Many would argue that the face is the most prominent feature of one’s appearance, making it a premiere focus of plastic surgery procedures and treatments. For those wishing to restore their youthful looks, eliminate wrinkles and diminish the appearance of jowls, fine lines and folds in the skin, facelift surgery is an ideal cosmetic option. There are many factors that can affect one’s facial appearance, including over-exposure to the sun, smoking, weight loss or weight gain, gravity, stress and personal genetics.
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to tighten your facial and neck skin and underlying muscles to give you a smoother and more youthful appearance. Facelift surgery is performed by making very small incisions that start in the hairline near the temples and continue in front of the ears, around the ear lobes, behind the ears and then back into the hairline. For procedures in which the neck needs specific lifting, a small incision will be made under the chin. After the incisions are made the excess facial skin and underlying muscles are tightened, creating a smooth and refreshed appearance. After the lift is performed and the skin redraped, our Chicago facelift surgeon will use synthetic stitches to close the incisions. Minimally invasive procedures with smaller access incisions for lifting of facial tissue in conjunction with fillers (fat, Radiesse or Restalyne) as well as minimal liposuction contouring of the neck can be done to restore a youthful appearance with lesser downtime and healing period. Each facelift Chicago patient’s needs will be addressed and a variety of options will be offered based on their needs, available time for healing as well as finances.
Some face lift patients may need a drain tube after their surgery to allow excess fluid to drain from the incision. The bandage will stay in place for about 1-2 days and you may experience some swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours after your facelift procedure. Your stitches will remain in until your one week follow-up visit. Although a facelift cannot halt the aging process, it can help in turning back the clock on your appearance, giving you a more youthful, refreshed look which can help give your self-esteem a major boost.
The best candidates for facelift cosmetic surgery in Chicago are men and women who have the following characteristics: facial and neck skin that has begun to sag but still possesses good elasticity, a strong and well-defined bone structure, a well-defined jaw line, deep wrinkles in the cheeks and loose skin or excess fatty tissue in the neck. Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who are in good emotional and physical health, do not smoke, have realistic expectations for their surgery and are well-informed of what the procedure entails and what to expect from the outcome. Since each individual has his or her own unique facial features, physical reactions and healing abilities, the results of facelift surgery vary with each patient and are never 100% predictable. Facelift surgery is also commonly combined with other cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, forehead and brow lifts, facial implants and Botox treatments for a more profound rejuvenation of the face. For more information about having a facelift in Chicago, Illinois, contact Dr Gikas at (773) 878-6525.
Before and after facelift pictures are here in our photo gallery.
About Dr. Elias Gikas
With several years of experience as a Chicago facelift and facial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Gikas has helped numerous facelift, brow lift and rhinoplasty Chicago patients realize their aesthetic dreams. His advanced skill helps meet the needs of revision rhinoplasty Chicago patients. He also has extensive knowledge of advanced body contouring techniques. As a result, he has earned the distinction of becoming one of the most highly sought-after Chicago liposuction and tummy tuck surgeons.