When Dr. Kotis performs facelifts for our Chicago patients, he doesn’t attempt to erase all signs of aging. Rather, he makes subtle alterations that smooth and enhance your skin – while still giving the appearance that you’re aging naturally and with grace.
Firm lax muscle tone
Take years off your appearance
Restore a youthful facial contour
Smooth aging skin
Tighten loose and sagging skin
Reduce heavy jowls and excess neck fat
Dr. Kotis can help you determine if a facelift is right for you during your initial consultation.
In general, you will likely qualify for the procedure if you:
Are between 40 and 70 years of age (though older and younger patients may benefit)
Have skin that is elastic and flexible enough to conform to your new facial contours
Have strong bone structure that can support optimal results
Want to address loose facial and neck skin
Are in good general health
When helping his patients rejuvenate their facial appearance, Dr. Kotis typically performs multiple procedures at once to ensure a seamless transformation. In addition to the traditional facelift, he often performs a neck lift and/or places facial implants to achieve the results his patients desire.
The traditional facelift is done to smooth creases, tighten skin and minimize wrinkles around the eyes, nose and mouth.
To perform this procedure, Dr. Kotis will make a small incision near the hairline. Through that opening, he will tighten your underlying facial muscles, before pulling your skin taut and trimming away any excess tissue.
If you also want to address aging skin and unwanted fat beneath the chin, Dr. Kotis will likely perform a neck lift as well to improve definition in this area.
To perform this procedure, he will make two small incisions near the ear and below the chin. Through those openings, he will remove unwanted tissue to create a more defined jawline, neck and chin.
With age, the face has a tendency to lose volume in key areas that are associated with youth – such as the cheeks and chin. When this occurs, Dr. Kotis may place custom silicone implants to restore this lost volume.
This has the benefit of not only emphasizing your features, but also of enhancing the results of your facelift or neck lift.
Because post-surgical swelling, puffiness and bruising can be persistent, it takes time for the full results of your facelift to become apparent. The worst of the swelling typically goes down within about two weeks, at which point most of our patients notice a visible, dramatic improvement that endures for many years.