What to Expect from A Facelift Procedure

A facelift can rejuvenate your facial appearance if you have saggy skin or folds around the neck or jawline. Modern procedures can address issues with facial volume by utilizing the latest surgical tools and 3D imaging processes. Dr. Born from TMB Cosmetic Surgery applies the latest Toronto facelift techniques for aesthetically pleasing and natural results.

What is a facelift procedure?

A facelift describes a cosmetic procedure to eliminate signs of aging. It is a popular procedure, with approximately 130,000 patients undergoing a facelift annually.

A facelift may involve incisions around the ear lobes to reposition the skin. Your cosmetic surgeon may pull the skin upwards and backward to reveal a youthful appearance.

As you age, collagen production in the body decreases, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. A facelift cannot reverse the aging process or completely change your appearance. But it can address wrinkles or

The process may vary depending on the target area. Most procedures focus on the mid-face, jaw, or neck.

A facelift can fix signs of aging including:

  • Jowls, or droopy skin on your jawline
  • Creases around the nose and mouth
  • A double chin or droopy skin around the neck
  • Slacking facial fat

What is a fat transfer procedure?

A fat transfer is a procedure performed to augment the results of your facelift. Also known as fat grafting, its purpose is to restore facial volume where necessary.

Fat grafting involves extracting fat cells from another location in your body to transfer to your face. The fat is processed and concentrated before reinjecting it into the target area. The body will absorb some fat but will retain approximately 70%.

Fat grafting targets the upper face and cheekbones, where facial volume loss is usually apparent. Some patients retain their facial volume, making the fat transfer unnecessary.

However, the procedure can dramatically improve the results of your facelift. Face grafting often targets the malar section of the face near the nasal ridge. It also provides a fuller, rounded appearance and folds between the nose and corners of the mouth.

Facelift contraindications and risks

As with most procedures, the patient must be healthy and free from conditions that would impact recovery. The ideal candidates are people with signs of aging but whose skin still retains some elasticity.

Patients in their 40s and 60s tend to have the best characteristics for a facelift. But the procedure can be effective for patients of all ages, even those below 40 or over 60.

If you smoke, your cosmetic surgeon will ask you to quit before commencing the procedure. Nicotine can negatively influence the cardiovascular system and increase the risk of complications. Tobacco conflicts with general anesthesia, leading to high blood pressure or heart conditions.

You must also be mentally fit and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Your cosmetic surgeon will review your medical history, physical health, and prescriptions and discuss your aesthetic goals to ensure optimal outcomes. Clinical images of your face may be taken with your consent to facilitate treatment planning.

Contact TMB Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a facelift consultation today.