What’s the Difference?

When googling Facelift Surgeon Toronto, you will likely see several terms used to describe Facelift surgery; Mini Facelift, Necklift and Facelift. What exactly is the difference between these procedures? And how do you choose the best facelift surgeon for you?

Mini-Facelift is a technique used by many surgeons and often addresses the structures of the mid-face down to the jawline. This technique may provide shorter-term results and can be a helpful procedure for those who don’t yet require the jawline or neck to be addressed. The term Mini-Facelift may also be used for marketing purposes to target a younger demographic that may not feel they are not quite ready for facelift surgery.

Neck Lift surgery is a technique that solely addresses the neck. Neck lift surgery does not include the lower face and jawline, an area of the face that often shows signs of aging especially in women. Many people may think they only need a little tuck on the neck to rejuvenate their appearance, however, the jawline and lower face are often required for optimal and fluid results.

“We often see patients who have taken good care of their skin using medical grade skin care, energy devices such as Morpheus, Facetite, Sofwave and Ultherapy over the years.” says Dr. Solomon. Many people however tend to neglect the area beneath the jawline and neck, so this area may look more aged and benefit from surgical intervention.” Dr. Solomon continues, “We educate our patients in consultation about facelift surgery and the different techniques used to address different signs of aging so they understand how to best achieve their goals.”

Facelift surgery many years ago, referenced the entire face from the top of the hairline to the neck. While technique and terminology may vary from surgeon to surgeon today, the term Facelift generally references the area of the face from the top of the ear down to the neck. Many surgeons offer additional procedures for optimal facial rejuvenation. Browlift surgery to address the forehead, Blepharoplasty to modify the upper and lower eyelids, and Lip Lift surgery to shorten an elongated lip (the area from the base of the nostrils to the upper lip) which can make the face look more youthful. Some patients develop chin recession as they age, and that can be addressed with a chin implant in combination with facelift surgery.

How do you know if you are a candidate for facelift surgery? According to Dr. Philip Solomon of Solomon Facial Plastic in Toronto, “If you can pinch an inch then you are a candidate for facelift surgery.” Meaning, if you can pull skin, one inch laterally on your cheek just in front of your ear, then you have skin laxity, and that can be addressed with Facelift surgery. Dr. Solomon is one of a handful of surgeons who specializes in a technique called the Deep Plane Facelift technique.

The Deep Plane Facelift is an advanced technique used to address the deeper structures of the face, not just the top layer of skin. This technique tightens underlying tissues which collectivley contribute to a longer lasting and more natural result. The recovery time needed for this procedure ranges from 10-14 days before being “street ready” again.

“Our goal is to take care of our facelift patients beyond their surgical experience with us. We see them back regularly for what we call post-facelift maintenance. Just like a car needs oil regularly, facelift patients may need energy treatments to maintain and prolong their results. We recommend energy devices for skin tightening. The combination of different energy devices helps with the production of collagen which helps the skin look healthy and plump.

Dr. Philip Solomon is one of the country’s leading experts in facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Solomon has dedicated his 20 year career helping his patients achieve their aesthetic goals with great care and attention to detail. Artistry combined with precision and skill is what makes Dr Solomon regarded among his peers as a leader in the field of facial plastic surgery.