Facelift& Necklift in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Remove Years or Decades from Your Face


Introduction to a Facelift in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Facelifts & Necklifts in Chicago & Vernon Hills, IL

Facelifts, also known as Rhytidectomies, are a safe and effective surgery that helps the patient achieve a more youthful appearance.

With over 75 years of combined experience in Vernon Hills & Chicagoland area, our Board Certified surgeon, Dr. Leonard Lu and expert staff at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa have everything it takes to effectively guide you through the entire face & necklift process, ensuring that you get the look you’ve always wanted.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

3-4 Hours


Local or General Anesthesia

Back to Work

1 - 2 Weeks

Total Recovery Time

4 Weeks

Duration of Results

Long Lasting

# of Treatments


Treatment overview

Over the course of our lives, a combination of factors begin to take a toll on our faces. Gravity, sun and even stress cause us to develop wrinkles and deep creases in our necks, jaws and faces.

These signs of aging can be counteracted through a facelift, one of the most powerful procedures for facial rejuvenation. A facelift in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL tightens the muscles under the skin, removes excess fat and skin, and gives the face a younger, fresher look. It is not uncommon for patients to look 10 or 20 years younger following a facelift procedure.


Used to Treat:


Midface sagging

Deep creases under the eyes

Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)

Jowls due to loss of muscle tone

Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw


Benefits of a Facelift

  • It can lift and tighten sagging skin.
  • A facelift can create a youthful, energetic, invigorated facial appearance.
  • Excess fat can be removed, if necessary
  • Wrinkles or frown lines can be removed
  • Jowls that obscure the jawline can be removed

How it Works

The Consultation

We welcome you to contact us to make an appointment in our Vernon Hills office for a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.

We charge $100 for surgical consultations that last about 40 minutes. Your consultation is the best time to discuss any questions or concerns you might have on the facelift. During your consultation, our board-certified surgeon will also help educate you on what to expect for the facelift procedure, like how the procedure is completed, what the risks and complications are, and what the recovery will be like. You can expect to discuss a quote for the price of the procedure, and you should be ready to provide a comprehensive medical history for the physician.

It’s important to communicate what your aesthetic goals are, so that your surgeon can get a better idea as to how the facelift can help you. Our surgeon will also discuss alternative options to the facelift, if needed.

Facelifts and necklifts are typically performed together as aging effects both the face and neck together.  In addition, the incisions around the ears allow the surgeon to improve both areas with one surgery.  Other procedures such as eyelid surgeries, brow lifts, lip lifts, fat transfer, and skin resurfacing will be discussed as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan.

Facelift Procedure

Your facelift will be an outpatient procedure that’s performed in our accredited surgery center in Vernon Hills, IL.

You will be placed under local or general anesthesia, and your surgeon will make incisions hidden in the sideburn and then in the normal folds in front of the ear, behind the earlobe, and in the hidden crease behind the ear to the scalp.

The incision should be well hidden along the hairline and the lines of the face. Your surgeon will then create a skin flap and move or reduce tissue and fat under the skin.

With most modern facelifts, the muscular substructure of the face is lifted upward, the muscular structure of the neck is pulled sideways, and the skin is gently re-draped on top, almost like smoothing a bedsheet. This differs drastically from skin-only lifts of the past, which left patients looking overly pulled, tight, and windswept.

Dr. Lu’s facelift and necklifts focus on making you look natural.  You will be a younger version of yourself, not a different version of yourself.

The Recovery

Its common to experience some swelling and bruising after your facelift or necklift.  A typical facelift recovery spans from 2-4 weeks.

After your facelift, your head and face will be wrapped with a bandage that goes around the chin to reduce bleeding and swelling. Bandages or dressings have to be worn for up to a week after the procedure, only to be taken off during activities like showering or eating. After that the dressings can be worn only during sleep. You and our surgeon will make a recovery schedule for your facelift, and discuss a recovery regimen and how to take care of your incisions.

It’s important to have someone who can drive you home and take care of you for the first 24 hours following your face & necklift. Your surgeon will send you home with both instructions for your recovery and supplies that will help your face & necklift heal correctly.

It’s important that you rest for the first week of your recovery after a Facelift. You should avoid lifting heavy objects or undergoing strenuous activity for the first week of your recovery.

Sutures will be removed in about a week and scar care will consist of sunblock, massage and silicone scar treatments.  Scars typically heal well and are often inconspicuous after several months, such that patients often feel comfortable wearing a pony tail without preoccupation with the scars.

RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery during facelift surgery
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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Facelift

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Book Your Facelift

A younger, rejuvenated face is just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about Facelifts and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


Facelift final checkup. I’m one happy camper. I find the girls that work there super knowledgeable, helpful & super friendly. They treat everybody as if we’re all family
-Karen Christopher

Facelift/Neck Lift

Very friendly team, they are all very professional, it is a very clean facility. Dr.Leonard Lu does wonderful work. I am very happy with my results.

-Cynthia Brechel

Doctor Ritacca and his team (Stephanie, Vanessa, Honey et al) have provided me a friendly painless experience with a great results.

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