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A facelift, technically called a rhytidectomy, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that lifts sagging skin of the face and neck to restore a more youthful appearance. Non-surgical facelifts are a newer option, using multiple non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers and BOTOX to lift, tighten, and smooth face and neck.

What is a facelift? 

A facelift is a surgical procedure in which the patient is under anesthesia. A facelift typically involves incisions along the hairline and around the ears, through which excess skin and tissue are removed. The underlying muscle structure is repaired to create a more youthful, defined facial structure. Finally, the incisions are closed. The beauty of a facelift – when performed with the most advanced techniques – is that you will now look far younger, with your facial skin and tissue restored to its natural, youthful position. 

What is a non-surgical facelift? 

A non-surgical facelift is a blend of multiple non-invasive treatments, custom created to treat and resolve your unique skin issues. The procedures used in a non-surgical facelift (or “liquid facelift”) could include injections with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm, Restylane, or BOTOX, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, or ultrasound therapy. 

Why choose a traditional facelift? 

A traditional facelift is unparalleled when it comes to tightening and smoothing of the face and neck. This surgery is reserved for those who need a more comprehensive level of facial rejuvenation. While there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the age of those who should consider a facelift, most patients are in the age range of 40 to 70. 

A traditional facelift is only appropriate for men and women in good health without medical or health conditions that could hinder healing.

Benefits of a traditional facelift

  • Repair of loose and sagging skin in areas such as the neck, jawline, and jowls
  • Smooths deep creases and wrinkles 
  • Tightens underlying facial muscles to create a very natural, youthful appearance
  • Restores youthful facial contours

Why choose a non-surgical facelift? 

Non-surgical facelifts have become extremely popular, as remarkable improvements can be achieved – without surgery or downtime. While the results of non-surgical treatments can keep you looking young and fresh for far longer, in the end, there is only so much that fillers and surface-level skin treatments can do. These treatments can help you ward off the development of lines and wrinkles and stay looking younger for longer.

A non-surgical facelift is a good option for slightly younger patients; those who do not need surgical intervention to achieve real-world facial rejuvenation. A non-surgical facelift can be helpful to those who are unable to undergo surgical procedures.

Benefits of non-surgical facelifts

  • Gentle smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Restored lost volume at temples, cheeks, or lips
  • An even skin tone restored 
  • A smoothed brow, free from frown lines and creases

Why choose Dr. Placik for a facelift or non-surgical facelift? 

Dr. Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon with two state-of-the-art Chicago area locations. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz show, The Doctors, ABC, CBS, and more, and has received many awards including RealSelf’s Top Doctor. Dr. Placik offers both traditional facelifts and non-surgical facelifts and is always on hand to consult with you to determine which treatment will be most effective in creating a youthful, refreshed look. Visit our luxury private clinic to discover the world’s most advanced anti-aging treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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