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Aging, genetics, and fluctuation in weight can take a toll on the skin and muscles, causing many patients to look older than they feel.

Dr. Stuart Baker can restore youthful definition to your face and neck and help you feel more confident in your appearance.

Why do so many of our patients throughout the greater Champaign, IL, area choose a facelift?

What Is a Rhytidectomy?

A rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure designed to address loose skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity that can develop with age or substantial weight loss. Patients throughout Champaign, Decatur, and Monticello, IL, choose to undergo a rhytidectomy to increase their self-confidence and look as young as they feel.

Why do patients throughout Illinois choose Dr. Baker?

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Custom Cosmetic Enhancement

Dr. Baker has worked as a board-certified plastic surgeon for decades and is well aware of the importance of personalized care. Every patient is unique and approached with a custom-designed treatment plan. Depending on your needs and goals, we can provide several modern facelift techniques to ensure the most effective and natural-looking results.

While undergoing plastic surgery is a major decision, please know that we will be here every step of the way to answer your questions and ease your concerns. If you are interested in a facelift procedure and wish to learn more, schedule a consultation at one of our conveniently located offices in Champaign, Decatur, and Monticello, Illinois. You can reach us online or by calling:

(217) 877-9439

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A Closer Look at the Procedure

Depending on your skin type and the extent of your treatment plan, the surgery may take up to three hours. Here is what you can expect when you arrive at our Champaign, IL, surgical center on the day of your procedure:

Your incisions will be closed with stitches or sutures.
Your incisions will be closed with stitches or sutures.


We begin by administering general anesthesia to induce a state of unconsciousness. During the surgery, you will remain in a deep sleep while your vitals are carefully monitored by our team


Our plastic surgeon creates incisions along the hairline and around the ear, sometimes extending down to the chin depending on the technique we have chosen. The skin is then lifted to provide access to the underlying tissues.


Next, we begin to define the face by tightening the loose muscles. If you have a significant amount of excess fat, we may perform liposuction or a neck lift to the slim lower face and jaw. Some fat cells may be redistributed to supplement areas of lost volume. Finally, the skin is pulled taut, and the surplus is trimmed away.

Finishing Touches

Once the skin is draped in the proper position, we close the incisions with stitches or sutures. We may also place a surgical drain to prevent fluid buildup in the days immediately following the procedure.

Post-Op Timeline

Days 1-3

It is important to plan for several weeks of rest and time off work following your facelift surgery. We recommend coordinating with a friend or family member to assist you in the first few days of your recovery. Post-operative pain can vary from mild to moderate, but we will help you manage discomfort with medication. 

Weeks 2-3

The most common side effects are swelling and bruising, but these should subside significantly in the second week. Many patients return to work and resume light activity 10 to 14 days after the procedure with Dr. Baker's approval. 

1 Month Onward

While the effects of the procedure will be noticeable once the worst of the side effects fade, residual swelling is normal for several months. You can expect to settle into the final results about a year following the surgery.

The best way to maintain your results is by leading a healthy lifestyle, avoiding sun damage, and using good skincare products. Nonsurgical treatments like BOTOX and laser skin resurfacing can also enhance the effects and prolong the signs of aging. 

Thrilled With Her Natural-Looking Results

My look is as natural as can be. When I returned home, everyone said how great I looked, and they still do. No one could figure it out. Ironically, face lifts were in among my age group (age 53) last summer. I listened to peoples' comments "Oh my, she had a face lift." Me not being in the least bit embarrassed about mine would tell them. Everyone was shocked. As I said, they were saying I looked great.  K.B.
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The Center for Cosmetic Medicine

Dr. Stuart Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. He has been recognized as a "master injector" by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® products, for excellent patient outcomes. In addition to being a skilled plastic surgeon, he is also an orthopedic hand surgery specialist. His prestigious affiliations include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons — ASPS 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery — ASAPS 
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery — AACS 
  • American Medical Association — AMA 

Use our online form to schedule a consultation at a location near you in Monticello, Champaign, or Decatur. Or call us at:

(866) 893-4979

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