When you look into the mirror, is the face you see looking back at you the one you remember?
The aging process comes for all of us, whether we like it or not. For some, the noticeable signs of aging may have been prevalent to us since we were still young in our 20’s and 30’s. For others, it feels like it can sneak up on us overnight.
While the efforts of facials, expensive skincare, and other beauty treatments can all help to slow down the process, there comes the point where these solutions cease to provide you with the desired results.
This is where surgical cosmetic treatments like a facelift step in. Facelifts, also known as rhytidectomy, can help create a dramatic change in a person’s face, taking over a decade off a person’s face and giving them an appearance that is younger, softer, tighter, and more refreshed.
Facelifts are among the top three cosmetic surgeries performed overall, having been performed over 234,000 times in 2020 alone. There are many benefits of a facelift that make them such a popular form of plastic surgery in Toronto, and we’re going to talk about them in today’s blog.
One of the biggest benefits of a facelift that makes it so incredibly popular is that it can simultaneously target and treat many signs of aging on the face in a single procedure.
Signs of aging can occur on the face in a number of ways and for a variety of reasons. Smoking, alcohol, sun damage, dehydration, and stress can all lead to lines and wrinkles on the face.
The benefits of a facelift can not only help treat multiple lines and wrinkles in various spots on the face and neck, but it can also help with sagging skin around the cheeks and preventing jowls, sloping brows, and creases between the brows, and more; all within a single surgical procedure. A facelift benefits those seeking corrective or preventive work rather than returning for multiple procedures.
The chin is one of the many areas on the face where a person is most self-conscious. Excess skin and fat can form around the jawline, chin, and neck, causing the area to droop down and hide the chins definition, giving a rounder and less-fit appearance. Double chins can form even if a person is physically fit. An unfortunate part of the aging process means that wrinkles and folding of the skin can appear in the sagging skin, leading to an older appearance. This is where facelift benefits kick in.
A facelift (and in some cases a neck lift) can be performed to remove the excess skin and fat, tightening it back to your chin and neckline, giving you a smoothed out, younger definition. This procedure can be paired with chin liposuction for even more accurate results.
Jowls are formed when the skin from around the mouth and cheek area loses enough elasticity that they begin to droop down to the jawline around the chin.
Jowls are one of the first things that can appear on a person when they age, with many of our patients have noticed the visible signs of jowls forming as early as their 30’s. A facelift can treat jowls by firming them back up into the cheeks and mouth, redistributing fat if required, and allowing for a more youthful and straight-cut jawline.
When your body begins to cease its production of collagen and elastin, the skin can become less elastic and form-fitting. Meanwhile, fat under the skin that keeps things supple can begin to dry up. With less fat underneath the skin and less elastic skin, the area begins to crease, fold, wrinkle, and sag.
One of the facelift benefits is that it can smooth out these issues, whether they are fine lines or deep types of wrinkles. Depending on the type of facelift you get, a facelift can treat lines and wrinkles from the neck to the mouth, eyes, brows, and forehead.
The nose and mouth are particularly prone to lines, known as smile lines, which are one such type of wrinkle that the procedure can solve, as are marionette lines, which run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin.
While the common age for a full-facelift ranges around 50 to 65, you don’t need to wait until then to undergo a facelift procedure. Our clinic offers a range of facelift procedures (which we will further describe later), which can help treat partial areas of the face or individual spots where concerns may arise without requiring the entire face to be lifted.
This means you don’t need to wait until areas of concern are well-aged and prominent on the face to receive treatment, and it can be done early as a preventative measure.
One common concern people have about any type of cosmetic plastic surgery is that the outcome will display obvious signs of a cosmetic procedure. This is likely due to the older methods of procedures from decades ago, which could result in the skin appearing too excessively tightened, smoothed, or other obvious signs that work had been done.
Today’s modern methods of facelift work to prevent this appearance, and the best signs of modern cosmetic surgery are when there are little to known signs of the procedure at all.
Our skilled team of surgeons has decades of experience and works with the forefront of modern technology to ensure your facelift results in a natural, youthful appearance without noticeable signs of a procedure. Any incisions made are often small and discreet. Usually, they are made behind the ears, or within the hairline, so they may be concealed and unnoticeable.
Our clinic is home to some of the top Toronto facelift specialists, and as such, we are proud to offer an extensive range of facelift procedures performed with the utmost care.
The mini facelift is one of the invasive forms of a facelift. This is because it only treats concerns pertaining to the lower portions of the face. This can include things like jowls, sagging skin, or wrinkles and lines around the mouth, chin, and neck areas.
