Last month, I discussed why a face lift. Here, I’ll give you a quick overview of how it’s done, what you can expect from the procedure, and how long it lasts to keep your best face forward.

Face lift procedure

Face lift procedures at Iteld Plastic SurgeryThe goal is for you to look younger and refreshed, not tight and pulled!

To accomplish this goal, I place the incisions at your temples, in front of the ear, and extend behind the natural curve of your ear (hidden in your hair behind the ear or following the hairline, down to the nape of your neck). The length of the incision depends on the extent of your particular signs of aging and how much your skin is sagging. I adjust and reposition the underlying muscle and fat before repositioning the skin and removing any excess fat.

What is the recovery time from a face lift

The initial recovery from face lift surgery is about one to two weeks. During this time you may look pale, bruised or swollen. This will improve greatly during the first week, but it may take several weeks for your appearance to look normal. Most patients return to their social activities and work in two weeks.

How long will a face lift last

Face lifts can set the clock back 7–10 years or more and last for years. Results depend on your general health, genetics, skin elasticity, quality of the skin, and environment. Sun exposure, smoking and significant weight gain and loss also can affect your face lift’s longevity.

Fresh face forward

Looking fresh and keeping your face looking its best involves maintenance. We are pleased to offer Alastin Skincare products. My patient coordinators will gladly help you select the right products for you.

Considering a facelift?

Now is the perfect time for your surgery so you can be healed and look fantastic by the holidays. Contact my patient coordinators at to schedule a confidential consultation or call 312.757.4505


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Lawrence Iteld, MD