic surgeons, myself included, thought very much of doing less. We were taught that anything less than a full face-lift wasn’t worth the trouble. We were wrong. Even as the nuances of the surgery and the sophistication of the profession advanced, we held to preconceived notions. But I was searching for a better solution. One that could be applied earlier, produce a natural result, and make the early middle-aged patient look appealingly young again.

It was at that point, in the mid-1980s, that I first encountered the rudiments of the S-lift, so named for its lazy S incision. A few years later, I reduced the incision further, eliminating the component in the scalp and increasing effectiveness. The result was even more natural. It corrected the loss of elasticity and drooping from the eyes to the Adam’s apple, and dramatically reduced the nasolabial fold. This was the limited incision facelift technique or short scar face-lift. It seemed to be exactly what surgeons and patients were looking for and became enormously popular. As with everything in medicine, many people have simultaneous inspiration, and one cannot lay claim to “inventing” a procedure. “Success has many authors; failure is an orphan.”

Your L.I.F.T will be performed in Dr. Imber‘s Surgery center located in NYC.

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  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

This modern mini-lift has been adopted, renamed, and publicized by many surgeons. The June 4, 2009, New York Times published a long article about the marketing of specialized face-lifts, making reference to the seminal importance of my original S-lift and the procedures it had spawned. But be warned: A new name doesn’t make a new procedure. After the journal Aesthetic Surgery published the scientific paper on the first 1,000 limited incision facelifts I had performed, I smiled at advertisements for surgeons claiming credit for the new operation. I am happy to have had something to do with devising and popularizing an excellent procedure, but the real beneficiaries are my patients, who understood that the new procedure would help them achieve and maintain a natural, youthful appearance.

I am so happy with the treatments I have been receiving at the Youth Corridor Clinic. The entire staff from the Front Desk to the medical estheticians make you feel comfortable and put you at ease. I tend to be a bit nervous about pain and this was PAIN FREE. They are happy to answer any questions that you have! My skin has never looked better and I have received so many compliments. I would recommend Youth Corridor Clinic to anyone that is looking to improve their skin!!!
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In order to understand how all this works, let’s consider the anatomy of the face, what we are trying to achieve, and the difference between face-lift procedures. The skin of the face lies on a bed of subcutaneous fat and wispy connective tissue. Only in areas of facial expression is it bound directly to the underlying muscles. That means that there are muscle-skin connections around the eyes, lips, mouth, nose, and chin, but the entire cheek and neck area, from the ears to the nasolabial fold, is free of these attachments and not closely bound to the underlying tissues. Therefore, it is easily separated and lifted. It is because of this lack of firm anchors that these areas are liable to become lax and droop as soon as the skin begins to lose elasticity. Correcting that laxity, along with the tightening of the underlying tough muscle fascia, lends itself to successful repair, or lifting. This tough layer called the subcutaneous muscular aponeurosis, or SMAS, is where much of the real pulling takes place. This tightening helps alleviate jowls and deep nasolabial folds and adds longevity to the result. The thin, flat platysma muscle, a continuation of the SMAS, which underlies the skin of the neck, is also tightened to correct the two loose bands under the chin.

How Does a Limited Incision Face-Lift Work

The limited incision facelift incision, or short-scar face-lift incision, begins in the bottom of the sideburn and follows a into the ear, behind the tragus, the little piece of cartilage that sticks out from the ear, and ends just behind the ear lobe. Incisions are hidden, and signs of surgery disappear quickly. One can confidently appear in public ten days after surgery. There is no scar in the hair or behind the ears or on the neck, and women can wear their hair up without worrying about the noticeable signs of traditional face-lifts. Because the top of the incision is in the sideburn there is no unsightly, telltale distortion of the hairline. The procedure reverses the loss of elasticity which has caused facial sagging and results in a firm, straight jawline. Ancillary procedures include microsuction of the double-chin area and corners of the mouth and fat transfers to lip lines, lips, cheekbones and chin. Eyelid surgery is done at the same time when indicated.

A Limited Incision Face-Lift takes less than two hours to perform, usually under sedation and local anesthesia. It corrects loose jowls, reduces nasolabial folds, loose neck skin, and reconstitutes the angularity of the cheekbone area. It does not correct the very lowest portion of the neck or the forehead. For these problems, other variations of the face-lift may be employed.


Male Face Lift

Your Male Face Lift will be performed in Dr. Imber‘s Surgery center located in NYC.

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors
  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

Dr. Imber’s Tips!

For numerous anatomic reasons, male face lift incisions differ from female, as do the goals. Men simply want their skin to fit and correct slack neck skin. Some 35% of my patients are men, and I have devised a number of smaller incisions to meet their needs. This is not a case of one size fits everyone. It is critical to achieve a natural result.

Gerald Imber, MD

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