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Facelift Surgery


A Facelift Can Lift Your Entire Self-esteem

The face you see in the mirror every morning is a vital part of your identity, it’s the first impression you make on strangers. And, it's one of the first places where the subtle signs of aging are recorded in fine lines and sagging skin.

Not everybody accepts this aging process with a shrug. Thousands of people have reversed the visible effects of aging by undergoing a Facelift. For most patients, a successful Facelift is more than simply a physical transformation. It frequently improves the way people feel about themselves.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross doesn't promise miracles. A Facelift won't make a woman in her fifties look like a teenager. But, it can make a face firmer, and look many years younger.


As we age, our face changes. Skin loses its elasticity. Bony prominences diminish. Skin begins to bunch in several locations. Muscular bands become more apparent. We lose the appearance of youth and begin to resemble our Parents. Each time that we look in the mirror, we remind ourselves of how we've changed a face-lift can help restore the look of your youth by selectively canceling out those features which signify age. The cheeks are elevated, folds are flattened, jowls tightened, the neck is redraped, and excess skin is removed. Your appearance is not replaced, but a younger appearance is restored.


There are several variations of face-lifts. Skin -only face-lifts were popular many years ago and are still used in select situations. Intermediate depth face lifts achieve their lift at deeper levels. Deep plane face lifts strive to achieve these changes just above the bones of the face. The incisions are made just in front of the ear and wrap around the back of the ear and hide within the hairline. The anatomy of the face is defined. Muscles and connective tissues are tightened; excess skin is redraped and removed. The next day, dressings are removed. Sutures are removed over a period of days as you heal. The amount of swelling that you may get is variable, but you can resume most normal activities within a week and should show very few signs of your procedure by three weeks.


Traditional Facelift


An alternative to a traditional facelift uses shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear and possibly within the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.


Limited Incision


Sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift. The neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear ending in the lower scalp.


Neck Lift



Other Procedures Performed by Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Ross:


Neck Lift - A necklift involves tightening of the skin and the muscles of the neck and commonly is done in conjuction with a facelift but can be done on its own.


Stem Cell Facelift - A Stem Cell Facelift is a relatively new procedure that is based upon the fact that there is abundance of stem cells that can be harvested or extracted from the patient's own fat. These stems cells are then injected into the face. Results are demonstrating promise in improving the quality and providing more youthful facial skin.


Before You Elect to Undergo A Rhytidectomy Have All Your Questions Answered:


The following are questions most frequently asked by patients considering Rhytidectomy, or Facelift. This brochure is meant to serve as a brief introduction to the operation and is not a substitute for a personalized consultation with a surgeon at our center. To get all your questions answered, we suggest that you call for a personal consultation with Chicago Plastic Surgeon. David A. Ross. There are 4 convenient locations in Illinois, Chicago, OakBrook, Naperville and Arlington Heights.


1. What is a Facelift?

Technically known as a Rhytidectomy, a Facelift is cosmetic surgery for tightening of facial tissues to improve the appearance of facial skin.

2. What areas are most benefited by a Facelift?

Most people want to smooth out the appearance of sagging, aging skin - especially in the lower part of the face and neck. Jowls, and neck waddles are diminished or removed. Improvement, though less dramatic, is also seen in the fold of skin (naso-labial fold) that extends from the side of the nose to the corner of the lip.

3. What areas of the face aren't helped?

Crowsfeet, the fine lines at the side of the eyes and fine lines surrounding the lips usually aren't improved by the Facelift. However, these lines are helped by techniques known as Chemical Peel or Dermabrasion. These procedures can be performed in conjunction with a Facelift. Incidentally, Facelift is also frequently combined with Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Cosmetic Surgery to remove excess skin and lower lid bags.

4. Can deep lines in the forehead be removed?

Not totally. But, a separate process called a Brow Lift can be performed with the Facelift to greatly reduce the depth of these forehead lines.

5. Should I lose weight prior to a Facelift?

Only in extreme cases of obesity. But for most people, Liposuction (during their Facelift procedure) will quickly reduce fatty areas in the Face and the neck. Liposuction is a surgical technique for vacuuming fatty deposits.

