Facelift surgery, medically termed “rhytidectomy”, is a transformative intervention in cosmetic medicine, offering significant restoration of youthful vitality. If you are noticing skin laxity, sagging jowls, an ill defined jawline and an overall change to your youthful appearance, then surgical intervention may be the desired option to provide significant changes for a refreshed appearance.

With insights from Dr. Philip Solomon—one of Toronto’s top Facelift surgeons —this article addresses frequently asked questions about facelift surgery, providing insights into preparation, recovery, and outcomes.

1. Who qualifies as a candidate for a facelift in Toronto?

Ideal candidates typically encompass those experiencing mid to lower-face aging, characterized by sagging skin, diminished jawline definition, and the emergence of jowls.

Moreover, individuals with pronounced facial creases and folds stand to benefit from this procedure, attaining structural corrections beyond the scope of less intensive treatments.

While age is a general guideline, candidates typically range from 40 to 75 years, with younger individuals exhibiting early signs of aging also suitable for consideration. Non-smokers with healthy lifestyles are prime candidates, as these factors significantly contribute to optimal healing and long-term results. 

2. How is facelift surgery performed?

Facelift surgery involves strategically placed incisions within the hairline and around the ears. These incisions grant the surgeon access to underlying facial structures, enabling the precise removal of excess skin, fat and the repositioning of muscles and tissues. 

The process is designed to restore a youthful and revitalized appearance. Depending on individual goals and the unique characteristics of one’s facial anatomy, surgeons may recommend various types of facelifts, such as the traditional facelift, the deep plane facelift, or a mini facelift in Toronto. Dr. Solomon prefers the deep plane facelift technique as it provides a more natural and longer lasting outcome.

Each facelift type is chosen based on the patient’s specific needs, aesthetic goals, and the extent of aging, ensuring personalized, effective results.

3. What type of anesthesia is used during facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery typically uses one of two anesthesia types to ensure patient comfort and safety: general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.

  • General anesthesia: This fully sedates the patient, ensuring that they are completely asleep and feel no discomfort during the procedure.
  • Intravenous sedation: Often referred to as twilight sedation, this method uses an IV to administer sedation but does not put the patient fully to sleep. Some surgeons prefer it for facelift surgery, allowing for a faster recovery from the anesthesia.

The choice between general anesthesia and intravenous sedation will depend on the patient’s preference, overall health, and the surgeon’s preference for the procedure.

4. What makes a deep plane facelift in Toronto different?

Renowned in Toronto for his expertise in the deep plane facelift technique, Dr. Philip Solomon, has set the bar high for facial rejuvenation in Canada. Developed in 1990 and refined over decades, the deep plane facelift technique offers several advantages:

  • Comprehensive repositioning: It releases deep facial attachments for better repositioning.
  • Vertical lift: Utilizes an anti-gravity lift direction for natural results.
  • SMAS layer lift: Involves lifting the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer for a thorough correction.
  • Minimal scarring: Reduces skin tension, minimizing scarring and providing a more natural look.

5. How long does the facelift surgery take?

The facelift surgery typically is performed in 3 to 4 hours, but can vary. Often patients will incorporate other procedures with their facelift for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Procedures such as blepharoplasty, brow lifts, facial fat grafting and laser resurfacing can extend the length of the procedure. 

6. What should I expect post-surgery?

Post-operative care is crucial for a smooth recovery. Initial symptoms might include tightness and discomfort around the treated areas, which can be managed effectively with prescribed pain medications. Patients are generally advised to take a few weeks off work and refrain from strenuous activities for at least three weeks. 

Healing varies by individual, but typically, significant swelling and bruising improve within about ten days. The strategic placement of incisions along the hairline and natural facial creases helps conceal any scarring.

7. Will my face look unnaturally tight after surgery?

A common concern is the fear of looking “stretched” post-facelift. Modern facelift techniques, specifically the deep plane facelift offered in Toronto, focus on repositioning and tightening underlying tissues rather than merely stretching the skin, which avoids the unnatural appearances seen in early facelifts.

Choosing a skilled facelift surgeon in Toronto for your facelift surgery is imperative to achieve natural and harmonious results that will enhance and compliment your overall facial structure.

8. When will the results become evident?

Visible improvements can be noticed immediately, despite initial swelling and bruising, which subside within the first few weeks.

A facelift’s final, more stable outcome will emerge approximately 1 to 3 months post-surgery as the tissues fully heal, revealing a more youthful and snatched appearance, often making patients look up to a decade younger.

9. Are facelift results permanent?

While a facelift can significantly rejuvenate facial appearance and reduce visible signs of aging, it does not halt the natural aging process. The duration of the results varies among individuals due to differing aging patterns and lifestyle factors.

Dr. Solomon collaborates with patients to set realistic treatment goals before a facelift procedure. His objective is to achieve a balanced, natural-looking result.

By tailoring each procedure to the patient’s unique needs, Dr. Solomon ensures that patients can enjoy their youthful appearance for many years, though the natural aging process will continue.

10. Can I have more than one facelift in Toronto?

There isn’t a strict limit on the number of facelifts you can have, with results typically lasting 10 to 15 years.

However, multiple procedures may lead to an unnatural, overly tight appearance due to the cumulative effects on skin, muscles, and fat. Most surgeons agree that 3 to 4 facelifts are the upper limit, but individual cases vary. For personalized advice, consult with your surgeon.

11. Is facelift surgery safe?

When performed by a certified and experienced facelift surgeon in Toronto, a facelift is generally safe. Nonetheless, like any surgical procedure, it carries potential risks such as infection, bleeding and nerve damage.

Choosing a reputable surgeon and following all pre- and post-operative care instructions are crucial to minimizing any risks.

Choose Solomon Facial Plastic for Your Facelift in Toronto

Facelift surgery, whether it’s a traditional facelift, a deep plane facelift, or a mini facelift in Toronto, offers a pathway to a more youthful and revitalized appearance. 

At Solomon Facial Plastic, we provide effective, natural-looking results tailored to each individual’s unique needs. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us at 1-866-293-0616 or contact us here.