When I meet with patients considering a facelift at my Toronto practice, they often aren’t sure if they are ready. With the rise of injectable fillers and other nonsurgical options, people tend to put off a full surgical facelift for as long as possible. Many people believe they must reach a certain age to be considered ready for the procedure.
The reality is, age isn’t the ultimate factor when it comes to determining if you’re ready for a facelift. The more relevant considerations are the issues each patient is dealing with and whether a facelift is the most effective, long-lasting way to treat them.
What Nonsurgical Treatments Can Do
If you’re struggling with minor lines and wrinkles, or minimal lost volume in the cheeks, temples, or under-eye area, nonsurgical treatments may be sufficient. BOTOX Cosmetic® can relax specific muscles in the face that cause lines after repeated contraction, helping with crow’s feet or glabellar lines between the eyebrows. Fillers plump up lines and restore lost volume. Used in the right areas, these products can provide support that lifts hollow cheeks or adds fullness to the temples for a more youthful look. While injectables are an appropriate option for some concerns, certain issues may develop that can’t be adequately treated by these methods. That’s where a facelift comes in.
What a Facelift Can Do
At a certain point in the aging process, which is different for everyone, skin laxity increases and leads to issues that only a surgical facelift can properly treat. The most common concerns include a sagging neck or neck banding, the presence of jowls, loss of definition in the jawline, and deep folds or creases around the mouth. At this point, a surgical facelift is the best option.
A facelift can address both the skin and the underlying layer of muscles and fat called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system). It adjusts these without the need to excessively tighten skin, creating a natural-looking result that can turn back the clock by several years. Thanks to well-concealed incisions, it allows you to look younger without obvious signs of surgery. You’ll simply look more rested and refreshed.
At my Toronto practice, we perform several variations of the traditional facelift to best serve each patient’s needs.
- Full facelift: This rejuvenates the lower 2/3 of the face and creates the most significant transformation. During this procedure, I lift the upper layer of skin and the deeper SMAS layer as well.
- Mini facelift: Sometimes called a limited incision facelift, this option corrects early signs of aging in the lower face. The correction is not as comprehensive as a full facelift, but it is typically less invasive—with shorter recovery time.
- Endoscopic midface lift: This focuses on the region of the face from below the eyes down to the cheeks. It is often performed while the patient is under local anesthesia with sedation, and is the least invasive of the 3 approaches.
Ultimately, the best way to know if you’re ready for a facelift is to come in for a personal consultation. This way, I can examine your face and give my recommendation for the most appropriate treatment for you.
To get an idea of the transformation a facelift can create, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.