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In today’s busy, active society, people are thriving professionally well into their 60’s and 70’s. Thankfully, cosmetic surgery can help to address some of the changes in the face and neck that occur over time, such as sagging, volume loss, wrinkles, and dwindling definition in the jawline.

Through thoughtful, nuanced facelift surgery, clients can enjoy a refreshed, natural-looking appearance that brings them joy and confidence. Using cutting-edge techniques combined with flawless skill, Dr. Few delivers stunning results carefully adjusted to reflect your aesthetic tastes when performing his facelift surgery in Chicago.

What is a facelift?

Also called a rhytidectomy, a facelift is performed to refresh the contours that define one’s presentation to the world. Aging, gravity, and fluctuations in one’s weight can contribute to a decline in the skin’s elasticity, leaving behind wrinkles, sagging, excess fat, and a loss of definition in the midface and jawline.


To correct these issues and replenish a youthful, inviting countenance, Dr. Few performs strategic facelift surgery, balancing the features and tightening the underlying muscle structures. Liposuction may also be employed to reduce fat deposits and streamline the profile.

Facelift surgery can be customized to address the following:

  • Skin laxity and drooping contours
  • Mild to moderate wrinkles, folds, and lines
  • Volume loss in the lower face
  • Jowling
  • Submental fullness

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How is a facelift performed?

Facelift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation on an outpatient basis at our AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery clinic in Chicago. The surgery typically takes 3-5 hours, depending on the extent of the work performed and on whether the patient has opted to undergo additional treatments at the same time, such as blepharoplasty, a brow lift, or a neck lift.

Dr. Few understands the importance of creating well-hidden incisions and does everything possible to minimize scarring. Incisions are typically placed behind the ears, disappearing into the hairline. In some cases, an additional incision may be required below the chin where it is inconspicuous.

Once the incisions are created, Dr. Few will adjust the underlying facial musculature, tightening the deeper layers to effect long-lasting improvements. He will lift and firm the outer layers while preserving facial spontaneity and individuality.

Dr. Julius Few, Chicago Facelift Patient Before & After

What is Dr. Few’s approach to the facelift?

Dr. Few, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, will meet with you in private to discuss your goals for improvement, listening to your concerns and answering your questions in depth. He takes his time to understand the precise changes you seek instead of opting for a one-technique-fits-all approach. By the end of this initial meeting, Dr. Few will be able to craft a customized treatment plan that will successfully meet your needs. He then carefully executes the plan, delivering predictable, elegant results that are well-suited to your facial structure. Thanks to Dr. Few’s superior artistry and eye for aesthetic balance, you will look just like yourself after your facelift in Chicago, only more radiant and attractive.


What are the different types of facelifts available?

DEEP PLANE FACELIFT – This procedure is ideal for those patients struggling with moderate to severe signs of aging, including hollow-looking cheeks, sagging skin, and deep folds. Dr. Few will address the plane below the SMAS muscles, reducing jowling and rejuvenating the midface.

SMAS FACELIFT – SMAS stands for the superficial muscular aponeurotic system. This system can be meticulously tightened, relieving the face of sagging, folds, volume loss, and poor definition. Afterward, Dr. Few will remove fat and excess tissue, redraping the surface skin to reflect a more youthful, supple look.

MINI FACELIFT – The mini facelift is a good match for patients who are just beginning to see the signs of aging in the lower face. It can help reshape the jawline, reducing sagging skin and improving definition. The incision tends to be shorter than with a standard lift, and recovery time is often reduced as well.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

  • Lifts and elevates the midface contours
  • Tones and tightens the jawline
  • Reduces excess sagging skin and fatty tissue
  • Smoothes away lines, wrinkles, and folds
  • Enhances self-confidence
  • Beautiful, natural-looking changes

Who is an ideal candidate for a facelift?

Ideal candidates for surgery have exhausted their options for non-invasive methods of anti-aging and have decided they are ready for the long-term benefits and rejuvenation provided by a facelift. They are non-smokers at a stable weight who are free from any serious medical conditions that might interfere with their treatment. Dr. Few will assess the condition of your skin, your bone structure, muscle strength, fat content, and overall health in order to create the most personalized experience for you.


What will my recovery entail?

After your facelift at our Chicago plastic surgery clinic, you will be driven home by a friend or family member who will care for you during your first 24-48 hours of recuperation. You’ll need to stick to soft foods and liquids for several days and follow Dr. Few’s detailed aftercare instructions. He will provide you with the proper pain medications and antibiotics as well.

Taking gentle walks at first can help promote healthy circulation and can also keep your mood elevated. However, you should avoid any strenuous activities, including lifting, bending, and exercising. This will help prevent the risk of serious complications. Only resume exercise when explicitly cleared to do so by Dr. Few.

For the first two weeks, you’ll need to keep your head raised even while sleeping. This will help minimize your swelling and advance your overall healing.

Dr. Few will monitor your progress and conduct regular follow-up visits to ensure you are comfortable and at ease while you recover. Never hesitate to reach out to him if you have any concerns or questions.


How much does a facelift cost?

Facelift pricing is assessed on an individual basis, so it is difficult to give a quote over the internet. However, most facelift patients in Chicago can expect their surgeon’s fees to range from $50,000. Additional costs may include anesthesia fees, facility fees, and postoperative garment fees. Dr. Few will provide you with a customized quote for services after your initial consultation and physical evaluation.

FAQ

What other procedures can be performed at the same time as a facelift?

A facelift is often combined with a neck lift to provide a balanced approach to anti-aging. It can also be well-paired with blepharoplasty, a brow lift, rhinoplasty, or chin augmentation. Many patients undergo fat transfer simultaneously to restore natural-looking volume to the cheeks, temples, eye area, and lips. Once a facelift is completed, patients may also undergo non-surgical treatments to address enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, blemishes, and facial scarring.

Am I too old for a facelift?

Anyone can undergo facelift surgery, provided that they are healthy both physically and mentally and that they have realistic expectations for their results. Patients as old as 80 have successfully undergone the surgery. Health is more of an overall factor determining your candidacy than age.

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Dr. Julius Few is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago with a focus on rhinoplasty and facelift surgery, in addition to non-surgical options such as the Silhouette Instalift.


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