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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.