What are the different types of facelift?
Different terms are used to describe facelift procedures, depending on the area treated. Most facelifts include a neck lift. A lower facelift treats the jowls and the neck while an upper facelift, in addition to that, also elevates the cheeks. A midface lift can be done as part of a facelift procedure or as a separate procedure.
What are the areas not improved with facelift?
The upper and lower lip lines and wrinkles are not improved with facelift alone. Another procedure, like chemical peel, laser treatment or dermabrasion, is usually needed to treat those lines. The lower eyelids will have some improvement mainly at the junction of the eyelid and upper cheek, especially when fat grafting is performed. However, if significant improvement in lower lid fat bags and skin tightening are desired, then a lower lid lift or blepharoplasty can be combined with a facelift.
Where are the incisions placed?
Incisions are hidden within the hairline and around the ears. Sometimes, another small incision is placed on the undersurface of the chin to address the neck.
How long do the results last?
Facelift results can last for up to 10 years. You will continue to age naturally after facelift surgery. Skin care is critical to maintain the results and slow the aging process.
How tight and swollen is my face going to be?
A natural look is the goal! The procedure’s aim is to restore the youthful skin tone without making you look unnaturally tight. Fat grafting is performed in small amounts in very specific areas or compartments. The end result should be a subtle change yet a noticeable improvement. It should never be unnaturally full cheeks.
What to Expect
Facelift is performed as an outpatient procedure, often under general anesthesia. If the degree of improvement desired is minimal, then local anesthesia with sedation can be considered. Sometimes a drain is placed and removed the following day.
You can engage in light activity starting the following day of surgery. Return to normal activity and exercise may take one to two weeks. Minimal bruising is to be expected after surgery and it subsides within a week. Post-operative swelling is normal, especially when fat grafting is performed, and resolves gradually over one to two weeks.
Contact Dr. Alghoul
If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alghoul in our Chicago, IL office to discuss facelift surgery, please call (312) 695-3654.