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Our faces continue to change over time and this is influenced by the effects of gravity, the sun, our lifestyle and our genetics. The tendency with the face over time is for drooping and sagging of our skin and fat. Reasons for considering a Facelift can be very personal, and whatever the motivation may be, the goals are to rejuvenate, refresh, and re-energize your look and feel. This can help to boost your personal and professional life, as well as overall sense of well being.
A Facelift can help to smooth the skin of the face and neck, reposition and tighten the deeper tissues and muscles of the face, and remove excess skin, ultimately creating an overall youthful rejuvenation. There are many different variations for this procedure. Dr. Seal would be happy to discuss the options and details with you and help you decide if a Facelift would be a good option to help you achieve your individual goals leaving you looking and feeling great.
Take a look at the photo gallery for some before and after examples, to see how Facelift surgery can make a great difference in the way you look and feel. To take the next step, request a consultation with Dr. Seal, or call our office at (604) 569-2895 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you identify what your options may be on the road to achieving all of your aesthetic and functional goals.
A Facelift is a surgical procedure that focuses on the sagging tissue and skin of the face. It does much more than just tighten the skin, and one of the key technical goals is to focus on repositioning and tighten the deeper tissues and muscles of the face to ensure the skin does not have a tight, wind swept appearance, and instead creates a more subtle, youthful rejuvenation. By addressing the deeper tissues, this also creates longer lasting result. Areas that can be greatly enhanced include:
- Lifting the cheeks to remove sagging in the midface.
- Tightening excess skin and fat along the jaw line, known as the ‘jowls’, to create a smooth, youthful contour.
- Softening the creases that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth, known as the ‘nasolabial folds’.
- Tightening the muscle tone in the lower face.
- Smoothing and tightening the neck skin.
- Adding volume to areas where it has been lost.
Facelift surgery can be performed utilizing several different techniques, including short scar facelift options. Through your consultation, Dr. Seal will focus on your individual concerns and goals, and then discuss what options exist to help address them. These options are influence by your facial shape, distribution of facial fat, hairline and hairstyle preference, and overall skin texture.
In general, incisions are made in the natural creases in front and behind the ear, and into your hairline to help hide them as best as possible. This allows for access to the underlying facial tissues to tighten then, and to gently tighten and remove excess skin. One of Dr. Seal’s goals for your Facelift, is to make your incisions as unnoticeable as possible. The surgery cannot be done without making some incisions, however, these are strategically placed to help hide them as best as possible, and will continue to fade over the first year after your surgery. All of the important scar management modalities that you can do to help optimize your incision and results are reviewed during your follow-up visits.
The surgery may involve micro fat grafting, where a small amount of your own fat from other parts of your body can be used to help re-create a healthy fullness in the desired areas.
Your Facelift will be performed in Dr. Alex Seal’s office located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
What to expect during your recovery
A Facelift is generally performed as an outpatient procedure at a private surgical facility. You will be able to go home after the procedure to relax and recover. In general, most patients recover well over the first 3 week, and we provide you with all of the medication and supplies to help you through this process. When thinking about time off work, or away from social commitments, 3 weeks is usually a safe window of downtime. It is common to experience some swelling and bruising after the surgery. During the recovery time, you will wear a facial wrap to help minimize swelling and provide support to your face as it heals. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4-to-6 weeks to prevent ongoing swelling from the increase in your blood pressure. Dr. Seal will see you in the office over the recovery period to review all of the important information with you and ensure you are doing well. There are often drains used in the first 1-to-2 days to help minimize the chance of fluid accumulating. These are removed in the office and appropriate drain care instructions are provided. The final results can appear gradually over the first few months. The incisions continue to fade over the first year, and all of the important things you can do to help optimize your results are reviewed during your follow-up visits.
A Facelift can truly be transforming for both looking and feeling youthful and re-energized. This is always optimized with a healthy lifestyle. Patients love their fresh new, rejuvenated look to help contribute to looking and feeling healthy and beautiful.