Facelifts

As we age, we sometimes find that our outward appearance no longer reflects how we feel inside. The years that pass us by can bring deep wrinkles and unwanted sagging skin, making us feel unrecognizable to the young, vibrant person we once were.

Facelift surgery is a common procedure that turns back the hands of time just enough to allow that inner glow to shine through. Keep reading to learn what our experts at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery can help you achieve with a facelift. Afterward, schedule your initial no-pressure consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

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What is a Facelift?

Facelift surgery, known medically as a rhytidectomy, is a customizable surgical procedure that’s used to soften wrinkles and lift sagging skin in the face and neck. Facelifts utilize a variety of techniques to achieve results, and each procedure is customized to fit the individual’s needs.

At Northwestern, our experienced plastic surgeons work with you to decide on the techniques that will best meet your needs.

Depending on your goals, we may use techniques such as muscle tightening, laser resurfacing to smooth fine lines, dermal fillers to restore fullness, and liposuction to remove excess fat deposits. In combination, these techniques help you achieve a more vibrant, youthful appearance. A facelift rejuvenates naturally, and no one should be able to tell that work has been done, only that the face appears younger and more vibrant.

A facelift permanently turns back the hands of time, but it does not stop the aging process. With good sun habits, daily skincare, and periodic treatments, like chemical peels, micro-needling, or laser treatments, you can continue to slow the effects of aging.


Benefits of a Facelift

The general benefit of a surgical facelift is that this treatment can make you appear 10 to 15 years younger. A facelift focuses on both the upper and lower regions of the face. At Northwestern, we also perform fat grafting to address issues in the upper facial region, such as deflated temples and sagging eyelids.

As we age, the fat in our faces tends to drop and settle into undesirable areas. By harvesting fat from another area and injecting it into areas in the face, such as the temples, cheeks, tear trough, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and upper lids, we can revitalize your facial structure and re-volumize these depleted areas.

Using these techniques, the facelift can improve flattened or sagging cheeks, jowls at the sides of the jawline, undereye bags, loose skin under the jawline, sagging skin around the nose and mouth, deep creases around the nose and mouth, and hollowed eyelids and temples.


Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

If your skin has become looser and you are noticing more lines and wrinkles, facelift surgery may be right for you! If you are looking to address these issues, but are looking for something with less downtime, non-surgical options for facelifts are also available.

We highly recommend setting up a consultation with one of our doctors before deciding on a procedure. We’ll perform an exam, review your health history, and discuss your personal goals to ensure a facelift will be a safe and effective option for you.


Full Facelift

Full Facelift

A facelift is a customized treatment plan based on individual needs. One of the most popular types of techniques is the full facelift. The full facelift sculpts the lower face and neck by repositioning muscle and dermal tissues into a higher and slightly tighter drape across the mid-face skeletal structure.

Excess tissue is trimmed to allow the skin to lie smoothly over repositioned anatomy. This technique lifts skin that has begun to sag at the jawline, chin, and neck. The full facelift is typically performed through incisions in front of and around the ears, where scarring is minimal. It is similar to a neck lift.


Mid-Facelift in Chicago

Mid-Facelift in Chicago

The mid-facelift is a “mini” lift that focuses on the cheeks and undereye area to restore a firm, taut appearance. The mid-facelift is conducted through small incisions in front of the ears. This approach will not change the appearance of your neck.


Deep Plane Facelift

Deep Plane Facelift

The deep plane facelift is comprehensive and offers long-lasting results. This technique manipulates the layer of muscle that lies over the bony structures in the mid-face. The procedure releases muscles from points of attachment and repositions them to create a more youthful foundation.


SMAS Facelift

SMAS Facelift

The SMAS lift addresses the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System, a more superficial layer of muscle tissue that becomes lax and loose with age. A SMAS lift helps to tighten muscles in various directions to achieve a naturally younger-looking aesthetic.


What to Expect From the Procedure

Facelift surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The surgery will take between 3 and 4 hours, and you’ll be able to return home afterward. You should plan on having someone drive you home after the procedure and care for you the first night after surgery.


Recovery After Facelift Surgery

For the first few days after surgery, you can expect to feel some discomfort, although your surgeon will usually prescribe medication to ease pain and swelling. Your head will be wrapped in a dressing for the first few days. You’ll be able to remove it to shower.

After 1-2 weeks, most patients start to look and feel like themselves again, and you can resume work and daily activities at this time. Keep in mind that some residual swelling and bruising is normal and may last for a few months post-surgery, even if you are feeling back to normal.


Schedule a Consultation with our Award-Winning Chicago Facelift Surgeons

Schedule a Consultation with our Award-Winning Chicago Facelift Surgeons

If you’re considering cosmetic surgery to restore a youthful appearance, a facelift may be a great option for you. At Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery, our doctors are committed to patient education so we can help you feel confident moving forward with treatment.

Call us today at (312) 266-6240 to set up your initial no-pressure consultation.



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