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WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF A FACELIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY)?

Since advances in modern medicine have enabled individuals to live longer and healthier lives, many patients are considering cosmetic facial surgery as a means to transform their outward facial appearance to more accurately reflect their inner health and vitality. Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) falls within this category of highly popular facial aesthetic enhancement procedures. It is performed to help correct problematic cosmetic facial issues, including, but not limited to facial aging. Contact our plastic surgery clinic in Montreal to learn more about facelift procedures.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FACELIFTS?

Each individual possesses unique facial characteristics, including variances in skin thickness, soft tissue composition, and bone structure. Additionally, the decision to undergo a facelift varies from one individual to another; some choose surgery at the onset of sagging skin, while others consider it only after exhausting non-surgical alternatives.

If you’re contemplating this procedure, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the different types of facelifts available, as each targets distinct aspects of facial anatomy. Here are some alternatives to consider for achieving the desired rejuvenated appearance.

Mini facelift

Mini facelift

A mini facelift focuses on rejuvenating specific areas of the face, particularly from the temples down to the cheeks and jawline. This procedure targets minor jowls and sagging skin, typically not extending to the neck region.  By employing small, discreet incisions placed under the hairline, surgeons can tighten the skin, remove excess tissue, and perform a fat transfer to restore volume lost due to aging. This approach effectively reduces the appearance of jowls, which tend to develop around the lower portion of the cheeks and mouth over time.

Full facelift

 

A complete facelift is often recommended for individuals who display advanced signs of aging in both the upper and lower areas of the face. These indicators may manifest as sagging or drooping skin, pronounced wrinkles and creases in the skin, excess fat or skin around the chin or jowl region, and hooded or drooping eyelids due to laxity in the forehead tissues.

During a full facelift procedure, incisions are strategically positioned behind the ears and extended into the hairline, granting the surgeon access to the deeper layers of facial tissues and muscles. Using various techniques, the surgeon elevates and repositions tissues to a higher level on the face, eliminates surplus skin, and carefully repositions the skin before closing the incisions.

Deep plane facelift

A deep plane facelift is an advanced surgical procedure that involves repositioning the deeper layers of facial tissues, including the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). By addressing these deeper structures, such as muscles and fat pads, this technique achieves more comprehensive and enduring rejuvenation results. It is highly effective in correcting severe sagging and drooping in the mid-face and jowl areas, ultimately restoring a natural and radiant appearance.

Non-surgical facelift (also called liquid facelift)

Looking for a non-surgical option? The best and most popular non-surgical option for a facial rejuvenation procedure is a liquid facelift. This method uses injections, Botox, and dermal fillers to volumize and lift problem areas of the face and smooth out wrinkles. These fillers can stimulate collagen production and enhance skin elasticity. You could also use a laser treatment such as Ulthera, a non-invasive cosmetic treatment used to tighten the skin of the face, eyebrows, and neck.

Example of results of a liquid facelift (by @Victortheinjector)

Example liquid facelift Montreal

FACE LIFT BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS

When considering your options for a face lift surgery, take the time to find several facelift before and after photos to decide which one you’d like to proceed with. Because faces vary so much in size and shape, it is important to try to find out what exactly you like. This will enable you to distinguish your preferences from other faces that are similar but may not be exactly what you prefer. It will help paint a more accurate picture of your aesthetic goals.

Face Lift Before & After Photos

WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OF FACIAL AGING?

  • PERSISTENT POCKETS/DEPOSITS OF DISPLACED FACIAL FAT
  • FACIAL PTOSIS (SAGGING)
  • THE APPEARANCE OF “JOWLS” OR A “DOUBLE CHIN”
  • CREASES ALONG THE NASOLABIAL FOLDS (MARIONETTE LINES)
  • CREASES BENEATH THE LOWER EYELIDS.

WHAT CAN ACCELERATE FACIAL AGING?

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The aesthetic changes that result from aging of the face are due to several natural, genetic, and environmental factors, such as

  • Sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Gravity
  • Decreasing collagen and elastin levels
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Thinning facial skin
  • Loss of facial volume

WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF FACELIFT SURGERY?

The general objectives of facelift surgery are to correct these aesthetic problems by tightening the underlying facial tissues and musculature, eliminating surplus fat in the neck and face regions and excising any loose or hanging skin. Earlier facelift techniques focused primarily on the goal of basic skin tightening, which often resulted in the distortion or unnatural appearance of facial features. Modern facelift methods have rectified this problem by incorporating deeper tissue-lifting techniques, allowing surgeons to create a more naturally rejuvenated facial appearance with longer term lasting results.

Facelift procedures can be highly customizable. After analyzing your facial anatomy and listening to your surgical goals, Dr. Sinno will create a customized treatment plan to help reflect your specific needs and treatment objectives. 

WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURAL DETAILS AND RECOVERY PERIOD FOR FACELIFT SURGERY?

