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With age, skin loses its elasticity, sags and becomes lined and wrinkled. The fat underneath the skin descends because of gravity into the jowls, neck and the folds between the nose and corners of the mouth, often making people appear older than their years. A facelift in Toronto will restore the rejuvenated, attractive appearance of youth, while maintaining your natural expression.

A facelift repositions and smoothes the facial tissues. Excess fat is removed, muscles are tightened, and the skin on the face and neck is re-draped, leaving scars that are barely noticeable. While positioning of the scars tends to be well-hidden in the natural creases of the facial contours, silicone scar gel can help reduce their appearance. You can read more about silicone scar gel here.

Please note that surgical scars do tan like the rest of the skin when exposed to the sun. However, they don’t fade and can remain permanently darkened. As a result, diligent sunscreen use is particularly important for the first 12-18 months after surgery. We have a variety of non-comedogenic options in the office that we can help select for you depending on your skin type.

Highly Individualized approach

Facelifts in Toronto are very individualized procedures. Dr. Kesarwani will recommend one of several different types of facelifts depending on your facial structure and goals – a “full” facelift where the skin and deeper layers are both lifted and tightened or a “short scar” facelift which involves a shorter incision and tightening of the deeper layers with sutures.

We often combine facelifts with fat grafts. This is to restore the fullness that better resembles a youthful appearance.

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The First Step

A personal consultation with Dr. Priya Kesarwani is the first step toward reaching your goals. During the consultation, she will evaluate your face, discuss your wishes and will take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns. You’ll have an opportunity to see before and after facelift photos and develop a plan that is right for you. A facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures in Toronto such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, facial implants or nose reshaping.

Your Facelift Expert

  • Performed by a facial plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge and training in the facial structures.
  • Full or short scar facelift
  • Fat grafts can be used to enhance your results
  • Natural-looking outcome
  • Dramatically reverses the effects of aging

Choose a surgeon with experience, who knows what tissues will do, and who has an artist’s knowledge of proportion

How is a Facelift Done?

There are two types of facelifts that Dr. Kesarwani performs: Short Scar and Full. How your facelift is done depends on the type that is most suitable for you.

Short Scar Facelift

The Short Scar Facelift, or S-Lift, is designed to rejuvenate your appearance and combat early signs of aging. This technique is less invasive than traditional for full scar facelifts, resulting in shorter scars (hence the name) and a quicker recovery time.

The Short Scar Facelift primarily targets the lower third of the face, focusing on the jowls and neck. It's an excellent choice for those experiencing early to moderate sagging in these areas but only requires a traditional facelift's comprehensive restructuring.

You'll be administered anesthesia. Small incisions are made along the hairline and around the ear. The specific length and location of the incisions can vary based on your specific needs but are typically much shorter than those used in traditional facelifts.

The skin is lifted, underlying tissues are tightened, and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is then re-draped for a smoother, firmer contour. The incisions are carefully closed with sutures.

Postoperatively, swelling and bruising are to be expected but are usually less intense compared to a traditional facelift. Typically, patients can return to routine activities within a week, although everyone's healing process varies.

The Short Scar Facelift offers a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, with less noticeable scarring and a quicker recovery time. However, it's important to remember that the procedure is not as comprehensive as a traditional facelift and may not be suitable for those with severe sagging or drooping skin.

Full Facelift

A Full Facelift, often referred to as a Traditional Facelift, offers more extensive rejuvenation, making it ideal for those with significant sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and prominent jowls.

After general anesthesia is administered, incisions are made. These typically start at the hairline and go around the ear to the lower scalp. These incisions are longer than those of a short scar facelift, making this procedure capable of more dramatic improvements.

Underlying tissues are adjusted, while excess fat and skin are removed. The skin is then repositioned, and excess skin is removed. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

You can expect swelling and bruising post-surgery, which should subside over a couple of weeks. Recovery time for a full facelift is generally longer than a short scar facelift, often requiring two to three weeks before resuming normal activities.

Short Scar vs Full Facelift

The main differences between these two techniques are the extent of correction involved, the scarring and the length of recovery time. While a full facelift provides a more dramatic improvement, a short scar facelift is best suited for those experiencing minor to moderate signs of aging.

How Soon After a Face Lift can I Wear Makeup?

The answer to this question depends on how confident you are in your makeup-applying abilities.

Makeup and Face Lifts

The swelling from face lifts is not aggravated by makeup, as far as we can tell. If possible, use products that don’t block pores, as the last thing you need is to get pimples while you still have swelling.

Where makeup becomes a problem is near the sutures. Makeup is not sterile and can both irritate and infect a wound. If your makeup never gets smeared or ends up where it shouldn’t be, you can apply it five millimetres away from any sutures. Still, it is better to wait until the incisions are completely healed and the sutures have been removed.

Other cosmetic routines can also be damaging. Tweezing any hairs on your face is a bad idea, as it puts pressure on the sutures and can cause more swelling. Dr. Kesarwani allows patients to wash their hair and face pretty normally 24 hours after the drains are removed, usually by the third day after surgery. No matter how minor the routine, be sure to consult with your surgeon about whether it will be safe in those critical recovery days.

Makeup and Swelling

After the sutures are removed and the incisions have closed, usually within 2 weeks apply makeup to your heart’s desire. It can be particularly effective in hiding any remaining post-surgical swelling.

As with any other surgical procedure, a face life will result in swelling that could last a few weeks. The swelling may also compromise capillaries, leading to bruising, especially around the eyes. These blemishes are best covered up using camouflage cosmetics, special products that may be recommended by your cosmetic surgeon.

The most important tool in camouflage cosmetics is concealer. This can hide not only pink blemishes, but also outright bruising. For bruising immediately around the eyes, opt for something a little lighter, like foundation or eye makeup.

Another excellent tool is color correcting makeup. Some swelling may result in a yellowish ting, which fortunately is easily correctable with lavender.

To deal with swelling, especially surrounding a nose implant, you can use the technique of contouring. Contouring requires a highlighter, a color two shades lighter than your foundation, and a shadow, a color two shades darker. Use highlights and shadows to emphasize the angles of your nose, chin, and cheekbones. This will minimize the effects of swelling.

It’s important to remember that all these problems are temporary. Most patients are comfortable wearing makeup, going out, and showing off their new face about two or three weeks after the procedure.


Why choose dr. PRIYA KESARWANI

Dr. Priya Kesarwani is the facial plastic surgeon at Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic. As a board certified Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon, Dr. P. Kesarwani has specialized training in addressing diseases, disorders and aesthetic concerns involving the head and neck.

You’ll speak with Dr. Priya Kesarwani directly during your initial consultation. She has a gentle approach and unwavering commitment to achieving the beautiful, natural looking results you want. She takes the time to discuss your goals and assess your situation before providing you with a custom tailored solution. No detail is overlooked. You will appreciate her fastidious and exacting nature — traits that are essential when performing any procedure, particularly those targeting the face!

Dr. P Kesarwani is dedicated to delivering you beautiful results while maintaining excellent patient safety and achieving superior patient satisfaction.