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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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