Facelift surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting, under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and lasts between two to five hours. During your facelift surgery, Dr. Sinno will make incisions in front of, and behind your ear, taking great care to ensure that your incisions will be as inconspicuous as possible. The specific details of each individual’s facelift can vary significantly. They depend upon the patient’s unique facial features and surgical goals. Your rhytidectomy procedure may or may not include liposuction of the neck and jowls, tightening of the facial musculature and the removal or repositioning of surplus facial skin.

The length of your post-surgical recovery period will depend upon the capacity of your body to heal itself, the level of surgical correction performed and the number of procedures that you have undergone. Elevating your head will help to reduce post-surgical facial swelling and bruising, which typically peaks during the first 24-48 hours, and subsides within two to four weeks.

WHAT IS THE POST-OPERATIVE ADVICE AND CARE AFTER FACELIFT SURGERY?

Face lifting surgery generally takes two to five hours, after which, you may be released (depending on your medical condition and health state) to a friend or family member and may return home to continue your recovery. In some cases, Dr. Sinno may decide to keep you overnight to help you have a safer and more comfortable post-operative recovery.

Mini facelifts are usually day surgery procedures and a full facelift, especially those combined with other procedures, may require an overnight stay.

Dr. Sinno and his team will apply a special dressing and initial bandages that should be kept dry and clean until your scheduled follow-up, which is generally under a week. At that point, the bandages will be removed and your post-operative state will be evaluated.

The bandages usually are removed before the week after surgery. Dr. Sinno recommends that all bandages should remain dry and clean after your surgery until your first follow-up appointment. Showers should be avoided until authorized by Dr. Sinno. This is usually after all bandages are removed at the first postoperative visit. Until then, sponge baths are recommended.

White non-scented shampoo and soap are recommended to be used along with running water on the incisions after the bandages are removed and when given medical authorization to do so.

You will be advised to refrain from moving your arms above your shoulders immediately following your facelift procedure. This is usually advised for a two-week period.

Dr. Sinno recommends that patients refrain from all activities that may increase their heart rate or blood pressure, including exercise, sexual activity, stressful situations, etc.

However, it is recommended that patients walk and perform their usual activities within the limitation of the medical advice given and their tolerance to their comfort. No lifting more than 10 lbs. (4 kg) is recommended for at least two weeks after the surgery.

For the first week, sleeping on your back is preferred with the head of the bed elevated to at least 45 degrees, to help reduce post-operative swelling.

Patients are advised to always keep their heads above their hearts and to refrain from bringing their heads down below the shoulders. Patients are advised to bend their knees and go down to put on or take off footwear etc.., This will ensure that the head is not suspended lower than the chest level.

Patients are recommended not to drive when taking narcotic pain medications and when having bulky dressings that may hinder their normal reflexes and reactivity.

Incisions of a typical facelift surgery are around the upper and lower parts of the ear. To prevent scarring, we suggest that eyeglasses and hearing aids be worn only after one week following facelift surgery.

The longevity of a facelift varies depending on individual factors such as age, lifestyle, and genetics. On average, the results of a facelift can last between 10 and 15 years, though ongoing aging and environmental influences may impact the duration of the outcome. Regular maintenance and skincare can help prolong the effects of the procedure. Afterwards, some opt for additional touch-ups to maintain their rejuvenated look.

General Healing

You may experience some swelling and bruising that will peak two to three days after your surgery, and usually subsides within two to six weeks. Post-operative swelling, pain, bruising and duration may differ, depending on the patient and extent of the facelift.

You will be expected to be able to see visible aesthetic improvements in your face immediately following your facelift. These results should continue to progress over the following weeks, as the incision site heals and the swelling decreases. Swelling can take six weeks to subside. Dr. Sinno advises his patients that final results should be expected at the one year point post-operative period when all scars and incisions should be mature.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH A FACELIFT?

All medical and surgical procedures have inherent risks and potential complications associated with them. It is imperative that you understand the potential risks, complications and consequences that can arise after the medical or surgical procedure you undertake. This understanding will better allow you to be able to provide informed consent based on the comparison to the potential benefit of the desired procedure.

Although the materialization of inherent risks is rare and developing complications is unlikely, these are real events that can occur. Dr. Sinno is an expert in his field and can help you understand the risk/benefit profile of your desired procedure.

HOW MUCH DOES A FACELIFT SURGERY COST?

Since no two patients have exactly the same facial anatomy or aesthetic goals, it is important to customize each procedure to address the unique cosmetic concerns of the patient. The extent of the surgery, the patient’s goal, the experience of the surgeon and of the support staff will heavily influence the price.

The average cost of a facelift procedure ranges between $12,000 to $22,000 plus applicable taxes.

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Dr. Sinno and his well-trained team have worked hard to create a welcoming and comforting environment. They will take the time to thoroughly explain your procedure details and options. Your procedure will be uniquely customized to reflect your personal aesthetic goals. We look forward to providing you with a safe and comfortable experience, as well as giving you the treatment that you deserve.

Do you have more questions? We are happy to answer them. We invite you to contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.

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