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Older, beautiful woman contemplates finding the best facelift plastic surgeon.

What Does it Mean to Be the ‘Best’ Facelift Surgeon?

Many people considering a facelift begin their search by browsing online for the “best facelift surgeon in Chicago,” or wherever they are located. It’s understandable to want the best surgeon available; however, it may be difficult to determine what that title actually means. How can you determine which surgeon is truly the best in your …

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Blonde woman's profile with a beautiful defined jawline.

Get the Distinct Jawline and Streamlined Neck You Want

An angular, contoured jawline is one of those facial features that's considered universally attractive—for both women and men. Nonsurgical and surgical techniques can create such an appearance, either by enhancing the chin, slimming the neck, or producing a narrower, more heart- or V-shaped face. A neck lift at my Chicago practice is a common choice …

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Woman deciding between traditional rhinoplasty and nonsurgical rhinoplasty.

Cosmetic vs. Functional Rhinoplasty: What’s the Difference?

Not all nose surgery is the same. Patients considering rhinoplasty at my Chicago practice often ask if the surgery can correct issues they have with breathing through their noses. They also want to know if cosmetic rhinoplasty—designed to change the size or shape of the nostrils, bridge, nasal tip, or other structures—can be combined with …

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Young woman after a rhinoplasty in Chicago.

Rhinoplasty in Chicago: The Perils of Cost Comparison

Women and men considering rhinoplasty are often willing to make certain concessions (including traveling out of the country) to find lower-cost options. If ever there is a time to heed the age-old adage, "you get what you pay for," it's when you're considering elective cosmetic surgery of any type. Risking your health, not to mention …

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Female patient and doctor compares different kinds of breast implants.

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants: What Are the Trade-Offs?

Choosing the type of implants used in breast augmentation is one of the fundamental decisions women make for breast enhancement surgery. Implants can be filled with either saline or silicone gel, and my breast augmentation patients in Chicago make their choices based on personal preferences after I explain each option's trade-offs. Most plastic surgeons strongly push patients …

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Mom laughs with her daughter after recovering from a facelift

The Physical vs. Social Recovery After a Facelift

Facelift surgery is somewhat unique in that there are really two types of recovery to consider. There is physical recovery, which involves how long before you can return to work, exercise, and perform other daily tasks. The other type of recovery—social recovery—is often overlooked. Social recovery refers to the time it takes for facelift patients …

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Older husband and wife dancing and discussing rhinoplasty

Too Old for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the few cosmetic procedures that people typically get when they're younger. Some of our older patients who come to us for a rhinoplasty consultation at our Chicago practice worry that they're too old for the procedure. It's possible to undergo cosmetic nose surgery at virtually any age as long you're in …

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Is the Pre-emptive Facelift Worth it in Chicago?

Is the “Pre-emptive” Facelift Worth It?

Many patients considering a facelift at our Chicago practice think the procedure is reserved for people 40 and above—women and men who want to solve significant aging concerns. However, the truth is this lower face surgery actually has the power to address a number of needs across a variety of age groups. Being a good facelift …

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When Breast Implants Go Wrong: Capsular Contracture in Chicago

When Breast Implants Go Wrong: Capsular Contracture

Breast augmentation patients at our Chicago practice can rest assured that our board-certified surgeons take every precaution to prevent the development of any unwanted complications. However, any implant surgery carries with it the risk of the body reacting negatively to the new device. No matter the care and precautions taken, capsular contracture is a real, though rare, …

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Plastic Nose Lifters, Clips, and Rhinoplasty Knockoffs

Plastic Nose Lifters, Clips, and Rhinoplasty Knockoffs

With every major development in plastic surgery, there follows a flood of products that promise the same results for less effort and money. The “nose job” is no exception. While rhinoplasty surgeries at our Chicago practice are more effective than ever, gimmicky products continue to crop up, claiming to shape slimmer, more lifted noses with …

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