What is a facelift?

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.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

  • Deep furrows and expression lines are smoothed
  • Natural curves are restored
  • The jaw and neckline are defined
  • A younger, relaxed and energized face is revealed

Results are effortlessly natural, thanks to a conservative approach that has earned Dr. Few a reputation as among the best facelift surgeons in Chicago.

Lift and tighten with a Facelift

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:

  • Facial implants
  • Soft tissue fillers
  • Resurfacing techniques
  • Botulinum toxin injections

High-tech facelifts

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.

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Advantages of a facelift at TFI include:

  • Helps to counteract the most damaging signs of aging
  • Helps to smooth away wrinkles, fine lines, creases and folds
  • Restores self-confidence in one’s image
  • Creates a more well-rested facial expression
  • Provides well-hidden, inconspicuous scars
  • Helps make a better first impression, professionally as well as socially
  • Long-lasting, permanent results
  • Naturally-looking outcomes
  • Multiple techniques for comprehensive improvement

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

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:

  • Sagging jowls
  • Deflation of the midface
  • Wrinkling in the temples and brow
  • Overall tired-looking aesthetic

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.

What are the risks associated with a facelift?

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.

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Facelift Procedural Steps


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.

Facelift Incisions and repositioning

Placement and extent of the incision area can differ based on the type of lift you have.

  • A traditional rhytidectomy incision begins in the hairline at the temple, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp.
  • A mini facelift has an even shorter incision around the ear. This is the least invasive surgical facelift and limited to pulling up the muscle and tissue under the skin.

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.

  • A neck lift is often part of a facelift procedure. A neck lift can also be a stand-alone procedure for the right person. This involves an incision placed under the chin and/or behind the ears to tighten the underlying muscles of the neck and reposition sagging skin. This approach does not typically produce the same level of result as a facelift, but it can be a nice alternative for the patient with moderate aging changes.
  • A mid facelift, or cheek lift, lifts the falling lower lid and cheek junction to improve the lower eyelid, remove fat bags, and restore volume to the central portion of the face.

Closing the incisions

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.

Your Facelift Results

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.

Mini Facelift

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:

  • Lift the neck area
  • Reduce the look of an aging neck
  • Reduce the appearance of jowls, wrinkles, or lax facial skin
  • Restore youthful definition to neck and chin
  • Have a more defined jawline

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.

Facelift FAQ

How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

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.

Will a facelift leave me with scars?

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.

When will I see results?

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.

When will I be back on my feet?

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.

What practices and routines should I observe during my healing period?

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.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

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.

How much younger will I look?

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.

How long does a facelift last?

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.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a facelift?

Face life surgery is considered elective and is normally not covered by insurance.

When do the stitches come out?

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.

When can I resume exercising?

Generally, in about three weeks.

When can I go back to work?

Most patients can return to work in about two weeks and resume full activity in a month.

Is sunlight good for healing?

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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