A facelift reverses the signs of aging by lifting the soft tissues of the face and neck, and re-draping the skin leaving a smooth and youthful result. Often a facelift is combined with browlift and eyelid surgery. Structural fat grafting may also be performed to restore volume and give the face a more youthful appearance rather than a “lifted” look. Not all people age the same and therefore different treatment plans may be necessary for different patients. A proper plan will address age related changes to skin, volume loss (atrophy), and sagging (ptosis). This will be discussed with you at length during your consultation.
Loose, extra skin in the face and neck area is best treated with a facelift. For many Chicago and Northwest Indiana facelift patients the main issues they are concerned with are loose skin in the neck, sagging jowls and folds or wrinkles around the mouth. All these concerns can be addressed with facelift surgery.
How It’s Done
The first thing to know about facelifts is that Dr. Platis never does any two exactly the same. Just as each person ages a bit differently, each facelift procedure has to be modified to address the particular needs of each person. In general, soft tissues of the face that tend to drop with age leaving jowls, sunken eyes and deep creases between the nose and mouth are lifted and re-suspended on the cheekbones where they used to be. Then, using carefully placed incisions in the hairline and behind the ear, excess skin is removed to provide a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Results and Recovery
You will have a clean, refreshed youthful appearance. Dr. Platis uses advanced techniques that allow for lifting sunken facial features without having to pull too tightly on the skin so you will not look “pulled” or unnatural. You will look like yourself, only younger. Pain is usually minimal and can be managed with oral pain medication. The patient usually returns home the same day as the surgery or the following morning. Bruising and swelling subsides in one to two weeks. The patient can then return to work or social situations.