Questions & Answers
Many of our patients are very comfortable with fillers, botox and peels to maintain their appearance, but the mood changes when facelift surgery enters the discussion. Properly planned and executed, this procedure is without peer for face and neck rejuvenation, but the ‘facelift’ carries a stigma that is unique.Perhaps a facelift is an acknowledgement of aging, perhaps it seems too ‘desperate’, or perhaps the imagined cost is prohibitive? As a consequence, some pursue alternative treatments which deliver diminishing returns over time, and once they finally decide to have a facelift, their facial ageing is quite advanced and so the results are overly conspicuous.The very people who were trying to avoid…
“How quickly will I recover??? is an important question to ask at your consultation. Of course, the answer will depend on the type of procedure, but the answer also depends on what you consider ‘recovered’. Do you consider yourself recovered when you can… go for a walk/go to work/go to the gym/ see my final results/have more surgery? Some surgeons advertise ’24 hour recovery’, but this is misleading unless you specify what you mean by recovery. In the first three days after surgery, you may require pain medication and will need to be careful to maintain a wound dressing to avoid contamination of your wound. Until 10 days after surgery,…
Looking your best helps you to feel your best. It also helps you to make the most of your opportunities both socially and at work. Diet, exercise, and ‘choosing the right parents’ are important contributors to achieving good health and appearance, and many people also include cosmetic surgery in their formula for success. The increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery has provoked some criticism, and it’s worth reflecting on whether this is justified. Are efforts to improve one’s appearance a sign of insecurity or shallow character? When you dress in the morning or put on deodorant, you are doing so in part to be appealing (or at least inoffensive!) to others.…
We have always referred to people who seek our services as ‘patients’, but a recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has reminded us that not everyone accepts this as preferable to ‘clients’. The term client reflects the power and autonomy of a healthy person who pays for a service, and if it is your preference, we invite you to be our client! From our perspective though, you will always be a patient, as our advice and treatment must always reflect the responsibilities we accept by being your doctor. We need to be confident that you have a problem that is significant enough to warrant the expense, discomfort, inconvenience,…
This is the surgery that can reverse some of the cosmetic changes that arise following pregnancy. Fundamentally there is surgery on both the breasts and the abdomen. The breast surgery addresses the loss of skin tone and volume from pregnancy/lactation. This typically involves a lift as well as possibly augmentation with an implant. The abdominal surgery is typically a tummy tuck including fascial repair and/or liposuction. This surgery is not covered by insurance, although I suspect it might be if it were men who carried and nursed babies!
Breast augmentation causes some loss of sensation due to injury of the tiny nerves that serve the skin. If incision is in armpit, the inner arm often loses some sensation. An incision under the breast will cause loss of sensation of a 1 cm strip of skin above the incision. Neither of these incisions is prone to loss of sensation in the areola, and more commonly patients describe increased sensitivity. This hypersensitivity is temporary, and occurs because the nerves in the breast are stretched by the surgery and implant, and the stretched nerve is more irritable until it grows in length (nerves can grow!) and is again at normal tension.…
Can a facelift tighten sagging jowls?
Yes, correction of sagging jowls is the most obvious improvement seen with facelift surgery.
Do you need fillers after a facelift?
Fillers are not necessary after a facelift, but can be used in the many areas that are not corrected by facelift surgery. They are generally more effective after a facelift because the skin tone has been improved by the surgery. This means the filler can be used specifically to correct volume defecits rather than lift sagging tissues.
What is the best age for a facelift?
The optimal age range is around 45-55, as you want to perserve what you have already without having an immediate and drastic change that everyone will notice.
When will the swelling after a facelift go down?
Swelling can be seen for about 10 days after a facelift. It remains for weeks after surgery but this may actually be agreeable in its effect as it fills out the face hiding loose skin or volume defecits.
Can a facelift help with acne scars?
Acne scars can appear deeper when facial skin ages, and a facelift can restore normal tone that better hides contour irregularities from acne.
What is a partial facelift?
"Facelift" is a generic word that generally implies an operation in which extra skin is removed and the remaining skin is lifted. Every surgeon does the operation a bit differently, and the operation should be tailored to the needs of the patient. Words like 'partial', 'mini', or 'lunch-time' are often a clue that the operation is shortened and focused on quick-recovery rather than profound and durable results. It's less invasive but wouldn't necessarily cover the extent a full face lift would.