Facelift Overview

Over the course of our lives, a combination of factors begin to take a toll on our faces. Gravity, sun and even stress cause us to develop wrinkles and deep creases in our necks, jaws and faces. These signs of aging can be counteracted through a facelift, one of the most powerful procedures for facial rejuvenation. The facelift tightens the muscles under the skin, removes excess fat and skin, and gives the face a younger, fresher look. It is not uncommon for patients to look 10 or 15 years younger following a facelift procedure.

Facelifts, technically known as rhytidectomies (which means “removal of wrinkles”), are designed to rejuvenate the skin from the mid-to-lower face and neck. Facelifts are very effective for patients who want to reduce:

  • Midface sagging
  • Deep creases under the eyes
  • Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
  • Sagging areas of fat
  • Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw

Great candidates for a facelift include individuals who:

  • Would like to improve one or more of the signs of aging
  • Are men or women whose faces have started to droop, but whose skin still has some stretch elasticity
  • Are healthy overall
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are considering a facelift to feel better about themselves, not because someone else is pushing them to have a facelift.

It’s important to add that facelifts will not rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and some areas on the midface. Patients who want to improve these areas may consider combining a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Facial implants, injectable soft-tissue fillers, facial implants, and skin resurfacing can also increase the outcome of a facelift.

Your Consultation

We welcome you to contact us and make an appointment in our Chicago office for a free consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. Your consultation is the best time to discuss any questions or concerns you might have on the facelift. During your consultation, your board-certified surgeon will also help educate you on what to expect for the facelift procedure, like how the procedure is completed, what the risks and complications are, and what the recovery will be like. You can expect to discuss a quote for the price of the procedure, and you should be ready to provide a comprehensive medical history for the physician.

It’s important to communicate what your aesthetic goals are, so that your surgeon can get a better idea as to how the facelift can help you. Your surgeon will also discuss alternative options to the facelift, if needed.

The Procedure

Your facelift will be an outpatient procedure that’s performed in our Chicago based surgery center. You will be put under general anesthesia, and your surgeon will make small incisions that go from the temples, to the ears, to the lower part of your scalp. The incision should be well hidden along the hairline and the lines of the face. Your surgeon will then create a skin flap and move or reduce tissue and fat under the skin. The muscle layer under the skin will be lifted, excess skin will be trimmed, and the incisions will be closed.

Your Recovery

It’s quite common to experience some bleeding and swelling immediately after your facelift. A typical facelift recovery spans from 10 days to 2 weeks. After your facelift, your head and face will be wrapped with a bandage that goes around the chin to reduce bleeding and swelling. Bandages or dressings have to be worn for up to a week after the procedure, only to be taken off during activities like showering or eating. After that the dressings can be worn only during sleep. You and your surgeon will make a recovery schedule for your facelift, and discuss a recovery regimen and how to take care of your incisions.

Before and After Pictures

To see just how natural and balanced our facelift procedures are, visit our Before and After Gallery to see real patients with real results.

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If you would like to learn more about getting a facelift, or to learn more about our other cosmetic surgery options, call now to schedule a free consultation with our esteemed surgeon Dr. Leonard Lu at (847) 367-8815. Our surgeons deliver remarkable results and specialize in patient care. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.