Enjoy More Youthful Facial Contours from Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery
When you were a kid, your mom probably told you not to make a face, or it would stay that way. Too bad our faces don’t stay like when we were younger. If you have watched your youthful, tight skin grow loose and shift downward, leading to hollow cheeks, wobbly jowls, and an overall look you would classify as “older,” you may want to consider a facelift at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery. What Mom didn’t know was that changes to your face don’t have to be permanent. We have options to reverse the signs of aging.
How Does a Facelift Work?
Since facial contour changes due to aging involve a downward migration of skin, fat, and more, a facelift counters the pull of gravity and time by lifting the tissues into a more youthful position and fixing them in place. Dr. Iteld works from the idea that a face exists in three dimensions—which seems like it should be obvious, but he’s found that not all plastic surgeons approach a facelift with that understanding. By treating the face as something more than a flat image, he customizes the procedure to create a natural, not “over-pulled” look.
To accomplish this, he will make incisions where necessary—camouflaging them in creases and lines where possible—he repositions fat, removes drooping excess skin, and sutures everything to keep it elevated. Dr. Iteld will also frequently add fat to the cheeks to restore volume that is lost as we age.
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What Can I Expect After Facelift Surgery?
Incisions, contouring techniques, and sutures can lead to mild bruising and swelling in the days after a facelift surgery. This is natural and to be expected, with the effects fading and resolving on their own. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy the recovery from facelift surgery can be—and that it is virtually painless.
You’ll be able to see your new facial contours in the mirror after the surgery is done but will probably enjoy them best once you have fully healed.
Is Narcotics-Free Facelift Surgery Possible?
Surgery does not have to be automatically followed by a painful healing process made bearable with narcotics. Dr. Iteld has worked for years to develop a sophisticated approach that focuses on surgical techniques designed to allow for a recovery that doesn’t require opioids. Most facelift surgery patients require little more that Tylenol during their recovery.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery in Chicago?
Men and women who notice laxity in the mid and lower face and who want to do something about it are great candidates for a facelift. If you are considering the procedure, you should be in good general health and understand what a facelift will and won’t do. Keep in mind that the surgery is intended to alter facial contours, not skin tone.
What Complements a Facelift?
Given the fact that a facelift is for repositioning tissues on the middle and lower portions of the face, patients who want a more youthful look may also consider procedures and treatments for the rest of the face. A brow lift addresses contours above the eyes, while a blepharoplasty corrects drooping and sagging eyelids.
Patients who want to avoid surgery, but who still want to work on their contours, may opt for Silhouette Instalift™, which repositions midface tissues with injectable threads. Kybella® is another injectable, though it focuses on clearing out fat cells that cause a double chin. Profound RF for nonsurgical skin tightening is especially effective on the jawline and neck, bringing more definition to these important areas.
For wrinkles, BOTOX® can smooth out lines caused by muscle action, while dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of folds caused by volume loss. Let Dr. Iteld and his team help you figure out which approach is best for you.
* Results will vary from patient to patient. No guarantees about an individual’s result can or should be made based on information provided here.