Plastic Surgery Face Lift Chicago
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Turning back the signs of aging in the face and neck can range from using nonsurgical options to electing a facelift (rhytidectomy) and neck lift. Facial aging is accelerated by gravity, excessive sun exposure, and smoking. The signs are seen on the surface of the face and neck skin as wrinkles and in the deeper layers of the face and neck as soft tissue loss that intensifies skin sagging. Due to this, many people look into facelifts as a solution to help mitigate these physical attributes while still maintaining a natural-looking image.
What is a Face Lift?
A face lift surgery can offer a number of benefits to improve the overall appearance of the face. Through various techniques, a face lift can help reduce areas with sagging skin and smoothen the appearance of the cheeks, jawline, and any prominent folds in the skin. It’s important to note that a face lift won’t have any effect on skin damage caused by sun exposure, but it does wonders to help provide a more youthful appearance.
During a face lift procedure, a specific area of the skin on both sides of the face is pulled back, which offers a tighter look to the skin that’s full of vitality. It also entails alterations to the skin underneath, but once excess skin is removed and everything is healed, these changes shouldn’t be all that noticeable.
Regardless of how badly you want to pursue a face lift, you must talk with a professional to ensure you’re an optimal candidate for the procedure. Even if it seems like a relatively simple cosmetic procedure, any body alteration like this can have pros and cons. However, working with Dr. Casas ensures you’re getting top-notch care from beginning to end.
What’s the First Step?
During the initial consultation, Dr. Casas may ask you to point out exactly what you would like to see improved. Dr. Casas may discuss with you additional surgical and nonsurgical procedures that can be performed to improve your result. A face lift is frequently combined with a forehead lift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Weeks prior to surgery, Dr. Casas will prepare your skin for surgery with skin care products incorporating retin-A and often times Botox®, fillers, and soft tissue volumetric agents.
A face lift usually takes several hours, and the scars are usually concealed in the hairline and in the crease behind the ear. The goal of the face and neck tightening is to look “fresh,” not pulled and too tight. There are many technique options that Dr. Casas will discuss with you so that your face and neck lift are customized to meet your expectations. After surgery, Dr. Casas will place protective bandages around your head. These bandages will be removed two or three days after surgery.
Each patient recovers at a different pace, and Dr. Casas will instruct you to take supplements before and after surgery that will help to decrease swelling and bruising. Massage therapy is also used to quicken the recovery process. Most patients are back to work in ten to fourteen days and are fully recovered by three to six months. Although there’s a definitive step-by-step process to recovery, it’s essential that you follow aftercare instructions to protect your results and overall health as you heal.
Each person’s body and aesthetics are different, so results are bound to vary to some degree. Regardless of what’s required for your specific procedure, Dr. Casas has no doubt you’ll love the final results. At the same time, Casas Aesthetics provides everything you need to heal as quickly as possible without compromising the recovery process that a face lift requires.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, administered by massage, is used after each procedure to reduce swelling. The number of sessions is individualized. It is important that patients follow a healthy lifestyle leading up to and following procedures, including non-smoking, a healthy diet, and daily vitamins. Click here to learn more.
The Casas Aesthetics Difference
Dr. Casas and her team use Alastin Products with Tripeptides and Hexapeptides to improve and hasten your recovery following procedures. Her research shows that by using topical treatment following procedures, there is less postprocedural swelling, pain, and discomfort. There is also an overall improved skin quality visually and to the touch. Here at Casas Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we strive to optimize patient experience and satisfaction following procedures. If you’re looking for an alteration in your appearance, Casas Aesthetics provides a facelift that Chicago has grown to trust. Read more research down below, and contact us at 847-657-6884 if you have any questions at all.
Topical Treatment with Tripeptide and Hexapeptide Following Body-Contouring Procedures Improved Patient-Reported Recovery Outcomes
What Are The Potential Risks?
As a face lift surgery is fairly invasive, a handful of risks are associated with it. Before you ever move forward with an appointment, Dr. Casas will be sure to cover the potential risks with you in detail. Some of these include scarring from the incisions, potential for nerve injury, hair loss in the surgical area, and more. There are also a handful of reasons as to why a surgeon may advise against a face lift procedure. Those who are reliant on blood-thinning medication, are avid smokers, have existing medical conditions, or even have significant weight changes can all have detrimental effects on a face lift surgery. You should always discuss these with your surgeon, as your safety and health in the long term is more important than anything else.
How Much Does A Face Lift Cost?
This will always vary based on each surgeon and their location, but Casas Aesthetics is known to be as financially friendly as possible to provide a face lift cost Chicago can appreciate. However, based on statistics, most face lift surgeries cost somewhere between $7,000 to $8,000 by the end of it. It’s also important to understand that a face lift is a cosmetic procedure, and there’s a good chance your insurance company won’t be able to help with the cost. Due to this, Casas Aesthetics would be happy to discuss payment options with you as we understand the weight of the financial burden. Make sure to discuss payment options during your initial consultation, so you know what to expect moving forward.
Are Follow-up Appointments Needed?
You can expect multiple follow-up appointments for about a month or two after your initial surgery. The purpose of this is to monitor your healing progress while following aftercare procedures. Your surgeon may need to replace bandages and apply anti-biotic ointment on the incision areas. Eventually, you’ll need to have the stitches removed, and your surgeon will then continue to monitor the wound to ensure the integrity of the operation stays on course.It’s understandable that you’ll be eager to see your final results, and the follow-up appointments are essential to reaching that finish line. A face lift is a surgery that needs to be handled with care before, during, and after. Every step of your surgeon’s instructions should be followed without fail if you want to ensure the results you’re looking for.
How Long Do Results Last?
This is likely to vary from person to person, but the results from a face lift aren’t permanent by any means. Whether it’s a lower face lift or even a cheek lift, each comes with varying results. However, they can sustain for quite a long time, as many people have shown that the results from a face lift can last up to ten years. Due to the natural aging process, your skin and facial features are bound to change as you get older, and many people choose to have more than one face lift throughout the years to sustain a specific look. It isn’t a procedure that’s a cureall for what aging does to our appearance as we age, but it can definitely mitigate many aspects of it for a decent amount of time. Overall, how long your results last also pertain to the skills of the surgeon. If you want long-lasting results that deliver an authentic and natural look, you only want to work with the best, and Dr. Casas has a stellar track record to prove just that.
What Does Self-Care Post Surgery Look Like?
Outside of your follow-up appointments, your surgeon will likely give you a decent list of self-care instructions after your surgery. These are essential to follow for the sake of your health and the final results of your procedure. Some include following wound care instructions, avoiding makeup, touching the incisions, and any rigorous activities. It’s also vital to avoid bleaching or coloring your hair for up to six weeks, and you want to do your best to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for at least three weeks. Other instructions may include avoiding shampoo and conditioner, as well as avoiding hats or any clothing that can be pulled over the head. Overall you need to give your face time to heal without disturbing the process along the way.