Sam Speron, M D, F A C S

Board Certified
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

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FACE LIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY) SURGERY


Face Lift Cosmetic Surgery


Facelift Surgery (whether it is a surgical face lift or non-surgical facelift or weekend face lift) restores a smoother and more pleasing contour to your face and neck. It can help you look as good as you feel, and perhaps feel younger than you are.


Among the many options are procedures such as a short scar face lift, mini face lift, weekend face lifting... The list goes on and on. Non surgical face lifts are also a possibility. Among the hottest trends in this area are endoscopic face lifts, midface lifting, and short scar lifts. The term "face lift in a bottle" usually refers to Botox.


Face Lift Surgery is here to stay. The results are even more natural than ever, as a greater emphasis is placed on looking more youthful and rejuvenated - not simply looking tighter!


Dr Speron has a tremendous amount of experience with face lift surgery in Chicago. It is one of the most common procedures that he performs. He is able to offer all types of options to his patients:


  • He performs all the various S-scar face lift, mini face lift, mid face lift and neck lift approaches including minimally invasive and short-scar approaches
  • He does not typically use drains for facial lifting surgery
  • He offers the pain pump, if patients request it (his patients typically take narcotics for < 24 hours even without this)
  • He offers the pain pump for post-op comfort
  • All patients receive "nerve blocks" during surgery, which means the pain cycle is controlled from the very beginning

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    Face Lift Information


    Am I a good candidate for a natural face lift or a mini face lift (or short scar face lift or weekend face lift)?


    Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for a natural face lift or mini face lift:


    • a deep line, or fold, running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
    • jowls, or loss of a well-defined jaw line associated with youthfulness.
    • deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging of the "highlight" areas of the cheekbones
    • loose skin, wrinkles, vertical "cords" or excess fatty tissue in the neck.

    A natural face lift or mini face lift can improve all of these problems. It cannot, however, correct conditions such as sagging eyebrows, excess skin and fatty deposits in the upper and lower eyelids, or wrinkles around the mouth. Dr. Speron can provide further face lift information if you have an interest in other procedures to treat these areas. Please read the rest of our face lift information. We would also be happy to mail you some more face lift information if you would email us your information.


    Weekend Face Lift Surgery


    (Also known as mini face lift or short scar face lift or weekend face lift)


    Your Personal Weekend Face Lift Surgery Consultation


    During the initial mini face lift or weekend face lift consultation, Dr Speron will ask you to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. Sometimes, patients may focus their attention on excess skin in the upper eyelids and not realize that sagging of their eyebrows contributes to this skin redundancy. You should be very frank in discussing anything about your appearance that bothers you, as well as what you hope to achieve with weekend face lift surgery. This will help Dr Speron to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.


    How will Dr Speron evaluate me for a short scar face lift or weekend face lift surgery?


    In evaluating you for weekend face lift surgery, Dr Speron will assess the thickness, texture and elasticity of your skin, and the severity of wrinkles and folds. Your hairline will be examined to determine where incisions can be discreetly placed. All of these factors, as well as your bone structure and underlying tissues, will be considered in developing an individual surgical plan.

    Dr Speron may discuss with you additional procedures that can be performed along with a weekend face lift in order to address all the concerns you have identified. For example, a weekend face lift is frequently combined with a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, nasal reshaping or skin treatments such as a fotofacial, chemical peel, dermabrasion or laser resurfacing.

    Dr Speron has a tremendous amount of experience with face lift surgery in Chicago. It is one of the most common procedures he performs. He is able to offer all types of options to his patients:


    • he performs all the various S-scar face lift, mini face lift, mid face lift and neck lift approaches including minimally invasive and short-scar approaches
    • he does not typically use drains for face lift surgery
    • he offers the pain pump, if patients request it (his patients typically take narcotics for < 24 hours even without this)
    • all patients receive "nerve blocks" during surgery when they are asleep, which means the pain cycle is controlled from the very beginning


    Dr Speron is one of the leading face lift, short scar face lift, mini face lift and weekend face lift surgeons in the Chicago area and offers a wealth of expertise with all of these types of procedures.


    Face Lift Surgery & Mid Face Lift Surgery


    How Cosmetic Face Lift Surgery & Mid Face Lift Surgery is Performed


    Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from a cosmetic surgery face lift. Dr Speron will select the surgical technique that he feels will obtain the best face lift outcome for you.


    Where are the Face Lift surgery and Mid Face Lift incisions placed?


    Although there are many variations to the face lift and mid face lift procedures, generally an incision is hidden in the natural contour of your ear, then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline. A short scar face lift does not have the incision behind your ear. The mid face lift usually also requires a small intraoral incision. Following face lift surgery and mid face lift surgery, incisions can be easily concealed by your hair or with makeup. There may also be a small incision hidden underneath your chin if a stronger neck lift is desired.


     

     

    Most face lift incisions are placed within the hairline and within natural contours in front of and behind (shown in lighter black) the ear.