As this method does not treat other areas of the face where the signs of aging show, it is a preferential procedure often sought by younger patients in their 30’s and 40’s or others who do not yet show many prominent signs of aging throughout their face. This method is not recommended if these signs of aging do exist throughout the rest of the face, however, as it can leave the bottom of the face appearing disproportionately smooth compared to the rest of the face.
The mid-facelift is another type of facelift procedure that works to treat the middle section of the face. The middle of your face is where many expressions are made, and thus wrinkles can commonly form here, such as around the eyes, by the nose, and around the cheek areas.
The mid-facelift helps to correct and remove these wrinkles, lines and to sag from these areas.
This is a popular type of facelift to combine with other procedures such as blepharoplasty (more on this below).
While this procedure can help take years off the centre of the face, it is important to note that it leaves the upper portion of the face. This means areas such as the forehead and brows, unchecked, as well as the lower portion, which includes the lips and chin. Thus, if excessive signs of aging exist in either of these areas, the mid-facelift may not be the option for you.
As the name implies, a full facelift helps to target multiple areas across the entire face, from the chin to the forehead. When performing this procedure, two types of surgical methods can be performed to get the desired results, known as the deep plane facelift and the SMAS facelift.
The deep plane facelift is a procedure that utilizes deeper surgical incisions to allow for a stronger and more precise manipulation of the underlying fat, skin, and tissues of the face. While this method is incredibly accurate and effective, it is paramount to ensure you work with an experienced and qualified surgeon, like those at our clinic, as this method is one of the most invasive types of facial cosmetic surgeries and poses risks to exposed facial nerves and muscles.
The SMAS facelift is short for “Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System” facelift. The SMAS is a layer of tissue under the skin that helps keep structural shape and support of your face and neck areas.
Other methods of facelifts typically ignore this layer, so by receiving a SMAS facelift, we can target it, allowing for a more thorough correction of the signs of aging like sagging jowls and deeper lines in the face.
We understand that undergoing a facelift can seem a little daunting, especially if you only need a minor treatment. This is why our clinic offers a non-invasive alternative procedure known as FaceTite, which can help you achieve your goals.
FaceTite is a non-invasive procedure that tightens the skin, melts fat, and reduces wrinkles in the face and neck while improving its laxity. During FaceTite, a small internal probe is placed under the skin’s sub-dermis and uses heat generated from radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production, which can help to lighten, firm and tighten up the skin.
FaceTite can be performed on the chin, cheeks, neck, and jowls. Often, this procedure is combined with liposuction to help remove excess fat in areas like the neck and jowls, to allow for a more dramatic neck and jawline contour.
This procedure is an excellent alternative for a traditional facelift, as it is a quicker procedure (Usually only lasting 60 minutes to perform) and features a short recovery downtime of 1-2 weeks. Scarring and discomfort are both often minimal if non-existent following the procedure.
While a facelift can help treat many cosmetic issues on the face, it can’t cover everything on its own. Fortunately, a facelift can be easily paired with other facial cosmetic surgeries and performed in conjunction with them. By having these procedures performed together, you can increase the overall results of your surgery, save you money in the long run, and prevent the need for returning cosmetic surgeries and extended recovery times. Here are some of the best procedures that pair with a facelift.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, helps rejuvenate the eye region to create a younger, more refreshed and alert appearance. Depending on the methods used in the procedure, blepharoplasty can be used to treat sagging upper and lower eyelids, as well as dark circles and undereye bags. This is a popular surgery to pair with mid-facelifts, which targets the centre of the face.
Facial fat transfers, also known as facial fat grafting or micro fat transplantation. This procedure helps to add volume back to the face by harvesting it from another donor area on the body.
Firstly, liposuction is used to take the excess fat from the designated donor area, usually, a location set by the patient and surgeon where excess fat is unwanted such as the stomach or thighs. Then the fat is transferred to the desired areas of the face.
Facial fat grafting is great for diminishing wrinkles and folds in the skin while plumping up areas with diminished fat such as the cheeks, hollow under eyes and to help contour along the jaw.
People often pair a neck lift with facelifts procedures to ensure that the treatment doesn’t just stop at the chin and jawline. A neck lift helps to treat the lines and wrinkles on the neck, as well as loose and sagging skin, commonly known as “turkey neck.”
If you’re looking to turn back the clock and take years off your face, please schedule a consultation with us online or call 647-723-3739 to speak with a member of our clinic. Toronto Plastic Surgeons are happy to work with you to find a treatment plan that best suits your needs and achieves your overall cosmetic goals.