Facelift &Neck lift toronto
What’s in a face? A face does not define who you are. It displays your thoughts and your emotions, it tells the story of your life, it is the most physical connection you have to your past and to your future. Your face does not define who you are, but it defines the way that the world sees who you are.
Dr. Alexander’s entire career has been dedicated to the treatment of the face and neck, both for enhancing aesthetics and for reconstructing facial deformities caused by cancer. When it comes to improving your appearance, Dr. Alexander understands what’s in a face.
Facelift & Neck Lift
As we get older, our face and neck undergo characteristic changes: skin develops wrinkles and loses elasticity, muscle and fat sags, bony framework recedes and overall facial volume deflates. The end result is looking older, more tired and not at all like the fresh, vibrant person you know you are on the inside.
Dr. Alexander’s approach is rigorously scientific and anatomical. By identifying which components of the face/neck have been affected by the aging process, and to what degree, he can formulate a tailored plan to restore your youthfulness.
For relatively early signs of aging, Dr. Alexander will utilize a combination of non-surgical techniques (BOTOX Cosmetic®, injectable fillers and skin treatments) to counteract the aging face. With careful planning and expert execution, based on his detailed understanding of facelift anatomy, Dr. Alexander is able to place fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic® in precisely the right locations to add volume and produce jawline definition. Coupled with the appropriate skin treatments, he can create a rejuvenated, younger look—everyone will notice, but no one will know.
For more advanced aging, Dr. Alexander has a three-pronged approach, dubbed the “Trinity Facelift”: i) Resurface damaged skin; ii) Re-suspend the deeper soft tissues that have descended due to gravity; and iii) Reflate facial volume loss using the patient’s own stem cell containing fat cells (Fat Grafting).
With his immense expertise in the anatomy of the face and neck, Dr. Alexander is comfortable performing the extensive “deep-plane” facelift with safety and precision to provide a more robust, longer-lasting lift.
When Should You Consider a Facelift and Necklift?
The face is an important part of a person’s identity. For many people, a worn out, droopy, aging facial appearance can take a toll on confidence and self-esteem. Sagging skin on the neck adds years to overall appearance and acts as a dead giveaway of the effects of aging.
Along with the hands, the face and neck are more visible and have more exposure to environmental factors and UV rays than any other areas of the body. The goal of facelift and necklift surgery is to restore a smoother, more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance to the face and neck.
Signs that You May Be a Good Candidate for a Facelift
The best way to determine if you are good candidate for a facelift in Toronto is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ashlin Alexander. Whether this procedure is appropriate for you will depend on several factors, including:
- Skin elasticity: The ideal candidate for facelift surgery should have skin that retains a significant amount of elasticity. The procedure involves lifting and stretching to tighten the skin and smooth out lines, wrinkles, and folds.
- Loose, excess skin: If you have excess, sagging skin on the face and neck, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. Extra skin is trimmed in the procedure to tighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Facial bone structure: Well-defined facial bone structure helps support cosmetic alterations for optimal results with facelift surgery. If facial volume is lacking, Dr. Alexander can augment your face with fat grafting using your own natural fat, which contains stem cells.
- General health: You should be in good overall health when undergoing a facelift for a faster, easier recovery.
How You Can Tell if You Need a Necklift
The neck is often one of the first areas of the body to show the signs of aging. You may be a good candidate for a necklift if you have:
- Lax, loose skin on the neck
- “Turkey neck” vertical banding
- Loss of a sharp neck angle
- Lack of definition in the jawline
- Double or triple chin
- Shorter, older appearance of the neck
What Is Recovery Like after a Facelift and Necklift?
You should expect to take some time off work after facelift and necklift surgery. Depending on your individually-tailored treatment plan, recovery may last 1 to 2 weeks. Dr. Alexander will prescribe medications to control any pain and discomfort you experience after the procedure.
Arrange to have someone drive you home and stay with you during the first 24 hours after surgery. Get plenty of bed rest and wear loose, comfortable tops or shirts that button up the front to avoid pulling clothing over the head. Dr. Alexander will advise you of how long after treatment you should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity.
Neck lift only
For some, aging comes early to the neck and under-the-chin region. For these individuals who develop a so-called “waddle” (especially common in older men), but don’t require a full facelift, Dr. Alexander prefers a combination of liposuction and direct surgical excision or a limited neck lift approach to rejuvenate the aging neck. Many of these patients will also benefit from a chin augmentation procedure to give further definition to the neck profile.
Similar to liposuction performed in other parts of the body, facial liposuction can be employed using small precision cannulas to artfully contour the jaw and neckline. If needed, these same cells can then be transplanted to parts of the face that require volume enhancement.