    Sometimes the deeper tissues (grey shaded area) may also need to be repositioned in order to restore a more youthful contour to the face.

    After the skin has been pulled up and back, the excess (grey shaded area) is removed.


    How is Dr Speron able to restore a firmer, fresher look to my face with Face Lift surgery & Mid Face Lift surgery?


    Through the discreet face lift and mid face lift incisions, Dr Speron is able to free the skin from the underlying tissues to the extent necessary for the particular surgical technique selected. After the skin has been pulled up and back, the excess is removed. In some instances, the deeper tissues may also need to be repositioned in order to restore a more youthful contour to your face. If necessary, a small incision beneath the chin permits the removal of fatty tissue in that area and smoothing of the cord-like structures of the underlying muscle in the neck (neck lift).


    Dr Speron has a tremendous amount of experience with face lift surgery in Chicago. It is one of the most common procedures he performs. He is able to offer all types of options to his patients:


    • he performs all the various S-scar face lift, mini face lift, mid face lift and neck lift approaches including minimally invasive and short-scar approaches
    • he does not typically use drains for face lift surgery
    • he offers the pain pump, if patients request it (his patients typically take narcotics for < 24 hours even without this)
    • all patients receive "nerve blocks" during surgery when they are asleep, which means the pain cycle is controlled from the very beginning


    Dr Speron is one of the leading face lift, short scar face lift, mini face lift and weekend face lift surgeons in the Chicago area and offers a wealth of expertise with all of these types of procedures.:


    Understanding Rhytidectomy (Face Lift) Surgery Risks

    Fortunately, significant complications from face lift surgery are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo successful face lift surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.


    I understand that every Face Lift surgical procedure has risks, but how will I learn more so that I can make an informed decision?


    The subject of risks and potential complications of face lift surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and your surgeon, or with a staff member in your surgeon's office.

    Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection and reactions to anesthesia. While plastic surgeons are trained in techniques for safely manipulating facial skin and tissue, injury to underlying structures is possible, though it is usually only temporary. Face lift incisions are most often inconspicuous, but this is not entirely predicable due to individual variations in healing.

    You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after surgery.


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    Your Face Lift Surgical Experience


    The goal of Dr Speron and the entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.


    How should I prepare for face lift?


    If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. your surgeon will advise you and provide additional preoperative instructions. If your hair if very short, you may want to let it grow enough to cover your incisions while they heal. If you are overweight you have a realistic desire to lose more that 15 pounds, you should discuss this with your surgeon.

    If your plastic surgery face lift will be performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.


    What will the day of face lift surgery be like?


    Your plastic surgery face lift may be performed in a hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility or office-based surgical suite.

    Medications are administered for your comfort during the face lift surgical procedure. You and Dr Speron will have decided in advance what type of anesthesia is to be used, either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulation in your blood.

    When face lift surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. A bandage may have been wrapped around your face to be closely monitored. A bandage may have minimize swelling. Sometimes small tubes will have been inserted beneath the skin to drain away fluids that might otherwise accumulate, but you will not feel these at all. It fact, there is surprisingly little discomfort from the surgery.

    You probably will be permitted to go home after a few hours, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.


    How will I look and feel initially after face lift?


    It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.

    After face lift surgery, you will be asked to restrict your activities and simply relax for a few days. Elevating your head when you sleep will help to minimize swelling and bruising. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications, and you should not smoke or be exposed to heavy secondary smoke for a while.

    Any bandages and drain tubes will usually be removed in one or two days. At that time, you will notice puffiness and discoloration which may be more pronounced in some portions of your face than others. Do not be alarmed by any unevenness or temporary asymmetry caused by this variance in swelling and bruising, which is perfectly normal. Generally, the greatest amount of swelling occurs 24 to 48 hours after surgery, but it may take several weeks before all puffiness is resolved. Most bruising will disappear within two weeks. After a few days, you will be permitted to wear makeup which will help conceal and discoloration. You will also experience some numbness in the facial area, which may be present for several weeks or longer. Your stitches will be removed from four to seven days after surgery.


    When can I resume my normal activities after plastic surgery face lift surgery?


    Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within two weeks and begin to exercise three to four weeks after plastic surgery face lift. You will be instructed to temporarily avoid exposure to direct sunlight and, for the long-term, to be conscientious about the use of a sunblock to protect your skin.


    Results of Your Facelift Surgery


    The results of your facelift may be dramatic or subtle, depending on how you look before surgery as well as the specific goals that you and your plastic surgeon have established. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks for an accurate picture of your "new look." Additional minor changes, or settling, may occur over several months.


    Post Surgical Face Lift Care


    The results of your facelift surgery can be maintained with the use of clinical skin care products. Dr. Speron makes recommendations based upon your skin type and liftestyle.


    Maintaining a Relationship with Your Plastic Surgeon


    You will return to your plastic surgeon's office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated. Your surgeon will encourage you to schedule routine follow-up evaluations at the frequency recommended for your age group and the procedure performed.

    Please remember that the relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon.