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Do you know anyone who has a sincere desire to look as though they’ve had facial surgery? This perspective exists, and such people often gain a little notoriety on social media. However, the vast majority of regular men and women who want to combat aging and look younger do NOT want to appear fake. The best facelifts look completely natural.

Early face lift methods were simplistic. As a result, there was a time when undergoing face-tightening procedures meant a high probability that your friends and family would figure it out. Even wealthy Hollywood celebrities with access to the best in the business sometimes gained an undesirable “pulled” appearance after their cosmetic procedures. Are things different today? You bet. So much has changed in aesthetic medicine that the hallmark of an expertly done Toronto facelift today is you can’t tell what was done.

Facelift results: What do you want to get out of yours?

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, most of our patients want results that will enhance their natural appearance without being obvious. Whatever procedure you’re considering, the ideal outcome will improve an area of concern without announcing that you’ve had work done. That means results that harmonize with your natural features and facial expression while hiding scars as much as possible.

If you want to appear 5 to 10 years younger, smooth away deep wrinkles, eliminate excess skin sagging, and gain a refreshed, awake appearance, a face lift could be right for you. Did you know that there are multiple methods available? Mini, mid-face, and deep plane facelifts are just a few of the options designed to personalize the effects and benefits for various people. Your target area of focus may be the lower face only, the brow, or the whole face. Your age, budget, and personal aesthetic goals will help you and your facial surgeon choose the right approach for the best facelift results.

Gone are the days when each person received the same skin-pulling treatment and much the same facelift results. Your surgery is custom-tailored for you when you seek the best practitioners in this specialized field. Just ahead we’ll tell you how to ensure that you make the right choice for your face-lift.

Why does facial aging happen to all of us?

As we age, it’s a universal reality that our skin loses some elasticity and natural collagen. This becomes visible in the form of fine lines and then wrinkled, sagging skin. However, time doesn’t take its toll equally for all. For a progressively younger group of people, earlier intervention with subtle, modern surgical innovations can stave off the rapid progression of facial aging.

When you first consider this rejuvenating procedure, you’ll likely have plenty of questions, and the idea of cosmetic surgery might be intimidating. A common concern we hear from clients is, “Am I too young for a facelift?” We believe it’s incredibly helpful to offer no-obligation, free consultations that allow prospective patients to explore all the available treatment options and inform their choice without any pressure. Most people are surprised to learn just how customized their facial rejuvenation could be and how experienced facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Cory Torgerson deliver extremely natural results. Once you’ve determined what options you have and you’ve decided which areas of the face you wish to target, you may be pleasantly surprised by how much easier your decision becomes.

Many people today are learning that earlier intervention with facial rejuvenation procedures helps slow the hands of time and assists with more graceful aging. You can also be confident that your private consultation with Dr. Torgerson will provide all the details you need to plan for a smooth and positive surgical experience along with what to expect during your recovery period.

What are the most significant benefits of a face-lift?

This elective, cosmetic procedure is designed to correct the visible loss of elasticity that comes with age and restore youthful vitality to your appearance. Something that many people aren’t aware of is that facial aging occurs deep underneath the skin too, not just on the surface.

The underlying muscle layer, ligaments, and supportive tissue such as fat pads all shift, stretch, or atrophy over the years. For some people, even the apparent shrinking of bone tissue plays a part in the drooping of facial skin. The ideal and natural-looking solution, therefore, is not to just pull the skin tight, but to address the layers of facial tissue and rebuild a long-lasting, supportive foundation.

For a comprehensive change, the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) technique, also referred to as a deep plane facelift, is designed to revitalize the supportive structure of the face, then simply redrape the skin in a relaxed and youthful way. There is no tension or unnatural tightness in the surface layer that would lead to distorted features such as pixie ears or unnatural hairlines. In men, the repositioning of beard hair and awkward tension at the neck sometimes results from drastic skin changes or excess surface tension. These common tell-tale signs of surgery can be avoided by using meticulous, in-depth surgical techniques.

It may seem counter-intuitive that more extensive, invasive, and complex facelift methods result in less “plastic” outcomes, but that’s precisely the case. Choosing a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon who specializes primarily in this area will help ensure that you have access to the latest facelift techniques available.

Another significant perk of more extensive facial lifting work is that multiple corrections can be performed within the same surgery. Well-rounded facial surgeons also excel in non-surgical modalities, fat grafting, and injections. While fat pads can be removed or repositioned, treatments like temple tightening, browlifts, eyelid surgery, or even neck lifts can be completed in combination with facial skin tightening. This inclusive approach provides balanced but dramatic results. You may be curious about what recovery from all these interventions involves. Read on to learn what you can expect.

What can today’s patients expect during facelift surgery recovery?

As with any surgical procedure, this one requires some downtime and the realistic expectation of temporary bruising and swelling. We recommend that you clear your schedule for 2 weeks to recover comfortably and allow the signs of your procedure to fade. By 14 days post-op, most patients can return to work and social activities, and after 4 weeks (with your surgeon’s approval), you can plan to resume your regular exercise routine.

The sacrifice of time and activities during your recovery period are more than compensated by the youthful results that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Our patients typically plan to work from home or enjoy a short staycation before getting ready to reveal their vibrant new appearance.

How long do facelift results last?

On the one hand, the youthful appearance that you regain through cosmetic surgery lasts indefinitely, since you will always have tighter skin and fewer wrinkles than if you’d never had the facelift. Ideally, a facial anti-aging surgery will allow you to age gracefully. However, it’s essential to care for your skin vigilantly and ensure optimal health inside and out.

Depending on your genetics and some lifestyle factors as well as the depth of procedure that you select, you can enjoy stunning facelift results for 10 years or longer. Some of the factors that can affect skin’s elasticity, health, and resilience are:

  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
  • Protecting skin from sun damage
  • Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious, balanced diet and regular exercise
  • Maintaining a personalized skincare routine

Your surgeon’s technique will also impact the length of time that your results last. This is one reason why your choice of surgeon can be the most critical aspect of your facelift surgery. Do you know what to look for when it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon?

Here’s why surgeon selection could affect the longevity of your facelift results

When you’re searching for a doctor, look for a facial plastic surgeon, an expert in head and neck surgery, rather than a general plastic surgeon who would have more expertise in body procedures.

Consider the quality of their facilities and their portfolio. Be sure to ask for face-lift before and after photos from their former patients so you can be confident in their ability to provide consistent facelift results that look completely natural.

During your consultation, you can ask what approach makes the most sense for your goals and request a quote for your face lift cost based on the personalized treatment plan that you discuss. A highly knowledgeable facial cosmetic surgery expert will have multiple approaches honed to deliver the best outcome for unique situations, not a one-procedure approach for all.

What is the best way to get long-lasting natural facelift results?

While some surgeons may promise good facelift results with less invasive procedures, the ideal method for dramatic and long-lasting benefits is usually a deep plane face-lift. Dr. Cory Torgerson creates gorgeous, natural facelift results for men and women of all ages and backgrounds, and he’s adept at using the specialized SMAS technique.

A SMAS facelift involves repositioning soft tissues in a layered approach and truly lifts the entire face so that the repositioned skin lands where it looks most natural. Dr. Torgerson will be happy to assess your suitability for the deep plane or alternative facelift techniques to help you face the world confidently. We’re pleased to offer complimentary consultations. We’d love to meet you and walk along with you as you consider the empowering options for youthful rejuvenation. Contact the Torgerson Clinic today.

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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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