Chicago Facelift Surgery
Dr. Shah's facelift procedure helps create a natural appearing result with remarkable effectiveness because he uses a customized approach based on each individual's anatomy. His technique differs from others in that he is able to slide the deeper tissues into a more youthful position, creating a natural improvement. This technique also allows for a rapid recovery with patients being able to return to normal routines often a week after surgery. Dr. Shah's technique has been cultivated over the last decade and provides patients a safe approach to creating a more youthful appearance.
WHAT MAKES DR. SHAH DIFFERENT:
One of the advantages of this technique is that it helps eliminate the "windblown" or "plastic look after a facelift. Some surgeons rely on pulling the skin tight in order to achieve a lift. Unfortunately, pulling skin tight is based on a false premise that a youthful face is back and tight. If you look at a young face, there is a roundness and soft quality. Repositioning the deeper tissue allows for rejuvenation of the face. Another advantage of this technique is a rapid recovery. Most patients feel comfortable in public within 5 to 12 days after the procedure.
INNOVATIVE FACELIFT TECHNIQUE: : His technique is based on the scientific data he helped discover, which includes the discovery of the platysma muscle's extension into the face, the knowledge of what the best locations are in the face to secure it to, and the discovery of an anatomic landmark making the remarkably complex procedure safer for the patient. Read more.
FACIAL ANALYSIS: Face analysis, particularly aging face analysis, can help demonstrate some of the areas which can be improved in aging face surgery. Dr. Shah analyzes each face to determine areas that can be treated. Find out more.
FACIAL ANATOMY: Facial anatomy plays an important role in both analysis and the underlying cause of the facial aging. A simplified version of external points on the face are illustrated to facilitate communication. Learn more.
LEARN TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF FACIAL AGING: Understanding your facial feature and how they age can seem daunting. Use this guide to help to know your jowl from your pre jowl sulcus or your nasal labial fold from your marrionette lines. Learn more.
FACELIFT PHOTO GALLERY: The before and after gallery represents a small fraction of the patients Dr. Shah has operated on. He has many more example of his work in his office. The gallery is intended to show a variety of aesthetics. All pictures shown are patients of Dr. Anil Shah. See photos.
ETHNIC FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY (EFACE): The term "ethnic" is often used to describe any patient who is of non-caucasian origin. Most patients are seeking improvements that work with their facial features and ethnicity, not to change their racial identity. Dr. Shah has subdivided ethnic plastic surgery into a few backgrounds because the differences between the ethnic characteristics can be quite large. Read more.
PROCEDURE TIMELINE: Many patients ask at what age can a patient have a facelift (or other procedure)? This timeline is intended to serve as general information on the ages at which patients may seek a procedure such as a facelift. See more.
VIDEO LIBRARY: Wonder what facelift incisions look like? Curious about what jowls are and how they can be treated? Need instruction on how to turn your head after a procedure? View these videos and more in our video library. Watch now .
COMING FROM AFAR: Dr. Shah sees a large amount of patients from all over the world. Using current technologies, such as video chat, Skype, and email, Dr. Shah makes traveling from afar a less daunting task. Begin the process.
ARTICLES ON FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY: Dr. Shah has authored over 50 scientific articles. All of the articles on this website have been authored or coauthored by Dr. Shah. His unique viewpoint about facial plastic surgery are highlighted, with several of the articles published exclusively for Plasticpedia. Browse now.
|INNOVATIONS: Dr. Shah has had or contributed to a number of innovations and discoveries in facial plastic surgery. Learn more.|
Will I have visible incisions?
Since Dr. Shah lifts up the deeper layers of the face, tension is placed here rather than on the skin. This leads to improved cosmesis of facial scars. In addition, he hides much of the scar along the hair and natural creases of the face so that little scarring is visibly present. Finally, he uses meticulous technique in closing scars. Although it takes longer, Dr. Shah prefers a two-layered closure on the facelift skin to promote optimal healing.
What is my downtime after a facelift?
Every patient has a different amount of downtime after a facelift. Many patients are able to resume normal activities after 7-10 days.
What does a facelift cost with Dr. Shah?
A facelift fee can be quoted by seeing Dr. Shah in person or sending a front, side, and oblique photograph of the face and neck.
How does Dr. Shah's technique differ from other surgeons?
1. He is one of two surgeons in the country who discovered the significance of the platysma muscle in facelifting. As such he slides the muscle backwards and repositions, creating a more lasting lift. He secures his lift in fixed anchor points which was described in a recent scientific article.
2. He does not use surgical drains. Surgical drains can be painful and cause infections. By using a revolutionary new technique, he is able to circumvent the use of drains leading to earlier recovery.
3. Well concealed incisions- By putting the tension on the deeper structures which have been lifted, Dr. Shah's technique avoids tension on the skin of the face. This allows for the maximal amount of cosmesis along facial scars.
4. Not just younger but "gorgeouser". Dr. Shah's techniques allow for patients to not just look younger but actually more attractive. He restores balance to the face by putting emphasis on the cheekbones, giving the face a more overall attractive contour.
5. Advancements- Dr. Shah has written 3 landmark papers on facelifts and facelift anatomy, making him a foremost expert on creating a better and safer facelift.