As health, education, and modern medicine lengthen the life span, most people feel physically and mentally vigorous and energetic long after their appearance begins to show signs of advancing years. The benefits of the facelift procedure are either to slow down the advance of aging by helping a relatively young individual (about forty), to retain a youthful appearance; or its purpose may be the rejuvenation of the older face, and to create a less tired, energetic appearance
Loose skin and sagging subcutaneous tissues of the face and neck are the most obvious signs of aging. Your Toronto facelift operation by Dr. Conrad is designed to remove and tighten the excessive tissues of the face and neck. In addition to the sagging, some faces become etched with numerous fine wrinkles. These may not be corrected by a facelift operation. A face peel procedure or laser skin resurfacing are effective in correcting this problem, rather than a face lift.
Dr. Conrad’s patients expect and experience a warm, reassuring ambience. Dr Conrad’s clinic is comfortable and inviting; the staff is gentle and respectful.
The facelift operation is usually performed with local anesthesia and sedation. The incisions are made inside the hairline, wherever possible, but the hair is not cut before the operation. The hair, though, should be shampooed thoroughly before entering the hospital. The site of the incisions will be discussed during your preoperative Toronto face lift visit.
There is little pain and discomfort following your Toronto face lift operation. Remember that the swelling and discolorations are temporary, as are minor changes in the configuration of the hair line, which may occur, and are usually unnoticed by the observers or even by the patients.
There may be some areas of numbness particularly around the ear, which improve to a great extent within three to twelve months. Some small patches of numbness may persist indefinitely.
Closing of the incisions is performed in such a manner as to exert no tension on the lines in front of the ear, where the scars are usually inconspicuous, even without makeup. The tension resulting from the stretched and lifted tissue is thus distributed to the areas behind the ear and the back of the ear skirting the hairline. These scars are therefore destined to be more visible and have to be camouflaged by combing the hair. At times, they may require a small adjustment under local freezing eight to twelve months after.
If the sagging is marked prior to the face lift surgery, the results may be dramatic. In younger patients, where sagging is subtle, the improvement will be less conspicuous but remarks will be made that the face looks refreshed and less tired. It cannot be predicted accurately how long the improvement will last. In ideal cases, the duration of the improvement is often from five to ten years. Fat faces will have shorter lasting improvement. The face lift surgery simply “turns back the clock but does not stop it.” No operation can permanently stop or prevent aging, but the individual’s appearance will always be more complimentary than if the operation had never been done.
If the patient has had an original face lift operation, a “preventive maintenance program” can then be implemented. This is particularly indicated in younger individuals who can maintain a youthful facial appearance for the remainder of their life by having periodic “tuck ups” every few years. This is not uncommon among media and entertainment world personalities. Patients with systemic diseases, high blood pressure, heart disease, or obesity are not acceptable candidates for face lift surgery. Patients with a short, stocky neck cannot expect the same amount of improvement as those with more favorable anatomy. A well designed skin care regime can not be stressed enough as an important adjunct for enhancing the facelift result and for making it last longer.
Your facelift scars will mature and become less noticeable within one year after your Toronto facelift surgery.
Smoking may result in poor scar quality, the scars being much wider than in non-smokers.
Many patients frequently ask whether it would be possible to have more facelifts in the future. They are also under the impression that once they have had a face lift operation, another facelift will become mandatory a few years down the road. Modern techniques used in face lifting preserve a natural hairline, thus allowing for another operation if desired in the future.
The first warm welcome you receive when you call us, is immediate reassurance that you are our focus. We will make certain that you are at ease and comfortable with your progress until you are well recovered and healed.Back