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Frequently Asked Questions about Facelift

Who is a good candidate for facelift surgery?
The best candidates for facelift surgery are patients who are in good health, do not smoke and have with realistic expectations about both the benefits and potential risks of facelift surgery.

When is the right time to consider facelift surgery?
When aging becomes noticeable and bothersome to you, it may be the right time for you to consider facelift. The timing varies by patient. Some individuals notice the effects of aging in their 20s and 30s, whereas in others they do not become evident until their late 70s. The majority of patients choosing to have facelift surgery are in their 40s and 50s.

What should I expect during my initial facelift consultation?
When you meet with Dr. Kim, you will discuss your desires and aesthetic goals. Dr. Kim may also go over other cosmetic procedures that rejuvenate the face, including forehead/brow lift, neck lift, blepharoplasty (eye lift), laser skin resurfacing, cheek and chin implants and fat grafting.

At your initial plastic surgery consultation, it may be helpful for you to bring a list of questions and concerns that can be specifically addressed.

Will facelift surgery eliminate all of my facial wrinkles?
Facelift can dramatically improve a patient’s facial appearance by removing excess tissue and tightening the muscles and tissues. However, facelift surgery will not diminish subtle facial wrinkles. For patients with noticeable forehead or eye wrinkles (crow’s feet), other facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox, chemical peels or laser resurfacing may be recommended.

Are the results of facelift permanent?
While facelift will not prevent a patient from aging further over time, it will “set back the clock.” However, results may be prolonged in patients who maintain their weight, avoid exposure to the sun, and engage in proper skin care, keeping the skin appropriately hydrated.

What areas cannot be improved with facelift?

Traditional facelift surgery will improve the lower portion of the face, including the cheeks, jowls and neck. Facelift surgery will not rejuvenate the upper portion of the face, including the eyebrows, wrinkling between the eyebrows, extra skin of the upper or lower eyelids, or lower eyelid bags. If patients would like to target this area as well, Dr. Kim may recommend other facial rejuvenation procedures that may be done in conjunction with facelift.

How much pain can I expect after facelift?
Some patients may experience mild discomfort in the neck and facial region, which usually clears up within a day. Many patients do not feel much pain following surgery; to keep patients comfortable, they are often prescribed oral medication to relieve any pain they may experience.

What is the recovery like after facelift?
After facelift surgery, the patient will be sent home or to a recovery center with light facial dressings. Small drains may be placed, and the head should remain elevated for two to three days to minimize bruising and swelling. Patients typically look and feel confident after two weeks.

Galter Pavilion Suite 19-250
675 N. Saint Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312.695.3615 | F: 312.695.5672
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John Kim, MD
675 North Saint Clair St. #19 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 695-3615
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