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One of the critical conclusions he has reached is that top-quality results cannot be rushed! Some physicians (and patients) feel there are shortcuts to getting the results they seek – the truth is that there is no such thing as a quality quick lift – Dr. Leong believes in taking the time to get world-class results for you.


What does Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery represent?

At Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery, we represent transparency and integrity in everything we do. Dr. Leong tells his patients the truth about their upcoming treatment—even if it’s something they don’t want to hear. He is dedicated to his patients’ well-being, and that means ensuring they are fully informed about all factors before undergoing treatment. Additionally, Dr. Leong’s focus is to create natural results, never fake or overdone. Rest assured, when you come to Sistine for treatment, you are walking into an environment of technical excellence and high integrity.

It’s your face. Trust it to a specialist.

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Facelift surgery in Pittsburgh

For many years, Dr. Leong has routinely lectured about state-of-the-art facelift surgery at international conferences and plastic surgery departments in Pittsburgh, around the United States, Europe, and Asia.

At Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery, it is important that our patients have full access to his thought process and approach to facelift surgery, and invite you to review the unabridged videos of many of these lectures on this site. As you’ll hear in these videos, all facelift surgery is not created equally. In these videos, and during your consultation, Dr. Leong prefers to use the same vocabulary that surgeons use in their professional literature and at professional meetings.

For example, there are several broad categories of our Pittsburgh facelift surgery (skin-only facelifts, plication facelifts, imbrication facelifts, deep plane facelifts, and Hi-SMAS facelifts).

As opposed to describing facelifts in terms of over-marketed brand-name procedures, an exercise which purpose is more to confuse and obscure than to assist and educate patients – Dr. Leong works to keep it real and tell you what it takes to get great results. Please take a look at Dr. Leong’s before and after pictures and draw your own conclusions.

Not only was I very happy with my experience, I was thrilled beyond description! How fortunate am I that I landed an appointment with a true professional that excels at what he does? Not only was he prompt but Dr. Leong spent a great deal of time discussing my issues, concerns and goals.

Review from AngiesList.com

The results were more than I possibly could’ve hoped for. I had a facelift with Dr. Leong. The results were incredible. I have heard he is the best facelift surgeon in the region and I couldn’t agree more. I would recommend him to anyone.

Review from RateMds.com

Types of Facelifts

There is a great deal of marketing focused on promoting certain types of branded facelifts. Most of this marketing is quite misleading and glosses over important details of how the facelift is done and which facelift might be best for you. It’s important to research exactly what the surgery entails, how extensive it is and what techniques will be used.

Dr. Leong spent many years of formal education and training at some of the best institutions to develop facial plastic surgery skills. More importantly, years of experience focused on facelift surgery have allowed him to develop an approach to facelifts that delivers natural appearing and long-lasting results and is arguably the best facelift Pittsburgh has to offer.

What are the main considerations surrounding a facelift procedure?

Patients have several worries as they consider a facelift. They are concerned about whether their procedure will be safe and if they will have any complications. Your best assurance that your procedure will be smooth and without difficulties is to select a surgeon with extensive training and a good deal of experience with the facelift procedure. Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery confines itself to facial plastic and aging face/facelift surgeries, which comprise more than half of the surgical practice.

Patients are also concerned that they may not get a natural appearing result and that their results may not last as long as they could. Dr. Leong is very passionate that his patients should get a result that looks completely natural. As everyone says at Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery, “If it doesn’t look natural, it doesn’t look good.”

This is a key weakness of many of these lunchtime lifts that we all see advertised on infomercials and elsewhere. It is simply impossible to compress top quality facial plastic work into a couple of hours.

Many patients that have these commercial lifts end up with a very pulled and unnatural look that is very hard to correct.

Obtaining a result that is long lasting, as well as natural appearing, is completely dependent upon the technical details of how the procedure is performed. Dr. Leong has trained with and learned from some of the finest facelift surgeons in the world. This factor, combined with years of experience, has allowed him to provide consistent high-quality results for his patients.

How does Dr. Leong reduce your downtime following a facelift?

Dr. Leong understands that the lifestyle of many facelift patients makes it difficult to take an extended period of time off of work. While the actual facelift surgery is never rushed, Dr. Leong makes every effort to reduce the time required to fully recover from your facelift surgery and get back to your normal life.

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What procedures may be combined with a facelift?

It is important to note that facelift surgery does not address all signs of aging, such as wrinkles near the eyes or lines around the mouth. Facelift surgery can be performed in combination with other surgeries such as fat transfer, cheek/chin implants, facial liposuction, upper or lower eyelid lift, or browlift surgery.

Paul Leong MD FACS

The Facial Specialist

Dr. Leong completed his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then dedicated the next seven years honing his skills specifically in head, face, and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh—a university consistently ranked among the top five otolaryngology programs in the country. Dr. Leong continued to develop his surgical skills through a fellowship in Advanced Oncologic Surgery of the Head and Neck at the Pittsburgh Medical Center. This was followed by yet another fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

What is the cost of a Facelift and Face-neck lift in Pittsburgh?

Like any service, patients are naturally interested in the cost of their facelift in Pittsburgh. There are various sources of information on how much a facelift can cost. You’ll find that these costs can vary around the country and in Pittsburgh. The cost of a full facelift in Pittsburgh, which typically includes rejuvenation of the neck, ranges between $14,000 and $25,0000.

Dr. Leong will quote a definite price for your facelift or face-neck lift at the end of your consultation. This price will include all anesthesia and operating room fees. As you might expect, each patient’s surgery is highly unique, and Dr. Leong must examine your anatomy and review your goals before a quote can be provided.

Is it safe to smoke after my Facelift?

Although the risks and complications are almost always increased for smokers during any surgical procedure, it is tremendously higher for a facelift surgery. This is because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that reduces blood flow to the tissues. Surface area inside the blood vessels decreases when vasoconstriction occurs, which also results in a rise in blood pressure. Healing is greatly compromised due to this.

In addition, the carbon monoxide in the smoke displaces oxygen from the blood which then reduces the oxygen flow to the healing tissues. This combination increases the risk of the elevated skin from the facelift, which therein also increases the risk of skin necrosis. It is recommended to discontinue smoking preferably six to eight weeks prior to surgery as well as six to eight weeks after surgery to avoid these complications. It’s very important to understand that reducing smoking will not be enough—the patient must stop smoking completely in order to make the risk of surgery acceptable.

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To learn more about Facelift Surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Leong to talk more about this treatment, please contact Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery today.

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