FaceLift & Neck Lift in Ottawa
Sometimes we can look older than we feel. Over time gravity, sun exposure, and the natural aging process makes noticeable changes in the face and neck. The skin becomes less elastic, the body produces less collagen, and a loss of subcutaneous fat results in volume depletion. To combat and reverse these changes, there is no more effective treatment than a facelift and neck lift.
Dr. Ian MacArthur is a Top Rated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Ottawa who can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire.
What is a Face Lift & Neck Lift
When a facelift is done well, no one but the patient and their hairdresser should be able to tell. While the surgery is called a facelift, it mainly affects the lower third of the face and neck. This is the perfect surgery to correct jowls, deep creases around the mouth and nose, and bands or fat in the neck. In addition, any sagging skin along the jawline is treated to restore a defined, youthful jaw.
A facelift (or neck lift) does not restore volume to the cheeks on its own, which is why fat grafting is often added to the procedure. This option may be discussed with your surgeon.
Most patients interested in this procedure are in their 40’s or older. For younger patients, a better option is an individualized injectable plan that uses fillers and Botox. These treatments are great at managing wrinkles and fine lines, although they are not suitable for excess neck skin or heavy jowls.
Hidden incisions are made in the hairline and around the ear on both sides of the face. The hidden incisions allow access to the deeper layer, muscles, and ligaments beneath the skin. The aging changes in this layer are repaired, and the underlying foundation of the face is restored.
Once this has been completed, any remaining extra skin is removed, and the incisions are sutured closed.
Patients generally stay overnight at the surgery center or hospital with a nursing team present. Follow-up care begins one week after surgery when sutures are removed. Most patients are comfortable in public around week two, although bruising and swelling can last a bit longer, depending on the patient. Roughly 4 weeks after surgery, patients can return to their regular routine.