As we age, our facial bone density and fat pads decrease. Collagen and skin elasticity also decline with age, which leaves many men and women with unwanted changes like deep wrinkles, skin folds and sagging skin on both the face and neck.
Facelifts and neck lifts are the most effective options to address moderate-to-significant facial aging and to address the appearance of jowls and loss of neck and jaw definition. The aesthetic specialists at ICLS approach these procedures from a comprehensive perspective; by targeting the deeper structures of the face and neck, aging can effectively be addressed at all levels. This ensures natural-looking results that will give you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
Ideal Candidates for a facelift and neck lift
These versatile procedures can be customized to a variety of cosmetic concerns, and they are sought by patients from a wide age range. While most patients are typically in their 40s or 50s, there is no ideal age for a facelift or neck lift, since the factors that contribute to aging will vary from patient to patient.
Men and women seeking facial and neck rejuvenation usually want to address the following cosmetic concerns:
- Skin laxity and loss of muscle tone
- Loss of facial volume
- Deep skin folds and jowls
- Sagging, excess skin on the face and neck
- Decreased facial definition
- A tired or drawn appearance
Ideal candidates are those who want to treat the above concerns, and who are in good general health and do not smoke. Patients who have mild signs of aging and don’t feel ready to undergo surgery may be excellent candidates for non-surgical procedures such as Ultherapy, Thermage or FaceTite.
YOUR PERSONAL CONSULTATION AT ICLS
If you think a facelift or neck lift might be right for you, the next step is a consultation at ICLS. During your consultation you will be able to personally meet with a plastic surgeon who will evaluate your candidacy for these procedures. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedures in a relaxed, comforting setting. Dr. Khanna and the ICLS team understand the vulnerability patients have when considering cosmetic surgery, which is why they provide personalized, attentive care at every step of your cosmetic journey.
Your consultation will also include a detailed examination of your face and neck to determine the amount of correction needed. Afterward, a custom treatment plan will be created based on your personal anatomy. If you’re interested in procedures that may complement the effects of a facelift or neck lift, you will be guided through your full range of options. For added rejuvenation, some patients choose to pair their procedure with injectables like BOTOX® or dermal fillers. These non-invasive treatments can smooth away wrinkles, augment facial features and restore volume to areas of the face that have lost fullness.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR FACELIFT AND NECK LIFT PROCEDURES
While a facelift can produce exceptional results on its own, it is often performed with neck lift surgery to fully rejuvenate the appearance of both the face and neck. These procedures typically take only a few hours to perform.
Dr. Julie Khanna begins the facelift procedure with a series of strategically placed incisions on the face. To minimize any visible scarring, incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temple and follow the natural line in front of the ear, and then curve behind the earlobe into the crease behind the hair and further into the scalp.
Through these incisions, Dr. Khanna can address the underlying structural aging that results in visible aging on the skin’s surface. This technique also ensures long-lasting, natural-looking results rather than the “pulled back” look that some patients may be worried about. After gently lifting the deeper structures, Dr. Khanna will eliminate excess skin and re-drape the remaining tissue into a more youthful position.
Loose skin and muscle in the neck can also be addressed and would be performed at the same time as the facelift surgery. Necklift incisions usually begin in the hairline in the sideburn area, and then continue along the edge of the face and ear, ending in the hairline behind the ear.
From there, the deeper structures of the neck are lifted, excess skin is trimmed and the remaining tissue is repositioned. Excess fat in this area may also be removed to produce a slim neck silhouette. If liposuction of fat is needed, then an additional incision will be made under the chin.
Contact ICLS to schedule your personal consultation for a facelift or neck lift in Oakville, Ontario.
FAQS ABOUT FACELIFT
WHERE WILL MY PROCEDURE BE PERFORMED?
Your procedure will be performed at ICLS’ on-site, fully accredited surgical facility.
WHAT KIND OF ANESTHESIA WILL BE USED?
For ultimate safety and comfort, these procedures are performed using general anesthesia.
WILL MY HAIRLINE HAVE TO BE MOVED BACK WITH A FACELIFT?
No. It is a common misconception that the hairline will have to be moved farther back, but this is not the case with facelift surgery, as incisions are made deeper behind the natural hairline.
CAN A FACELIFT ADDRESS A DROOPING BROW OR SAGGING EYELIDS
No, a facelift addresses aging starting from the midface down. However, for a fully rejuvenated appearance, many patients choose to also undergo a browlift or eyelid lift. A browlift can eliminate stubborn forehead lines and lift the brows to a more youthful position. An eyelid lift (also called “blepharoplasty”) can trim excess eyelid skin and remove under-eye bags.
WILL I HAVE VISIBLE SCARRING AFTER THESE PROCEDURES
In most cases, Dr. Julie Khanna is careful to make incisions in areas that are naturally concealed. She also closes the incisions as meticulously as possible. Most patients find that their scars are imperceptible once healed.
These procedures typically do not require a lengthy recovery, but you will still need to take time off from work and other obligations to heal. It’s common for patients to experience soreness, swelling, and bruising after their procedure, but the majority of these symptoms will subside within a week or two. To alleviate these symptoms, patients should keep their head elevated as much as possible for the first few days. By 3 weeks, most patients can return to work and social activities. Strenuous exercise can be resumed after about 4-6 weeks.