6. Are there any age limits to Facelift surgery?

Few people show enough signs of aging before the age of 40 to justify a Facelift. On the average, most candidates are in their mid-forties. Advanced age is no barrier to the surgery provided the patient is in good enough health to tolerate surgery.

7. Does a Facelift require hospitalization?

The majority of Dr. David Ross' Facelift surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis here is Chicago. If you live near the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Chicago, you can return home after the surgery. However, our specialists insist on visiting the patient the night after surgery. So, if you don't live in our immediate vicinity, an overnight stay at a nearby hotel is required,

8. Will any scars remain visible from surgical incisions?

Two factors affect scarring: (1) the skill of your surgeon and (2) the healing ability of your body. So, you could have expert surgery and still end up with visible scarring because wound healing varies from patient to patient, However, Dr. David A. Ross strategically places incisions and takes infinite care to hide any potential scars. Facelift incisions begin in the hairline above the ear and extend to the front and back of the ear. A separate incision may be made under the chin for neckline surgery. Scars within the hairline are hidden by the scalp. The natural fold in front of the ear also hides most of the scar. This area in front of the ear may show a small trace of scarring but even here, in the majority of cases, it will fade to minimum visibility.

9. Is there any post-operative pain?

Surprisingly little, but the tightness of the bandages can cause post-op discomfort. However, your bandages will be removed the day after surgery.

10. Are you bruised or swollen after surgery?

Most people show noticeable bruising and swelling for about two weeks after the operation. After this period, cosmetics designed for post-op usage will effectively hide any traces of bruising or swelling. There's a much shorter wait for shampooing. You can wash your hair just a few days after surgery.

11. How about returning to work and normal exercise?

From a purely physical standpoint, most people can return to work one week after surgery. Of course, it also depends on the type of occupation and your rate of healing. However, since bruising is greatly diminished in 2 weeks, most people wait until then to return to work. Vigorous exercise can usually be resumed after 3 weeks.

12. Will any complications arise?

On rare occasions, a patient may develop localized collections of blood under the facial skin. This condition can be evacuated with a simple procedure at the Center. Even more rarely, a patient can develop post-op infection or damage to a facial nerve. Occasionally, slow-healing patients can experience delayed healing in skin adjacent to incisions. This condition occurs most commonly with chronic smokers. If you are thinking about a Facelift, it's a good idea to restrict smoking prior to your operation.

13. Will my face look unnaturally tight after a Facelift?

This is not likely to occur if your Facelift has been performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Dr. David A. Ross has 35 years of experience in performing successful facelift surgeries.

14. Will I need to have more Facelifts?

One Facelift doesn't obligate you to have others. However, in five to seven years, some of the cosmetic benefits of the Facelift may be lost. At that point, you may decide to have another lift. The good news is that patients rarely return to the aged appearance they had before the initial Facelift.

15. Does medical insurance cover this operation?


16. Should I stay out of the sun after my Facelift?

For the first few months, it's a good idea to restrict your exposure to strong sunlight and to protect your skin with an effective sunscreen lotion. After a few months, sun bathing is permitted but you should continue to use a good quality sunscreen.

17. Before I agree to surgery, can you show me how it will change my appearance?

Yes, through Computer Imaging Dr David A. Ross can show how you look before surgery and project approximately how you'll look after the surgery. This electronic imaging method will help you visualize the goals of your surgery and its limitations. However, the computer image doesn't represent a guarantee of the results from actual surgery


No operation is without risk, but the main dangers of face lift are bleeding, damage to sensory nerves and damage to the motor nerves of facial expression. Infection or skin loss is very rare and can be significantly reduced by avoiding smoking.


Even though this description of a face lift is accurate, it is also incomplete. The best way to determine that you are a candidate for a face-lift, type of facelift and the facelift cost is to schedule a consultation with Chicago Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oakbrook, Naperville and Arlington Heights. Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Ross can analyze your face and gauge your aesthetic desires. No guarantee of the appearance of youth or restoration of specific features can be assumed, but in most cases, the appearance of aging can be dramatically reduced and a more youthful appearance restored.