A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) smoothes loose skin on your face and neck and decreases visible signs of aging such as deep cheek folds and jowls. Different variations of a facelift may reposition deeper tissues and underlying fat to restore a more youthful contour to your face. Incisions are placed within the hairline and in the natural contours in front of, and behind, the ears. Modified (limited incisions) can also be done to correct only the lower face and neck at our practice in Chicago, IL.
After facelift surgery, some degree of bruising and swelling will occur, as well as temporary
numbness in the face and neck. Make-up can be worn 5 to 7 days after the procedure, and patients are often back to work within two weeks.
As we age, gravity takes its most obvious toll on our faces. Over time, we all experience a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck. If you have developed facial and neck wrinkles, deep creases between the base of your nose and the corner of your mouth (frequently referred to as parentheses) or the appearance of jowls, a facelift can help to turn back the clock.
Dr. Wiener of Chicago IL prides himself on exceptional facelift results! He carefully and skillfully creates a more rested and youthful contour to the face and neck. Each facelift is different, based on your particular needs and goals.
Types of Facelift Surgery
A facelift can vary in size from mini, or a limited facelift, to the more standard face and neck lift, depending on the location and extent of skin laxity.
A Mini-Face Lift is done to improve the face, cheeks, and jowls through a limited incision in the front of, and partially within the ear only. This is done when neck skin laxity is not a major concern. Cheek and Jowl skin is smoothed and deeper tissues, including facial fat, are elevated.
Recovery is about 1 to 2 weeks for a Mini-Face Lift. Additionally, a limited incision can be done just in front of the earlobes, stretching behind the ears to rejuvenate only the neck. Once again, recovery is about 1 to 2 weeks.
More extensive correction of the face and neck can be done with a Face and Neck Lift (SMAS LIFT). Here, the fibrous, deeper tissue which carries the facial fat, is lifted and the neck muscles are tightened. The facial skin is then repositioned, and excess skin is removed, resulting in a rested, rejuvenated appearance that looks years younger. Recovery from these more extensive rejuvenating procedures is approximately two weeks. Additional procedures, such as Eyelid Lifts, Brow Lifts and Laser Skin Resurfacing are often combined with a facelift or neck lifts to enhance the result of surgery.
The facelift operation (mini, or neck lift alone, or face and neck lift combined) is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. However, arrangements can be made for overnight stay recoveries in Chicago IL.
Facelift Surgery Recovery
After your facelift surgery, you return home with dressings that are usually removed the next day. Small, soft silicone drains may also be used, and are usually removed on the first or second postoperative day. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Sutures are removed within 5 to 7 days. Bruising and swelling decreases to socially acceptable levels in 10 to 14 days, and sooner for the Mini-Face Lift or Neck Lift. The result of a facelift procedure is evident in 4 to 6 weeks, or sooner, with continued improvement for several months.
Our group of nurses and aestheticians in Chicago will also formulate a skin care plan, both before and after your facelift procedure, to enhance the appearance of your skin and help maintain your results.
The specific risks and suitability of a facelift procedure will be determined during your consultation with Dr. Wiener. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, although major complications are unusual.
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