Introduction

Dr. Kolenda is a uniquely qualified and experienced facelift specialist. His extensive training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery– has given him particular insight and mastery in the complexity of head and neck anatomy. His expert techniques ensure the best possible results and a very high patient satisfaction rate. His approach ranges from minimally invasive to extensively transformative, yet he always aims for long-lasting, natural effects.

At Verso Surgery in Toronto, facelift procedures are recommended for a variety of healthy patients who want to address the loose skin around their mid and lower face, turning back the clock on aging.

What is a facelift?

The full facelift treats multiple facial areas to tighten and rejuvenate the midface and jowls. Unlike eye lid surgery, with facelifts, often a brow lift and neck lift will be done in conjunction with these as well. Targeting multiple facial regions results in a dramatic reversal of wrinkles, lax skin, and overall aged appearance. Sometimes fat will be removed or repositioned to help sculpt underlying tissues that lend youthfulness to contours. The process is more invasive and complicated, requiring a longer operation and recovery but the reward can be removing decades of aging, overnight.

During a full, deep plane or SMAS facelift, multiple layers of facial tissue are adjusted, and more than one facial area targeted for improvement. The full version usually treats regions from the eye-level down. The surgeon uses surgical instruments inserted through three or more small incisions at the hairline and around the ears. Excess fat, redundant skin and loose muscles are altered. The skin is trimmed and redraped then sutured closed.

The recovery will usually require two weeks resting at home. Incisions will be hidden as much as possible in the hairline and natural creases. On average, people can expect to smooth away 10 years or more of apparent “age” on the face as shown by sagging and wrinkles. The results are long-lasting after a full facelift as well- typically a decade or more. Costs for more comprehensive lift procedures are between $10-$16,000 + HST in many cases.

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ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?

Facelift patients share common qualifications that make them excellent candidates for the procedure. Also called rhytidectomy, the methods used to perform a facelift can be adjusted to suit each individual man or woman. 

When you’re considering facial cosmetic surgery, your consultation with a specialized facial surgeon will allow for personalized feedback and procedure planning. For ideal candidates, the following qualities are often taken into consideration:

Any cosmetic surgery requires a healthy person with a robust immune system to ensure a safe, smooth recovery. Take into consideration of the patient’s age, your Toronto facelift surgeon will ask about any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. Problems with healing, bleeding, or possible infections may rule out elective surgery.

Patients should understand that recovery from a facelift requires at least a couple of weeks off in most cases and lifestyle adaptations while healing.

Ideally, skin flexibility and elasticity should be excellent. For instance, when pinched, the skin bounces back quickly. For those who are ill, malnourished, smokers or at an advanced age, the skin may not have the elasticity and general suppleness needed for ideal results.

Facial balance and youthful qualities rely somewhat on underlying bone structure, which lifts and supports tissue. Weak orbital bones, cheekbones and chin can mean less-satisfying facelift outcomes. In cases where better structure is desired, the cosmetic surgeon may advise facial implants to help harmonize features for lasting results.

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Recovery Time After A Facelift

Recovery Timeline (1-30 days)

You may choose a facelift in Toronto to rejuvenate the mid-face, lower face and jawline, or neck. There are numerous advanced procedure techniques popular with facial cosmetic surgeons and their patients today. Likewise, individual recovery times and details will vary too. This guide will outline some general, common considerations for most facelift patients. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions to ensure you have a smooth, safe recovery. Feel free to ask questions and clarify details that relate to your individual case.

During the first week, your to-do list will include rest and incision care. After a general anaesthetic, you may feel drowsy or nauseous for a couple of days. You’ll benefit from support to help with errands, household tasks, driving, child or pet care. You’ll have pain medication prescribed, and most patients take their medication for at least the first few days.

You’ll likely see your surgeon on the second day to assess incisions and ensure you’re on track. Swelling and bruising will peak around day 2 – 3. You’ll need to avoid bending over and will sleep with the head of your bed elevated to minimize swelling and discomfort. While you won’t be permitted to work out or lift anything heavy, you can walk and alternate relaxing activities with napping. Removal of your sutures may take place around the 1-week mark. You’ll have contact information to reach your surgeon or an OR nurse throughout the early days in case you have any concerns or questions.

Just like after a facial implant surgery, many people return to work at the two-week mark. Your surgeon will want to determine that your daily job requirements and lifestyle don’t cause unnecessary strain or jeopardize your results.

You’ll note that most of the bruising and swelling have disappeared by the two-week point as well. Your incisions should be closed by 14 days in most cases.

By three weeks after your Toronto facelift you’ll be confident that you don’t show obvious signs of surgery. Your results will be taking shape, and you can celebrate a revitalized appearance already.

You’ll still see some minor swelling in places, pink incisions, and may have another 3 weeks of strenuous activity restriction. Your surgeon will advise you to protect your scars from the sun.

