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A Naturally Rejuvenated Look
Do you suffer from significant sagging skin that gives your face an aged and “bottom-heavy” appearance? If that’s the case, you may be a good candidate for a facelift at Naperville’s John Bull Center. A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to tighten away jowls, reduce deep facial wrinkles, and trim away excess neck skin. It repositions facial tissue that has become lax with age, restoring the lines and shape of a youthful face by elevating the skin and underlying layers and providing a naturally rejuvenated look. At The John Bull Center, we strive to deliver the best facelift Naperville has to offer.
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Smoother & Tighter
There are many variations on the standard facelift. Dr. John Bull will explain the differences and work with you to decide upon the right procedure for meeting your aesthetic goals for your face. The most common facelift incision begins in the hairline, where it will be camouflaged and less noticeable. From here, it extends into the natural crease around the ear and back into the hairline. This incision allows Dr. Bull to remove fat and reposition tissue, as well as to tighten muscles and trim away excess skin so that when he re-drapes it and sutures it back into place, the surface will appear smoother and tighter. It is important to note that more youthful facial contours can make an aged-looking neck stand out after a facelift.
The contrast between the two can actually draw more attention to sagging skin not addressed below the face. If significant neck work is necessary to ensure that the neck matches the face, Dr. Bull sometimes adds liposuction to improve the neck contours. He may also incorporate a platysmaplasty, which is a procedure to remove prominent bands that stand out on the neck. This is either done with a small incision made beneath the chin or behind the ear. The procedure can take as long as four hours to precisely reposition the muscles and skin. A facial bandage is placed to reduce bruising and swelling. Dr. Bull may also recommend a short-scar facelift procedure, which focuses on the lower face and provides a lift with a smaller incision. Another option for some patients is the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) lift, which focuses on creating a natural look by repositioning and tightening the SMAS muscles with the skin.
The Right Fit For You
The best candidates for a facelift are healthy women and men who have loose neck skin or tissue that has sagged to the point of forming jowls low on the face, but who still have some degree of skin elasticity.
Most patients seeking a facelift in Western Chicago tend to be in their 50s to 60s, but facelift surgery can be performed on younger patients if necessary, as well as patients well into their 70s and early 80s—if they have no medical issues that would prevent them from safely having the procedure done.
“Dr. Bull’s bedside manner is fantastic. He is professional and a man of his word. Dr. Bull is genuinely concerned with his patients’ well-being. His nurse Margo is super friendly and helpful. She is easy to talk to and non judgmental. Even the ladies at the front desk are friendly. My appointments were on schedule.”* - GG, Patient
*Individual Results May Vary
Since a facelift focuses on contours in the lower portion of the face, patients who want to address signs of aging on the forehead would benefit from a brow lift, while an eyelid lift gives the eye area a more youthful and open look.
After a facelift procedure, you can expect swelling and some bruising—but many of our Naperville facelift patients say they experience surprisingly little pain. Any discomfort you do have can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Bull, but keep in mind that the healing process begins right away and you will improve within a few days. You should be up and moving around a bit later in the day of your facelift surgery.
After a day or two, you will be able to perform most of your regular daily activities as you usually would, but you should avoid strenuous exercise and lifting for the first month. Expect some possible numbness in the face, though this, too, usually resolves over the first few weeks to months. Plan for two to three weeks of social downtime, with the exact timing depending on the extent of the facelift surgery and the degree of swelling and bruising after. Any signs of surgery can usually be covered with makeup after two weeks. It is important to limit sun exposure for several months after surgery and to always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen to help maintain your results.
A facelift does not prevent the face from aging, but aesthetically “sets it back” by about 10 years. In other words, many patients find that they more closely resemble how they looked about a decade earlier. While some results will be noticeable right after surgery, our Naperville facelift patients will begin to see the full effect of their facelift about three to six weeks after, as this is when most swelling and bruising has gone down. The ultimate, long-term results can be seen within six months.
Board-certified and highly accomplished plastic surgeon Dr. John Bull is not just committed to providing beautiful cosmetic surgery results in a safe and comforting environment. He also wants every patient to feel heard, understood, and confident in their choice.Learn More
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1307 Macom Drive, Naperville, IL 60564