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Understanding Facelift/Rhytidectomy

A facelift operation is a surgical procedure used to correct sagging and loose tissue of the lower face and neck. It can be combined with other procedures such as a forehead lift or eyelid blepharoplasties to rejuvenate other regions of the face. Most modern facelifts can be described as a ‘two layered facelift’, designed to tighten and reposition the deeper tissue and remove excess skin by re-draping and trimming this tissue. In addition, liposculpture of the neck maybe required. The incisions will fall in natural creases around the ears for camouflage. The goal of the procedure is to produce a natural “non-pulled” appearance.

After initial consultation with Dr.Bakala, you and the surgeon will decide on the procedure best for you based on your facial structure, skin texture, skin elasticity, overall health and goals.  You may require a more traditional facelift or perhaps a “short scar – short incision” lift is best for you. Dr.Bakala will discuss with you which procedure may be best to achieve your goals.

Being a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as a Board Certified surgeon in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in Canada and the USA, he has the expertise to assess and provide you with the information you need to make an informed and realistic decision.

Dr.Bakala does all his cosmetic surgery in a private, discrete, fully ACCREDITED operating suite. The procedures may be performed under full general anesthesia or “twilight anesthesia” under the care of Board Certified Anesthesiologists. This provides the patient the utmost in privacy and quality medical care. Your approximate surgical time can vary from 2 to 4 hours, and post-operative recovery time is about 10 to 21 days with most being socially acceptable in 10 days. Patients should prearrange for post – surgery support from family and friends.

All follow-up post-operative care appointments are with Dr. Bakala and he will directly follow your post-operative progress.

Post-Op Advice and Restrictions After a Facelift Treatment in Vernon

The first step you should take when you complete a facelift treatment in Penticton, Vernon, or surrounding areas is to schedule a post-operative visit, within 24 hours. A second visit will take place seven days after your surgery to have the rest of your stitches removed. Dr. C. Bakala will meet with you again one to three months later, as needed for follow up.
It is difficult to give an absolute estimate for recovery as it depends on various factors like age, health and type of procedure performed. However, knowing what to expect and following Dr. C. Bakala’s post-operative care instructions will make a big difference in the results of your facelift.

On Your Road to Recovery After a Facelift in Penticton

Most patients experience some discomfort, but medication can relieve tenderness. Incisions and bandages must be kept dry, and you should follow the specific instructions about bathing and washing. It is important to follow Dr. Bakala’s care instructions, as this will speed the healing process and allow for the best possible result.
Most of the patients experience the following after the procedure:

● Moderate pain
● Drainage from the incisions
● Swelling
● Bruising
● Numbness
● Irritation in sutures

Contact us immediately if you have:

● Severe pain
● Shortness of breath
● Irregular heartbeats
● Tear or cut in the sutures
● Excessive drainage from incisions


To ensure your recovery is smooth, there are some restrictions to follow, such as:

● No heavy lifting (greater than 25 lbs), vigorous activity, or straining for three weeks.
● No tub bathing until incisions are healed or cleared by the doctor.
● Do not use heating pads.
● Follow wound care instructions as directed by your surgeon.
● Do not pick at crusting scabs that develop on your wound.
● Follow instructions on when you can begin using shampoo and soaps and what kinds you can use.
● Wear clothes that fasten in the front (rather than clothes that are pulled over the head).
● Avoid excessive pressure or motion on and around the incisions.
● Avoid using makeup.
● Avoid vigorous or aerobic activity or sports.
● Avoid direct sun exposure to the incision for three weeks and use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher thereafter.
● Avoid colouring, bleaching or perming hair for at least six weeks.

By the fifth or sixth week, most patients are excited about their results. While some patients talk freely about their surgery, others choose to keep it confidential. Whichever the case may be, we appreciate the confidence and trust you have placed in us. We consistently perform to achieve the most satisfactory surgical result possible. You may always contact us for any queries or to book a consultation.