In the second and third month after a facelift, people generally feel completely healed and will no longer have restrictions placed on their workouts or heavy lifting.

Residual sensations related to nerve regeneration are considered normal. This can include tingling, numbness or intermittent buzzing. Closer to 6 months post-procedure, nerves have healed, and facial tissue has normal sensation.

Following instructions for rest, medication and excellent nutrition can help people heal faster and enjoy their recovery process.

Results Of A Facelift

The benefits of facelift in Toronto keep it at the top of the most-requested list for men and women. While there are numerous non-surgical methods of improving skin tone, or texture, rhytidectomy achieves long-lasting result for many people. Have you considered cosmetic surgery to help smooth away wrinkles and make your face or neck appear younger? A facial rejuvenation surgery is more customizable, and more beneficial than you may realize. Here are some of the leading benefits from an expert facelift.

One of the first regions many people see signs of ageing on the face is the jaw contour and neck area. Gravity has a role to play in the downward pull of skin and underlying facial tissue. As people age, the natural elasticity and firm tone of their skin will decrease in many cases. That leads to lax muscles and stretched skin forming “turkey neck” bands and fuller jowls under the mouth corners. The jawline may seem to disappear as skin loosens and fat collects in the lower face. Men and women may begin wearing higher necked tops or scarves to hide a neck that makes them self-conscious. A facelift in Toronto, combined with neck muscle repair can dramatically rejuvenate the lower face.

Today’s Toronto facelift techniques are all about subtle, natural looking results. Careful placement of incisions, adjustment of underlying tissue and precise skin removal allow for a soft result that doesn’t seem tight. People who worried about obvious signs of facial plastic surgery in the past can rest-assured today’s approach doesn’t give away the procedure.

Whether mini or full facelift, surgery can reduce jowls on the lower cheeks, ( fat and skin protrusion below the mouth on either side.) Some patients maintain smooth, toned upper face and eye areas while developing troubling jowl bulges. A facelift uses short incisions around the ears to access the full jawline and cheek area, reposition or remove fat, and redrape the skin.

Filling facial wrinkles and folds is often done with injectable dermal filler. There’s a limit to how much benefit this non-surgical approach can achieve. Deep wrinkles and lines that make people self conscious are formed by a combination of skin changes, volume loss and gravity. A facelift targets all three issues to create lasting facial smoothing effects.

A Toronto facelift surgeon with skill and experience can place incisions in your hairline and natural creases so they’re not noticeable. The result is that no one will be able to detect you’ve had a procedure unless you tell them.

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Activity restrictions after a facelift

Our patients report very little pain after a facelift; however, sensations of tightness and visible swelling or bruising are expected. The first week or two, the appearance of your face may look concerning, though you will likely feel great. That is because the facial skin is incredibly vascular, prone to inflammation and bruising. Most of these effects will be resolved by the 14-day mark, and you’ll start looking like your younger, vibrant self.

Incisions also close by roughly two weeks, and you’ll be given instructions for keeping them protected and healing beautifully. Our experienced staff offers long-term scar care tips to keep your results looking optimal. We will provide you with a few activity restrictions which are temporary and aimed at reducing swelling, bleeding or infection risks. Taking care on how you sleep is also crucial to the healing process after a facelift. 

Most patients are advised to take two weeks off work, and if they have small children or pets at home, asking for extra help will be a good idea in the first weeks. Avoiding the gym and other aerobic activity is necessary for a few weeks only, and you’ll need to stay out of pools, baths or hot tubs for a short while.

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What is a mini facelift?

This less invasive option is helpful for many people who have only minor sagging concerns either in the midface or jowls.

Often, younger patients choose this route, and there are a couple of good reasons for this. The result of a mini lift can be extraordinarily satisfying but are subtle, so there is no dramatic change in appearance to signal that you’ve had cosmetic surgery. People often appear revitalized and look a little younger after the procedure, but no one can guess what he or she did unless the secret is shared.

It can also be beneficial to have less extreme treatment when younger because the client will continue to age gracefully and naturally but filled with confidence in an appearance more suited to how they feel. The results from a mini facelift in Toronto are long-lasting but there are limitations, so everyone must consider their goals and expectations when deciding which options suits them best.

These less-invasive versions of facial lifting surgery target the lower face and jawline in most cases. The treatment area may focus on the area around the mouth and use short incisions in front or behind the ears. Deep nasolabial fold lines called smile lines and lower face heaviness can be addressed with the shorter scar procedure. Recovery time will usually be quicker, requiring 1 week off work.

As you may expect, the visible results achieved are more subtle as well. Smoothing of the mid and lower face is often ideal for younger clients between 30-45 who don’t show severe full-face ageing. The layers of fat and muscle under the skin may be adjusted slightly using this approach. Mini facelifts are gaining popularity as earlier intervention procedures to stave off eventual dramatic sagging for many people. The cost will be between $2- $5,000 + HST less for less invasive facelifts. ( Prices are subject to change)

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