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You’ve considered it. The idea of a facelift may have seemed farfetched years ago, but now that sagging and wrinkles have seemingly appeared overnight, you’re taking a closer look at the youth-boosting interventions available to you. If you’re like most Toronto facelift clients, you’ll have plenty of questions about how this procedure may or may not suit you. For instance, what is the average cost of a facelift? Who is the best facelift surgeon in Toronto? Do I even need a facelift? You’ve likely heard about the incredible results that people get from injectables and wonder if you too can have a face lift without surgery.

We’re going to break down some of the need-to-know details about this in-demand facial rejuvenation procedure and outline the benefits of facial injectables too. At the Clinic in Yorkville, Dr. Torgerson’s facelift specialization is coupled with his adept skills using non-surgical modalities to restore and revitalize faces. The best approach uses just the right intervention at the right time. Each client is unique, and the treatment plan that suits them best will be a custom-tailored approach. For you, it may be a surgical lift, facial injectables, or both!

Facelift Definition

This is a permanent, surgical cosmetic procedure designed to smooth away at least 10 to 15 years in most cases. There are mini facelifts and variations of brow and neck lift, but the full version delivers the most dramatic outcomes.

Liquid Facelift Definition

A non-surgical facelift in Toronto typically combines various hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers along with a neuromodulator like Botox to simultaneously smooth dynamic muscles and fill in depleted facial volume. Thick, cohesive gel fillers can be injected at foundational levels under your cheeks, temples, and jawline. They “lift” in the sense that better structure and proportion are achieved while hollowed or sagging areas gain plump youthfulness. Where deep frown lines and furrows form on the brow, injectable treatments to soften them have a lifting effect on the surrounding area. The combination of treatment areas across the face and neck together are referred to as a “liquid lift”. The results typically last 9 to 12 months.

Dermal Filler Options

There are many Health Canada-approved injectable fillers on the market, and your experience will be personalized with a hand-picked selection of products that work in harmony. Some of the top filler brands we offer are Juvéderm, Teosyal, Restylane, Redensity II, Volbella, and Volume Lift.

Filler is injected with tiny needles under the dermis at varying depths. Its molecules are bound together to hold the gel shape for a time before it gradually dissolves to be harmlessly absorbed. The syringes come pre-filled and sealed, and they contain a potent freezing agent that makes the process quite comfortable in most cases.

One of the best things about an injectable facelift is that the results are nearly instant. Neurotoxins take roughly 4 to 5 days to relax the target muscles fully. Fillers are apparent and transformative immediately. Mild swelling and sensitivity may last a few days, and we recommend steering clear of any known blood thinners like Advil or aspirin a few days before. Your doctor will talk with you about preparation and what to expect during your brief recovery.

Pros and Cons

Though facial injectables must be repeated because their effects are not permanent, they bring excellent perks. The consistent use of HA fillers over time has shown a natural stimulation of collagen production as a result. That means that even after the product wears off, you may keep a little residual volume naturally. The more you use HA over time, the more the foundational improvements may last long term. Everyone metabolizes the product differently, however, so it remains to be seen how you will reabsorb the product over time. Another perk is that in the rare case that a person wants to reverse their facial filler, they can. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that can be injected to break down the cohesive bonds and liquify the gel quickly. Effects are apparent within 12 to 24 hours.

A drawback of nonsurgical facelifts is that they’re not permanent. It’s also not possible to achieve the same dramatic reversal of years this way. Fillers can’t reduce excess sagging skin, and there is a limit to how much smoothing of wrinkles can be achieved. For people with moderate to severe facial aging or areas of skin laxity and crepeyness, a surgical solution that removes that excess skin will be the only way to lift the tissue. In fact, receiving high amounts of facial fillers past the point where you’d benefit from a face lift can make you appear puffy and fake, not youthful and beautiful as you desire. The key to looking your absolute best and achieving natural results is to find an expert facial plastic surgeon who will help you understand which stage of intervention you’re at and how each treatment can benefit you the most.

Our doctors are known for their natural-looking, expert techniques. A free consultation allows you to view liquid face lift before and after photos, then decide how you’d like to customize your treatment.

How is a Facelift Done?

A facelift is designed to trim and tighten the facial skin along with underlying tissue. It is invasive and does come with standard 2-week recovery time plus the inherent risks related to surgery. The results are very long-lasting and can take significant years off your appearance. If you’re finding that you always look tired or that your facial lines have deepened to the point that you appear angry, unwell, or older than you are, it may be time for a facelift.

Depending on your age, a mini lift or mid face lift may also be a good approach. They use less extensive incisions and make more subtle improvements to the midface and jaw area, yet the effects can be just right for someone middle-aged who wants to ensure gradual, graceful aging and refresh their look.

Facelift surgery before and after photos will show you dramatic full-face transformations. Those are often due to a deep-plane SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) lift. They may also be the result of an added blepharoplasty or brow lift. When a deep plane lift is done, the layers of muscle, fascia, and fat underneath the skin are repositioned to give better structural support. The excess skin is trimmed away, gently redraped, and then secured. Incisions are placed around the ears and into the hairline, where they’re eventually well hidden in most cases. The benefits of a SMAS or sub-SMAS lift are that the skin is not pulled taut and there is no synthetic, “tight” appearance to the results. Yet because the underlying tissue has been lifted, the results are naturally youthful and last for decades. This is now the gold-standard approach for a full facelift in Toronto.

Is it a surgical lift that you need? If deep lines and wrinkles mean you look older than you are or wish to, surgery could be the right choice. If you’ve had facial injectable or laser treatments that reached the limit of their efficacy for you, it may be time to take the next step. If you’re in your 30s, 40s, or 50s and you don’t have severe wrinkles or sagging, but you do see deepening lines around the mouth or the formation of jowls, the mini lift could be just the subtle approach that you’re looking for. Because it’s a minor lift, you can heal quickly and enjoy discretion because people won’t automatically know what you’ve done. They’ll just know that you look revitalized.

A surgical facelift costs significantly more than a non-invasive “face lift”, yet you can enjoy decades of feeling attractive and confident without the constant maintenance, interventions, cosmetics, treatments, and fuss of less invasive solutions. Though you will continue to age eventually, a well-executed face lift will ensure that you always look better than you would have without it, even many years down the road.

Conclusion

In summary, facial fillers and injections for wrinkles can help keep aging at bay and prevent some of the deeper lines from forming. They’re a practical first step when you begin to notice a loss of collagen and fat stores or the development of forehead furrows.

It’s valuable to find a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon in Toronto whom you can trust to follow your progress and adjust your treatment plan with your best interests at heart. The expertise of a facial cosmetic surgeon allows them to see when it’s time to change approaches and target issues more effectively. They can explain the considerations for every option and let you know realistically what to expect.

When choosing between facelift and injectables, trust the experts to guide you and keep you looking your best. We welcome you to call and schedule your free consultation with Dr. Cory Torgerson. With decades of experience specializing just in the face and neck, he has renowned expertise and innovative approaches to ensuring that his clients receive harmonious, natural, and beautiful results.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson (MD, PhD, FRCSC)
Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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