Aging is a natural process that everyone experiences. A facelift procedure from Dr. Robert Mounsey in Toronto, ON, can treat signs of aging in the face. As you get older, the skin starts to lose elasticity and tightness, causing it to loosen and sag.
The sagging skin causes you to lose some contouring in your face, especially around your jaw line. Fat deposits around your face also begin to move downward, causing you to lose volume in your face. This can also make you look heavier around your chin and neck. Finally, wrinkles begin to form around your mouth and at the corners of your eyes. Getting a facelift from Dr. Mounsey will improve or erase these issues and make you look up to ten years younger.
Options for surgical treatment of the facial aging include full face lift as well as more targeted procedures such as brow-lift, mid-facelift, neck-lift and facial liposuction.
How the Facelift Procedure is Performed
Incisions are made at or just behind the hairline to keep any scars hidden. The incision typically goes from the temple down in front of and around the ear and back towards the neck. The incision can also be made behind the ear if preferred. After the incisions are made, the surgeon can do several things depending on your face needs. Fat deposits may be removed from around your jawline and the lower half of your face. Fat can also be moved back into your cheeks to restore some volume to your face.
The skin may be lifted back towards the incisions to eliminate jowls or sagging skin around your jaw and chin. Extra soft tissue may be removed if necessary. Lifting your skin also helps smooth out the wrinkles that form around your mouth and improve the fold lines between your mouth and nose.
The skin is lifted back to the incisions and sutured into place. The sutures are then bandaged to keep the incisions clean and protected. You may also have drainage tubes placed in your incisions to help drain any extra fluid. Once the procedure is complete and you are stable, you’ll be carefully brought out of anesthesia.
Recovery Time for Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery patients typically experience some mild pain and swelling after the procedure. Some patients may also have bruising around their face. The first couple of days after your facelift surgery will be the worst, but you will get better over time. It’s important to remember that every patient reacts to surgery differently.
When you are not happy about the way you look, nothing can make you feel better than doing something about it. It wasn't an easy decision, but one I had thought about for many years. It was worth it. What surprised me most, was the pain and the healing time. After the surgery, a simple extra strength Tylenol was all that was required. The healing time was much faster than I had anticipated. The change in my appearance was such that I had many compliments on how well I looked, but the look was so natural, that except for my closest friends, no one could ascertain that I had had surgery. I am happier in my appearance than I have been in years. It was worth every penny spent.
Some patients have more severe swelling but no bruising, while other patients may only feel mild discomfort. Any pain you do experience can be managed with pain medication recommended or prescribed to you by your surgeon. Swelling and bruising can be treated with an ice pack or cold compress routine. If you have drainage tubes, this will also help alleviate the swelling by removing excess fluid.
Before your facelift surgery, you will be given a set of instructions for taking care of yourself and your face during your recovery. It’s important to get as much rest as possible and to avoid any strenuous activity. Your head should be kept elevated to minimize your swelling and maintain good circulation. You should also be drinking lots of fluids to flush your system. You’ll be able to shower and wash your face after the first 24 hours, but this should be done gently and without spraying water directly on your sutures.
With extensive experience in the field of facial plastic surgery, Dr. Mounsey has earned a reputation for providing amongst the best facelift has to offer and is well qualified to help you determine whether facial surgery is right for you.
Facelift Surgery FAQs
Who makes a good candidate for a facelift?
If you have loose or sagging skin in your face, a loss of volume around your cheeks, deeper folds in the space between your mouth and nose, jowls, or a double chin, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. Ideal candidates for facelift surgery have good overall health, are nonsmokers, and are realistic in their expectations. There are also certain medical conditions that make it harder for patients to heal and may put them at greater risk for complications.
Why do I have to be a nonsmoker?
Being a nonsmoker is important because smoking can restrict blood flow through your body. Nicotine is a natural vasoconstrictor, which means that it causes your blood vessels to shrink in size and makes it harder for blood to move throughout your body. Having good blood circulation ensures that your body is getting the nutrients it needs and that toxins are flushed out of your system. This is critical to the healing process and reduces your risk of complications. Even if you are a smoker now, you can quit before your surgery and still have a chance of being a candidate.
Will a facelift treat wrinkles in my forehead?
No. A facelift only treats the lower region of your face, which includes the area between your mouth and nose, around your mouth, and around your jaw line.
Are my results permanent?
A facelift can’t stop you from aging and it won’t keep your face looking exactly the same. However, a facelift can make you look up to ten years younger than your actual age and keep you looking ten years younger if you take care of yourself and your face.
How long is the recovery from facelift surgery?
The length of your recovery from facelift surgery will vary depending on the extent of your facelift and how your body reacts to the procedure. Typically, patients can return to work after about two weeks. Moderate exercise can usually be resumed after four to six weeks.
When can I get my bandages removed?
The amount of time for keeping your bandages on will vary for each patient, but typically bandages are removed within a couple days. You will have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon within the first two days after your procedure to have your bandages checked, drainage tubes removed, and to observe your overall healing. Sutures may be removed after a few days.
Are there other procedures that work with a facelift?
There are several procedures that can be done at the same time as a facelift to give you even better results. A neck lift is one of the most common choices because it helps treat some of the same problems that are addressed in a facelift. For example, a facelift and a neck lift can help the appearance of jowls. A neck lift can also treat loose skin around the neck and improve the appearance of a double chin or “turkey neck”. Brow lifts and eyelifts are also commonly performed with a facelift because a facelift only treats the lower half of the face. A browlift will treat sagging skin and wrinkles in the forehead, while an eyelift will treat similar signs of aging around the eyes.
Are there any risks or complications with facelift surgery?
All surgeries have a risk of complications, but most of them are extremely rare. Most patients will only experience mild pain, swelling, and bruising following their facelift surgery. However, there are more serious complications associated with this procedure, including infections, clotting, scarring, skin discoloration or irregularities, numbness, temporary or permanent hair loss where the incisions are made, and nerve damage. You can minimize your risk of complications from your facelift by following the pre- and post-surgery instructions given to you by your surgeon, taking care of yourself, and choosing a highly-trained plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.
Why should I choose Dr. Mounsey for my facelift?
Dr. Mounsey is a double board certified plastic surgeon who is known for his attention to detail and for creating natural – looking results. Dr. Mounsey is a facial plastic surgeon, which means he focuses his attention on procedures for the face and neck, including facelift surgery. He uses state-of-the-art technology in his practice, including the Canfield Mirror Imaging system, which gives his patients a virtual idea of how their results may look. Dr. Mounsey and his staff ensure that their patients have a comfortable and quality experience from the initial contact to the end of the recovery process.
How do I schedule a facelift consultation?
If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for facelift surgery, you can schedule a patient consultation with Dr. Mounsey in Toronto, ON, by contacting Revesse Rhinoplasty and Facial Cosmetic Surgery at 416-438-2499.
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