Facelift in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario
Facelift surgery, while it will create smoother, more pleasing contours to your face and neck, is intended to give an overall "refreshed" appearance rather than address specific conditions such as sagging eyebrows, fatty deposits in the eyelids, or wrinkles around the mouth. Conditions such as these can be dealt with individually using other surgical means such a brow lift, eye lift, and skin resurfacing.
Dr. Callaghan will assess the thickness, texture, and elasticity of your skin, and the severity of wrinkles and folds. Your hairline will be examined to determine where incisions can be hidden. The structure of your face will be considered in order to tailor the facelift procedure to you individually.
An incision is hidden in the contour of your ear, extending around the earlobe and back into the crease behind the ear. Following facelift surgery, incisions can be easily concealed by your hair or with makeup. There may also be a small incision hidden underneath your chin. If your hair is short you may want to let it grow enough to cover your incisions behind your ears while they heal.
After the skin has been pulled up and repositioned, the excess is removed. In most instances, the deeper tissues will also be repositioned. A small incision beneath the chin may be used to aid the removal of fatty tissue in that area and smoothing of the cord-like structures of the underlying muscle in the neck.
Potential complications such as hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin), infection, and delayed incision healing are possible, though infrequent. Facelift incisions are most often inconspicuous, though this cannot be entirely predicted due to individual patterns in healing. Patches of numbness in front of the ear are normal after this surgery, and disappear over a few weeks of recovery.
Most people return to normal activities within two weeks. Dr. Callaghan will instruct you to temporarily avoid exposure to direct sunlight and avoid strenuous activities. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks for an accurate picture of the way you will look. Our patients are usually happy with their appearance for many years following a facelift procedure, though some patients may find they want to make additional improvements later on.
Unlike a standard facelift, which primarily addresses sagging in the lower face and neck, the mid-face lift is beneficial for those who have early signs of facial aging: naso-labial folds, plus sagging of the brow and cheek fat pads. Younger people who display these signs of aging now have the option of achieving subtle facial rejuvenation with well-concealed scars.
There are many ways to perform a mid-face lift. Dr. Callaghan will discuss which approach is right for you. One approach is similar to a lower eyelid lift. Small incisions are made in the lower eyelid and the underlying tissue of the mid-face is gently raised, about 90 percent vertically and 10 percent back. Any resulting excess skin is removed. Another method of performing a mid-face lift involves making a small incision in the temple area of the scalp.
These small incisions are typical of those used for a brow lift. Indeed, a mid-face lift performed in this manner can be done in conjunction with a brow lift. The mid-face is re-positioned by lifting the sagging cheek fat pad, together with underlying muscles. This results particularly in correction of sagging around the mouth as well as correction of the naso-labial folds. Like a standard facelift, you should expect to wait at least several weeks until the swelling has subsided for an accurate picture of how you will look.
Contact us today to find out more about why a mid-face lift is right for you. We proudly serve patients in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, and the surrounding areas.