Facelifts are a common cosmetic surgery available to both men and women, done to correct the natural evidence of aging that we all experience. Unwelcome furrows, wrinkles, folds, laxity and jowls can all easily be addressed in a facelift. Available in a wide range of choices, from minimally invasive and even non-surgical to surgical, and from mini lifts to full face lifts, a great facelift is always uniquely tailored to a patient’s own personal concerns and cosmetic goals. Excellent surgeons, constantly advancing surgical techniques and a near-perfect safety record have made facelifts the 5th most popular elective surgery in the U.S.
Through careful evaluation of your aging features, Dr. Few can produce a very natural restoration of the midface, eliminate jowls and enhance the neck during your facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy.
Results are effortlessly natural, thanks to a conservative approach that has earned Dr. Few a reputation as among the best facelift surgeons in Chicago.
Whether you have early or advanced signs of aging, Dr. Few has expertise with a full spectrum of solutions to make you look your best – from a full facelift with neck lift to a mini facelift combined with ultrasound energy. During your consultation, Dr. Few will evaluate your face to determine the level of skin laxity and which kind of facelift you need to meet your goals.
A variety of other procedures may be combined with your Chicago facelift surgery procedure to enhance your outcome, including:
At TFI we have proven success using innovative ultrasound technologies to tighten and lift facial tissues and skin.
FDA-approved Ultherapy lifts and tightens face and neck tissue non-surgically.
Ask Dr. Few if you are a good candidate for the advanced facelift treatment alone, or in combination with a less invasive surgical lift, such as Ultherapy.
If you are sick and tired of looking in the mirror and not loving what you see, perhaps it is time to consider a surgical intervention. A facelift is ideal for those who are experiencing:
As with any surgery, ideal candidates are in good health, both mentally and physically, with no major medical issues, and have realistic expectation for improvement rather than perfection.
As with any surgery, complications are rare but may occur. Most are often easily corrected. Complications can include bleeding, infection, slow or poor healing or nerve damage. Rest assured with Dr. Few you are trusting a true expert in the field of facial aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Few will use either oral, IV or general anesthesia so that you remain comfortable during your procedure. Oral anesthesia procedures are performed on-site at The Few Institute in Chicago, in a fully certified procedure room.
Placement and extent of the incision area can differ based on the type of lift you have.
In both cases, fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck; underlying tissue repositioned; and deeper layers of the face and neck lifted, to result in improvement of the lower 2/3 of the face.
Dr. Few closes his incisions with sutures, skin adhesives or surgical clips. Once healed, your incision line will be well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face.
The visible improvements of your procedure will appear as the bruising and swelling subside. The healing process depends on the type of procedure or combination of procedures you have and your individual ability to heal. Our cosmetic surgeon Dr. Few is happy to answer any questions you have about the healing process. He is always striving to provide the best facelift Chicago can offer.
A mini facelift is often the procedure of choice if you are beginning to see the effects of aging on facial skin, but don’t need the extensive rejuvenation of a full facelift. A mini facelift is often performed on people under 45. A mini facelift can also be performed as a touch-up after a full facelift to maintain youthful jawline definition.
Many people who are considering having a mini facelift want to:
A mini facelift is perfect for those who are just starting to show the signs of aging. A mini facelift has a shorter recovery period than a full facelift, as the incisions are smaller and less surgical work is required. A mini facelift leads has a faster recovery and involves less swelling and bruising.
Basic recovery, providing all the proper post-operative instructions are followed, is about 10 to 14 days for most patients. Recovery varies according to age, health, skin quality, and the complexity of the surgery.
The traditional facelift creates incisions beginning in the hairline at the temple, wraps around the ear and ends at the lower scalp line. Once healed, any scarring will be well concealed in the hairline and in your natural contours.
As the swelling and any bruising subsides you will be able to see significant improvements. You should see results in three weeks, as the subtle side effects of the surgery fade. However, results should continue to improve over a year.
For the first day after your surgery, you will experience some lingering anesthesia effects and should spend the time resting while your body heals. After two or three weeks you should feel confident returning to work or social activities.
The most important thing to do is to carefully follow the aftercare instructions we provide to you. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of liquids so your body has all the nutrition it needs to recover.
You should be in good general health. Most people seeking a facelift are in the late forties or older, and have significant sagging, drooping, jowls, and wrinkles.
Results vary but a professionally-performed facelift can take at least a decade off your appearance. A facelift does not stop the aging process, but you will look refreshed, healthy, and far younger.
The results of a facelift do not go away, but the aging process doesn’t stop. You will eventually continue to show age in your face as you get older. The good news is that you will probably always look younger than if you had not undergone a facelift.
Face life surgery is considered elective and is normally not covered by insurance.
It depends on where the stitches are. The first set, the forward facing ones, should come out in about 5 days and the rest (e.g. behind the ear) in about 10 days.
Generally, in about three weeks.
Most patients can return to work in about two weeks and resume full activity in a month.
No. The scar tissue from the facelift should be protected from the sun for at least 12 months to avoid the scar tissue from becoming darker in color.
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