What is a Facelift?

If you are considering a facelift, the latest surgical techniques can create a rejuvenated look that is beautifully natural, not obviously pulled or awkwardly tight. Dr. Sulyman-Scott is a member of the “new generation of plastic surgeons” who uses recently developed techniques with smaller incisions and a multimodal approach. A “multimodal” approach is a fresh approach to facelift surgery, combining surgical and non-surgical techniques to create a stunning, natural outcome.

  • Price range $11,500- $15,000
  • Recovery time: Social downtime of 10-14 days
  • Discomfort level: Mild to moderate
  • Anesthesia options: General anesthesia, IV sedation

Facelift Benefits

A facelift is quite beneficial for patients who would like a dramatic facial rejuvenation that targets multiple concerns at once. Benefits include the following:

  • Lifted features and firmer skin
  • Achieves a defined jawline
  • Eliminates jowls and double chin
  • Contours and sculpts the facial features
  • Turns back time by as much as ten years
  • Smooths heavy lines and wrinkles
  • Can improve self-confidence
  • Achieves overall facial rejuvenation

Who is a Candidate for a Facelift in Chicago?

Men or women experiencing sagging features and other signs of aging and want to achieve significant facial rejuvenation are generally good facelift candidates. Ideal candidates for a facelift should meet the following criteria:

  • Are generally healthy, without serious medical concerns
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a facelift 
  • The skin on the face and neck is sagging significantly 
  • The jawline is poorly defined
  • There is a loss of facial volume (sunken cheeks or other hollow areas)
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The First Step Your Consultation at That Face in Chicago

Your consultation will be a pleasant and informative experience in which Dr. Sulyman-Scott will ensure that you feel comfortable, heard, and understood. She focuses on ensuring that, as a team, you and she have a shared vision for your aesthetic outcome. She takes all the time needed to share information about your treatment options, the surgical process, and your recovery while addressing any questions or concerns you may have.

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Enhance the Results of Your Facelift

Several ancillary procedures can be performed to greatly enhance your facelift results:

Facial Fat Transfer

Removing excess skin and repositioning the underlying tissues to a youthful position can be enhanced by natural fat transfer to restore age-related volume loss.

CO2 Laser Treatment

To rejuvenate your skin quality, CO2 laser treatment may be the ideal added procedure. This treatment triggers natural collagen production for firmer, more supple skin, and results that last longer.

Neck Liposuction

If you have an excess of fat on your neck, neck liposuction can be added to your procedure to create a more elegant, refined profile.

Neck Lift

A facelift treats the mid-facial region, but you may have sagging skin, creases, excess fat, or visible vertical bands on your neck that can be treated with a custom neck lift, in the same surgical appointment.

Microneedling + RF

To enhance or maintain the beautiful results of your custom facelift, Microneedling + RF treatments can help achieve optimal results. The radiofrequency energy emitted by the system stimulates natural skin regeneration, with exceptional rejuvenating effects.

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How a Facelift Procedure Works

During a facelift procedure, incisions are made around the ears. This is done with meticulous care to ensure scarring is best to an absolute minimum. 

Using these incisions, the underlying facial muscles are tightened. Fat tissues are sculpted and repositioned to achieve youthful volume and contoured features. In the jawline or other areas, fat pockets are removed to achieve a smoother, more refined appearance. Excess, sagging skin is removed, and the skin is lifted and repositioned on the face to achieve a natural, youthful appearance.

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Facelift Techniques: The Modern Approach to Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Older facelift techniques were far less successful and produced results that were obviously the result of surgery, looking overly tight and pulled with a distortion of the normal facial appearance.

Recent developments in surgery have resulted in several methods that can create an exceptionally natural, refreshed outcome.

These techniques involve tightening the underlying facial fascial layer—or muscle structure—and repositioning the tissues to their original youthful location to achieve a very natural-looking result. For firmer, more youthful skin, Dr. Sulyman-Scott may recommend ancillary procedures to trigger natural skin regeneration that will prolong the results of your surgery by enhancing skin quality.

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Recovery From a Facelift Newer Techniques Mean Faster Healing

Dr. Sulyman-Scott uses techniques that involve shorter incisions, which heal more quickly and leave less visible scars. You can expect to take one to two weeks off from your usual activities. You will be given detailed instructions on your post-operative care. Dr. Sulyman-Scott will closely monitor your progress and healing after surgery. You will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Sulyman-Scott, who provides an outstanding level of care during recovery. You should feel well enough for the “big reveal” within a month or less.

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Will There Be Scars From My Facelift Surgery? 

Incisions are made around the ears for a facelift procedure. These are made very carefully and precisely to ensure that scarring is kept to an absolute minimum. Ultimately the scars will fade with time and be hardly noticeable, as they are hidden in the natural folds of the skin.

Facelift Complications

Complications arising from a facelift are rare, but like any surgery, a facelift includes some risks. Some of the complications that could arise are bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, scarring, facial nerve injury, pain, and unfavorable results.

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Dr. Sulyman-Scott and Facelift Surgery in Chicago

Dr. Sulyman-Scott is a talented facial plastic surgeon who is intrigued by facial anatomy and the artistry of plastic surgery. A facelift allows her to explore and preserve your unique facial structure while achieving a rejuvenated appearance. She is deeply gratified when she sees her patients rediscovering their own beauty after a facelift. Her techniques, meticulous methodology, and dedication to her patients are truly extraordinary. 


Deep Plane Facelift The Ultimate Facial Rejuvenation Treatment

What is a deep plane facelift? This groundbreaking technique gets its name from the “deep plane,” an aspect of the underlying facial structure that is made up of muscle and fascia. This surgical approach creates stunning results, with exceptionally natural outcomes—free from the tightness and tension of older techniques.

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Primary Facelift FAQ

Is a facelift safe?

What kind of anesthesia will be used for my facelift?

How long does facelift surgery take?

How much pain can I expect after my facelift?

How long do I have to wait to exercise after my facelift?

Can I wear makeup after a facelift?

Is a facelift safe?

Generally, a facelift is considered to be a very safe procedure. When the surgery is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Sulyman-Scott, the odds of any complications are much slimmer.

What kind of anesthesia will be used for my facelift?

In most cases, facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which will render you temporarily unconscious during the procedure.

How long does facelift surgery take?

On average, a primary facelift procedure takes between two and three hours. Usually, you’ll be able to return home a few hours after the surgery with someone else driving you. However, in some cases, an overnight stay may be required.

How much pain can I expect after my facelift?

You will likely experience some discomfort around your incisions in the days following your facelift, but it should fade within a week or so. If necessary, Dr. Sulyman-Scott can prescribe you pain medication to take during your recovery.

How long do I have to wait to exercise after my facelift?

To ensure proper healing and optimal results, you should wait at least four to six weeks before engaging in strenuous exercise or physical activity.

Can I wear makeup after a facelift?

Ideally, you should wait for at least 10 days after your facelift before wearing makeup. After that, it’s important to wear sunscreen whenever you’re spending time outside.

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