Facelift | Neck Lift
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Dr. Laliberte has performed a multitude of facial enhancing procedures over the years. This experience coupled with his honed aesthetic approach produce naturally beautiful results customized to each patient’s facial structure, goals and circumstances. By combining surgery with non-invasive treatments, Dr. Laliberte and his team are able to enhance your best features. Visit us for a private consultation to reveal a refreshed, relaxed, and more radiant version of your confident, expressive self. The Facelift and Neck Lift are among the best procedures for neck tightening.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgical procedure to create a younger appearance in your face. A facelift is used to give a “refreshed” appearance to the face addressing deflation or sagging in the cheeks, aging around the mouth, loss of jawline definition (jowls) and within the neck that typically occur with age.
During a facelift, a flap of skin on each side of the face is pulled back, and tissues below the skin are surgically altered to return the contour of the face to a more youthful shape. Before the flap is sutured closed, excess skin is removed.
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is often done as part of a facelift to reduce fat deposits and sagging skin on the neck.
A facelift won’t decrease fine creases or wrinkles in your skin or damage from sun exposure. Other cosmetic procedures can address the appearance or quality of the skin itself. The Neck Lift is among the best procedures for neck tightening.
What is a Full Facelift?
A full facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin in both the face and neck. A facelift can only be performed surgically and typically takes 2-3 hours.
How much does a Facelift / Neck Lift cost?
Each of our patient’s cases is unique, however, the average cost of a Facelift / Neckliftcan range from $12,500 – $14,500
When is a Facelift or Neck Lift performed?
As you get older, the appearance, shape and definition of your face is altered, typically due to regular age-related changes. Your skin becomes less elastic and looser, and fat deposits may decrease in some areas of your face and increase in others. Age-related changes in your face that may be reduced with a facelift include the following:
- Sagging appearance of your cheeks
- Excess skin at your lower jawline (jowls)
- Deepening of the fold of skin from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth
- Sagging skin and excess fat in the neck (if the procedure includes a neck lift)
A facelift isn’t a treatment for superficial wrinkles, sun damage, creases around the nose and upper lip, or irregularities in skin color.
Most often a face and neck lift is done as a person gets older and gravity begins to change the appearance of the lower half of the face and neck. Occasionally a younger person, who has suffered significant facial scarring following acne will also benefit from the skin tightening and smoothing effects of a facelift.
How to prepare for a Facelift
Initially, you’ll talk to Dr. Laliberte about a facelift. The visit will likely include:
- Medical history and exam. Prepare to answer questions about past and current medical conditions, previous surgeries, previous plastic surgeries, any complications from previous surgeries, history of smoking, and drug or alcohol use. Dr. Laliberte will do a physical exam, may request recent records from your doctor, or order a consultation with a specialist if there are any concerns about your ability to undergo surgery.
- Medication review. Provide the names and dosages of all medications you regularly take, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal medications, vitamins and other dietary supplements.
- Facial exam. Your plastic surgeon will take photos of your face from different angles and close-up photos of some features. The surgeon will also examine your bone structure, shape of your face, fat distribution and quality of your skin to determine your best options for facelift surgery.
- Expectations. Your surgeon will ask questions about your expectations for the outcomes of a facelift. He or she will help you understand how a facelift will likely change your appearance and what a facelift doesn’t address, such as fine wrinkles or naturally occurring asymmetry in your face.
Before a face-lift:
- Follow medication directions. You’ll receive instructions about what medications to stop taking and when to stop. For example, you’ll likely be asked to discontinue any blood-thinning medication or supplement at least two weeks before surgery. Talk to your doctor about what medications are safe to take or whether the dosage should be adjusted.
- Wash your face and hair. You’ll likely be asked to wash your hair and face with germicidal soap the morning of the surgery.
- Avoid eating. You’ll be asked to avoid eating anything after midnight the night before your face-lift. You will be able to drink water and take medications that have been approved by your surgeon.
- Arrange for help during recovery. If your facelift is done as an outpatient procedure, make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you the first night after surgery.
The Facelift procedure
The procedure is typically done using sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia may be is recommended.
During the procedure
In general, a face-lift involves elevating the skin and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. Fat in the face and neck may be sculpted, removed or redistributed. Facial skin is then re-draped over the newly repositioned contours of the face, excess skin is removed, and the wound is stitched or taped closed.
The incisions for the procedure depend on the techniques that will be used and the patient’s preferences. Options include:
- A traditional facelift incision
- A limited incision
- Neck lift incision
A facelift generally takes two to four hours but might take longer if other cosmetic procedures are done at the same time.
After the procedure
After a face-lift, you may experience:
- Mild to moderate pain
- Drainage from the incisions
Your incisions will likely be covered with bandages that provide gentle pressure to minimize swelling and bruising. A small tube might be placed under the skin behind one or both of your ears to drain any excess blood or fluid.
In the first few days after surgery:
- Rest with your head elevated
- Take pain medication as recommended
- Apply cool packs to the face to ease pain and reduce swelling as directed by Dr. Laliberte.
Facelift Post-Procedure Recovery
Let your discomfort be your guide. You can resume normal activities by the end of 2 weeks. It will take 4 weeks to get back to significant aerobic or physical activity.
Additionally, a recently study showed a portfolio of photographs of a group of patients before and after a facelift – and on average the facelift patients were judged to be nine years younger! Each patient’s procedure and results are tailored to their situation, therefore, it is common to expect a degree of varying results.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”How long does a facelift last?”]A face-lift can give your face and neck a more youthful appearance. Face-lift results are not permanent. With age, the facial skin may begin to droop again. In general, a face-lift can be expected to last around 10-15 years.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Will a facelift treat wrinkles on my face?”]A facelift is primarily concerned with lifting than it is about removing wrinkles. By elevating and tightening, the wrinkles on the cheeks will be a little more stretched flat and will look better. But it will not effect anything in the chin and upper lip area. A facelift does not actually make any change in the skin itself.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Will a facelift tighten my neck?”]A facelift reshapes the lower half of the face by removing excess facial skin, tightenining loose, hanging skin around the jaw line, also known as “jowls.” It can also remove deep creases around the mouth and nose, and excess, hanging skin and fat under the chin and in the neck.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Will there be scarring after a facelift?”]Wherever an incision is made there will be a scar. Fortunately the areas of the facelift incision heal remarkably well. When incisions follow curves around natural landmarks they are extremely difficult to notice, even when viewed close up.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][/cq_vc_accordion]
Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte
Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Having operated alongside word-class surgeons throughout North and South America, Dr. Laliberte brings to the Canadian Rockies a practice that encompasses the breadth of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Michael Laliberte is extensively trained in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery. After completing undergraduate and medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Laliberte specialized in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba.
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