Understanding The Various Facelift Procedures In Chicago

by | Jul 15, 2016 | Surgery

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When most people think of a facelift in Chicago, they think of an involved surgical procedure. However, they rarely realize that there are many facelifts available, and may want to learn about them before deciding if they should consider one for themselves.

Deep Plane

The deep plane lift is the most involved of all facelifts. It requires the surgeon to lift the fact, reposition and release some muscles in the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system). The SMAS is located beneath the skin and encompasses your facial muscles. The surgeon uses unnoticeable incisions all along your hairline to reposition and lift the fatty tissue layers of the face.


The SMAS facelift in Chicago affects the tissue of the neck and face, as well as the topmost layers of your skin. An incision is created along the temple, just above your hairline and then extends downward, following the natural crease to the ear and behind it. Your SMAS is tightened with sutures, and extra skin is removed.

Short Scar

The short-scar lift includes a variety of facelifts that use smaller scars. For example, you can have an S-shaped incision in front of your ear or at your temple. You can also have an incision that stops at your ear lobes. In short, these facelifts do not go behind the ear, but tissue can still be repositioned and tightened.


Other facelifts can include the endoscopic, midface/cheek, stem-cell, and the thread lift. Each one has its pros and cons, so it is best to talk about your options with your surgeon before making a final decision. Your doctor will be able to give advice about which version may be best for your needs.

If you’re considering a facelift in Chicago, consider visiting The Michael Horn Center for Cosmetic Surgery to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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