Your age does not have to show on your face. Wrinkles, sagging skin, and other annoyances naturally appear as people grow older. Fortunately, there are ways to reverse these visible signs of aging. At our Chicago plastic surgery office, we offer a variety of different procedures to help you turn back the clock, including facelift surgery.
With facelift surgery, a more youthful appearance is restored to your face by removing excess fat and tightening muscles and skin. This results in a much smoother face that is free of wrinkles and sagging jowls.
Before your procedure, you’ll meet with Dr. Irvin Wiesman to discuss your facelift surgery goals. In order to achieve the results you desire, we need to know specifically what you’d like your facelift to accomplish. Dr. Wiesman believes that this consultation is the time for you to verbalize and describe the look you want.
Depending on the specifics of your surgery, you’ll either be given general anesthesia or IV sedation and a local anesthetic to numb your skin. For a traditional facelift, incisions are made starting near your temples and circling around the front of each ear. Then, the skin is raised so we can tighten the muscle and tissue underneath. Your own body fat is often used to help restore volume and a youthful look to avoid the need for unnecessarily pulling the skin too tight, which can create an unnatural appearance. Your skin is then placed back over your face, and the incision is sutured.
After surgery, your face will be bandaged. Typically, bandages are removed one to two days after surgery, while the sutures are removed in five to 10 days. Pain medication may be prescribed, and some swelling and bruising should be expected. A cold compress can help to relieve these symptoms. Your face may feel stiff at first, and there may be some skin numbness that can last for several months after surgery. Most Wiesman Institute facelift patients return to normal activities two to three weeks after surgery, looking and feeling younger and more attractive.
Contact Wiesman Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Institute to schedule a facelift consultation in Chicago. Dr. Irvin Wiesman will take the time necessary to talk with you and understand your vision before any cosmetic procedure. Then, he will make that vision a reality!
Are you ready to turn back the clock with a facelift in Chicago? Although you’re excited to enjoy a youthful appearance, it’s normal to be a little apprehensive before you’re ready to commit to the procedure. Dr. Wiesman will take the time to explain your plan and address any concerns during your initial consultation. To help ease any worries until your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about facelifts.
A facelift reverses the effects of age and gravity by readjusting the facial tissues that have slipped down over time. In some cases, excess skin is also removed to give you a smooth, youthful look. Although the process is referred to as a facelift, it isn’t a single procedure. Instead, it involves a group of surgical options to tighten the skin and layer of muscles underneath the facial surface. Depending on your specific needs, your cosmetic surgeon in Chicago may also position the deeper layers of tissues to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Yes! If you’re not happy with the results of an initial facelift, you can get a revision; however, don’t choose just any facial plastic surgeon. Turn to a professional who is supported by extensive experience and qualifications, like Dr. Wiesman. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a member of various professional organizations, including the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. You can feel confident knowing you are in good hands with Dr. Wiesman.
As with any surgical procedure, you can expect there to be a bit of a recovery. Although everyone heals differently, most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks. By this time, noticeable swelling and any bruising will have resolved. It is normal for swelling to remain for several weeks until your body has fully healed.
Adults in various stages of life are candidates for facelifts if they are in good health and have some loose or sagging facial skin. There isn’t a set age requirement for the treatment. In fact, patients in their 40s and into their 80s can reveal smoother, tighter skin.
Dr. Wiesman considers scaring when making his incisions. Typically, they are made above the hairline at the temple and run down to the cartilage at the front of the ear, continuing behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. This allows them to be hidden by your hair, so they will not stand out. As time passes, the scars will soften and mature, making them virtually undetectable.
Since the incisions are made in the hairline, only a small amount of hair is shaved, not your entire head. At the end of the treatment, the area that has been shaved won’t be visible because the skin is pulled back and tightened.