Facelift Surgery

Over time, the natural aging process, gravity, and sun damage take their toll and it appears on our face and necks. The cheeks appear flattened, the youthful robust face of youth is lost, the jaw line slackens and deep creases appear about the mouth. The neck can also develop laxity with excess skin and fat deposits. A facelift surgery, often combined with a neck lift, is one of the most effective procedures to restore and correct the natural aging process of the lower face and neck. During your consultation, Dr. Christopoulos will discuss with you your goals and expectations, and recommend the correct procedure or combination of procedures for you to leave you feeling and looking rested, rejuvenated and natural.

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Ideal candidates for a Facelift are patients who wish to correct:

Laxity of the facial skin
Deep lines that form along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
Jowls
Sagging areas of skin in the neck with fat deposits

About the Procedure

Dr. Christopoulos performs her surgeries in a fully accredited outpatient surgical facility. When you’re in Chicago, facelift surgery generally takes several hours, depending on the combination of procedures performed.

Anesthesia

Dr. Christopoulos, in conjunction with an anesthesiologist, will use either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and safe during your procedure.

Incisions

A traditional facelift incision begins in the hairline at the temple, extends in front of and around the ear to end in the scalp behind the ear.

A short scar or mini facelift incision often begins in front of the ear and extends around the ear.

If a neck lift is added to your procedure, a small incision is made underneath the chin.

Through these incisions, the underlying muscles of the face and neck are tightened, fat is repositioned or transferred as needed and excess skin is redraped and removed to restore the smooth contour and refreshed look of youth.

What exactly is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical method that reduces excess facial skin making the face appear more youthful. Nevertheless, the aging face not only loses skin flexibility and establishes looser skin, it also loses fat and muscle tone. Added procedures that may be required to attain the best results include: necklift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgical treatment), liposuction, autologous fat injection, removal of buccal (cheek) fat pad, forehead lift, browlift, chemical or laser peel, and malar (cheek), submalar or chin implants.

Recovery and Results

After your facelift procedure, Dr. Christopoulos will wrap your incisions in bandages. Sometimes small drainage tubes are placed which are removed the next day and sutures are removed within one week. It is natural to expect some bruising, swelling and numbness. Your visible improvements will appear as your swelling and bruising subside. Most patients can resume normal daily activities after 10 days. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopoulos to discuss further any questions you may have.

What is facelift surgery

A facelift is a surgical method that reduces excess facial skin making the face appear more youthful. However, the aging face not only loses skin flexibility and establishes looser skin, however likewise loses fat and muscle tone. Added procedures that may be required to attain the best results include: necklift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgical treatment), liposuction, autologous fat injection, removal of buccal (cheek) fat pad, forehead lift, browlift, chemical or laser peel, and malar (cheek), submacular or chin implants.

Read more about Facelift surgery from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons here  http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift.html

How is facelift surgery carried out?

The skin and fatty tissues are then lifted off the underlying muscle and fascia (connective tissue) as far forward as is required to fix the loose skin issue. The skin is pulled back and upward and the excess skin removed. There are medical strategies which go into deeper tissues rather than under the skin and fat.

Get to Know Dr. Christopoulos

You may be asking, “who is the ideal facelift surgeon near me?”. Quite frankly, I believe you are in the right place.” Call me today and let’s sit down and discuss your options.

Summary

A facelift is very pleasing to many clients. It restores a younger appearance that lasts approximately ten years. The surgery is carried out in an outpatient setting. This is carried out in our fully accredited outpatient surgical facility. Recovery time and pain after surgery are minimal. When your dressings are removed after roughly 3-5 days, you will be able to resume social activities utilizing makeup to cover bruising and hair over the ears to conceal the stitches.

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