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Want to discover the secrets behind the youthful appearance of your favourite A-list actresses? Dr Roberto Viel, plastic surgeon to the stars, gave us the lowdown on the Chicago facelift and why it’s now so popular.
The Chicago or Short Scar lift is a simple and effective facelift operation that is designed to lift the lower two thirds of the face in a relatively straightforward manner, with minimal inconvenience for the patient. Only a limited amount of excess skin needs to be removed, and there will be nothing but an inconspicuous scar in the crease in the front of the ear and in the hairline above the ear. In contrast to most other techniques, this type of facelift can be performed with local anesthetic under light sedation. Therefore you will not have to be admitted to hospital and you can leave the clinic about 2 hours after surgery.
This kind of procedure is often done as a pre-Oscar night prep for celebrities who want tight jaw lines. Forty-something actresses Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman were recently linked to the procedure.
On the day of the operation, the surgeon will explain each step of the procedure, and the nurse will assist you throughout the operation. A local anesthetic will be injected subcutaneously (under the skin) with a very fine needle. You will feel a slight sting and a light burning sensation, but that will disappear almost immediately. The anesthetic will last about 2-3 hours and will guarantee you have a painless procedure.
At the end of the operation, your face will be cleaned with a sterile solution; a dressing will then be applied as well as a facial band that will sit under the chin and around the head.
The results vary. Much will depend on your looks before surgery. In one patient the results may be quite spectacular, whereas in another, results will be more subtle. This can also depend on your specific expectations, as discussed in advance with your surgeon. Signs of aging and weakening of the tissues will definitely be less conspicuous and may often virtually disappear. You do not have to worry about your individual features or expression. The feared “wind-tunnel” facelift look, with flattening of the face, is caused by over-tightening the skin. However, in a modern facelift, the skin is tightened very little. Rather, the surgeon restores the volumes of the subcutaneous tissues - which restores the youthful contours of the face.
You must realize that no plastic surgery procedure can stop time. A facelift can, however, turn back the clock and be effective for a number of years. How long the effects last will also depend on your lifestyle and possible genetic factors. Rest assured that most patients are happy with the results of their facelift for a good many years. How long the effects last will also depend on your lifestyle and possible genetic factors.
The Plasmax Plasma Concentrate System is the most advanced procedure available that can ensure faster recovery, with less swelling and bruising. A blood sample is taken during your facelift procedure and placed into a centrifuge machine. The centrifuge machine spins the blood separating out the platelets. These platelets are then mixed with thrombin, a blood component, to form a natural gel.
Placing the gel onto the wound before closure assists the blood vessels under the skin, enabling them to clot and reducing the risk of bleeding or hematoma. When the gel is applied onto the wound before closure, it works as a sealant – ensuring that the skin flap stays in the new position by itself. This places less tension on the scar and ensures better healing. In conclusion, the use of PPC ensures better healing and faster recovery with less swelling and bruising.
After the surgery, when you have returned home, you should try to remain as quiet and relaxed as possible. Remember to regularly apply ice to your neck and ear area for the first 12 hours to reduce swelling and bruising. When you lie down, keep your head elevated - lying flat or bending down will increase the swelling.
You will be given pain medication and antibiotics to take - it is important to follow the instructions given by the nurse on how to take these. Remember not to take aspirin. If you have any questions about this, please contact the clinic.
Your jaw may hurt when you open your mouth wide because of the deep stitches. However, this annoying sensation will pass in a few days.
You will be able to move and walk around as normal immediately after the surgery, but you should count on not being socially active for about one week. You will have to wear the facial band for 4 days, after which you then remove it, leaving just the small dressings (steri strips, usually). You will return to the clinic in 7-10 days for the removal of your sutures (stitches) by the nurse. Your next visit will be in another 5 weeks for a postoperative review with the surgeon. If serious bleeding should suddenly occur within the first few hours after a face lift procedure, it might be necessary for the surgeon to open up the wound under local anesthetic to stop the bleeding. Ecchymoses (bruises) will occur, but these will fade over the first few weeks. Infection (or inflammation) is rare but can be treated with further antibiotics.
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