What is a Facelift?


Facelift cosmetic surgery is known medically as rhytidectomy. This procedure helps improve the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, and other signs of aging to enhance the overall facial and jaw experience.

Facelift surgery can successfully eliminate conspicuous signs of stress, environment, and sun exposure on the facial skin.

In the hands of an experienced and qualified surgeon, this procedure will offer the patient dramatic and beautiful results with minimal scarring and downtime. Other than traditional full facelifts, patients can undergo multiple variations of the facelift to treat specific facial areas.

Focused board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides facelift surgery to patients in Chicago, IL, and other neighborhoods and suburbs across the horizon.

Ideal Candidates

Facelift candidates that satisfy all of the prerequisites have specific characteristics. Here are some key attributes that may help determine whether a person is a suitable candidate for facelift surgery or not:

Skin Elasticity

An ideal candidate for a facelift will have skin that is elastic and has some degree of natural suppleness.

Strong Bone Structure

Solid facelift candidates have a strongly defined bone structure. This is vital to achieving effective and satisfying facelift outcomes.

Loose Facial or Neck Skin

The goal of a facelift is to eliminate excess facial or neck skin, tighten the skin, and mitigate the appearance of lines. People with these issues will make good candidates for a facelift.

Facelift Surgery for Men

Facelift plastic surgery is not just suitable for women, but men can also utilize the benefits of this procedure. This procedure can help men eliminate the signs of facial aging in men and help them attain a more youthful, handsome appearance.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in the 5-year duration starting from 2010, the number of men receiving facelifts has gone up by 44 percent. The procedural steps remain the same for both genders, and it provides the same fabulous and reliable outcomes for men as well as women.

Types of Facelift

Traditional Full Facelift

A patient can get more complete outcomes with a full facelift. In this procedure, the surgeon treats the deep wrinkles below the eyes, loose skin around the cheeks, lines surrounding the mouth as well as excess fat and skin beneath the jowls, chin.

A traditional full facelift involves a longer incision as it addresses a more significant area. The incision is typically placed along the temple, around the ear, and down to the neck area.

Mid Facelift

The surgeon can lift and tighten the tissues beneath the eyes and around the cheeks in a mid facelift. In the surgery, the surgeon will place incisions similar to the ones in a full facelift. However, these incisions typically run deeper.

This procedure allows the surgeon to lift the muscles that are usually left unaddressed by a traditional facelift. They may also make use of facial implants or fat grafting to improve the facial definition and develop better-defined cheekbones.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift involves smaller incisions and allows for a faster recovery, which is why it is sometimes called a “weekend facelift.” The surgery targets a smaller facial area, primarily the jaw and lower cheeks, and also neck in some cases. Some surgeons perform mini facelift surgery using the endoscopic technique.

Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL, and nearby areas for facelift.