Facelift by Dr. Cory Torgerson

Do You Look Your Age? When Is It Time to Consider a Facelift?

Facial aging changes all of us. You may have relied on dermal fillers and injectable wrinkle treatments throughout your middle years, but at some point, considering a facelift could be the next logical step.

Do you feel that you look older than you are? Having someone guess your age even one year too high can feel devastating for self-esteem. Face My Age apps that deliver arbitrary, critical numbers can negatively affect people’s confidence. Understandably, discouragement with fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging sends people running to plastic surgeons, seeking the best procedures to look younger.

If you’re considering taking control over your appearance, your first move might be to conduct a Google search for facelift before and after photos. 50-year-old examples are common, as are Bee Cameron types who’ve become known for trying to look many decades younger, and they may not appeal to you.

The truth is, at our state-of-the-art facial cosmetic surgery clinic in Toronto, facelift patients generally want to appear rested, healthy, and like a slightly younger version of themselves. They want to age gracefully—not appear 20 again. The question of whether this surgery is right for you starts here. What are your expectations? Knowing what you want and don’t want will help set you on the right path in selecting the best facelift surgeon.

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How do you know it’s the right time?

If you’re a man or woman bothered by sagging jowls, loose neck bands, or deep facial folds, surgery could be entirely appropriate. That’s because non-surgical interventions like lasers and peels help tone and improve the skin immensely, but they can’t remove excess sagging skin. When the time is right, surgically excising loose, crepey skin and repositioning the underlying tissue remains the gold standard for reversing signs of aging. A well-executed face lift can remove 10 years off a person’s apparent age.

Are you too young for a facelift?

It’s not easy to set a specific age as the right one for facial cosmetic surgery. There isn’t one set way of performing facial lifting either. In fact, mini, mid-face, or deep plane facelifts all deliver specific benefits and could be considered at various ages.

People age at different rates. This has to do with their genetic makeup, lifestyle, and environment. The health and natural tone of your skin as well as environmental exposure like sun damage can lead a person in their 40s to appear 60 or the reverse. Priority considerations for you and your surgeon should be the other overall lifestyle, health, and aesthetic factors for your situation. Here’s what an expert surgeon will look for when assessing your suitability:

  • Has facial sagging and loss of collagen and fat caused you to age rapidly?
  • Could early intervention help prevent further dramatic aging?
  • Will facial improvements now help you enjoy your life and career more for the next decade or so?
  • Are you in good overall health?
  • Do you have realistic expectations and understand the limitations involved?

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Sometimes intervening earlier to deliver subtle improvements is preferable for two reasons:

  1. You’ll be able to keep your procedure private. The difference isn’t so dramatic that people immediately notice change or guess that a surgery took place. Instead, you’ll appear rested, youthful, and subtly refreshed.
  2. The results will last and help prevent rapid aging in the areas that have been treated. The patient will still age, of course, but more gracefully than they might have, saving the need for a dramatic intervention later.
Are you too old for a facial surgery?
Health considerations for elective surgery shouldn’t be taken lightly. The concern with age isn’t a number. It’s more about the increased probability of medical conditions that affect risks as well as delayed healing and skin changes. Elderly patients have cosmetic surgery, yet healing times tend to be longer. If you’re in your 60s, 70s, or older, there is statistically a higher chance that a health issue could interfere with safe, predictable healing. That doesn’t automatically preclude you from a successful procedure though.

Many people finally decide to make the changes they’ve always wanted later in life, and there are often one or more good ways to reach your goals. You can find a Royal College-certified facial plastic surgeon with a stellar reputation for facelift results and make an appointment to meet them in person.

With advanced age, there are additional assessment components necessary to complete your consultation, but the process can be rewarding. Meeting a qualified expert in person enables you to have the one-on-one, personalized attention that you need to make an informed decision.

Dr. Cory Torgerson, Toronto facial plastic surgeon, believes that consultations should allow people to gather information without pressure or personal expense. He feels that having a custom-tailored treatment plan is essential for each patient. Considering multiple or combined surgical and non-surgical facelift procedures allows the greatest flexibility and patient satisfaction. He’ll be pleased to meet with you and answer all of your questions so you can make a choice that feels right.

When you decide to schedule facial rejuvenation surgery, then what?
It’s not unusual to take 2 weeks off after a facelift. Before and after pictures show people looking flawlessly fresh once they’ve recovered, but it’s not always clear how much time has passed between pictures. For the first 14 days, swelling and bruising in the face are expected and are significant enough that most people choose to stay home and heal in privacy.

Depending on the physical demands of your job, you could take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks off. Many people find it possible to work from home or to return to work early if they don’t have many physical demands on their workplace.

Does this surgery stop aging?
Unfortunately, such a permanent fountain of youth does not yet exist (we’ll let you know when we find it). The idea of “lasting” regarding a facial surgery could be misinterpreted as maintaining post-op results. Your facial tissues are always changing. Cells are living and dynamic, and we change over time no matter what interventions we have. What you can hope for and expect is that an expertly done procedure will allow you to appear younger than you would have for a long time, even indefinitely.

You’ll still age, but at 60, you may appear 45 or 50. Some patients will have an operation and never seek another because they’re still satisfied with their natural appearance decades later. The “trick” is to work with a facial expert who performs anti-aging techniques that last. There are always new “one-stitch facelift” or feather-lifting procedures popping up and gaining traction for a short while, but in their bid to provide the fastest, least invasive approach, they also fail to deliver results 10, 5, or even 1 year later.

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Depending on your needs and your long-term aesthetic goals, Dr. Torgerson will develop a customized plan for you that addresses the immediate improvements and the future benefits you’ll want. He’s highly respected for his expertise in both surgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. Contact the knowledgeable, friendly team at the Torgerson Clinic and find out what beautiful possibilities await you.

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