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Facelift

Toronto women and men looking to restore a smooth, youthful facial contour select facelift specialist Dr. Marc DuPéré thanks to his sophisticated surgical techniques, mastered while training under world-renowned facial plastic surgery experts. Dr. DuPéré understands that producing consistently excellent requires finesse and a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation.

If you want to restore a more youthful appearance to your face with a lift that still looks natural, request a consultation to meet in Toronto or Richmond Hill with Dr. DuPéré, a Royal College-certified plastic surgeon. Or call our office at (416) 929-9800.

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This lovely petite woman came to Visage Clinic in Toronto for a consultation with Dr. Marc DuPéré, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  She was not sure what she needed, but knew that she did not like the loose skin on her neck and lower face and the droopy jawline that was giving he... Read On

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This 47 year old female executive felt that her neck made her look older than she is.   Working in a male dominated environment she wants to keep the youthful looking, sharp edge. After her consultation with Dr. DuPere, she decided to proceed with neck liposuction, anterior platysma r... Read On

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This is a single, very energetic mid fifty year old lady who loves funky hairstyles and who has a youthful mindset.  She is a teacher in a private school and interacts with teenagers on a daily basis; her students have guessed her age to be mid sixty which did not make her happy.  &nb... Read On

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This patient has a very youthful self-image which was, however, not being portrayed.   Genetic aging was making her look tired and had taken away the sparkle she had when younger.  She was referred to Toronto Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Marc DuPéré, by her doctor, for an assess... Read On

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This is a 56 year old lady who was very unhappy with her reflection in the mirror.  An out-going and active lady she felt that her excess skin around her neck and jawline made her look much older than she was and felt.  Her husband came with her to the consultation and was very supportive.... Read On

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 This very lively lady in her earlier fifties felt that the excess skin on her neck and face made her appear older and not happy.    After having three children her breasts were long without volume which did not match the rest of her body or her personality. After meeting with D... Read On

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This patient was looking to feel refreshed. Being constantly out in the sun had aged his skin making him look older than he felt. Dr. DuPere discussed the benefits of an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and lower face/necklift to which he agreed. This patient now feels youthful, ... Read On

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6 weeks post lower facelift, upper and lower eyelids surgery.

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Who Is a Good Facelift Candidate?

Patients who consult with Dr. DuPéré often ask whether they need a face lift or if their concerns can be addressed through non-surgical treatments. In many cases, he recommends a comprehensive approach combining cosmetic surgery with wrinkle-reducing injections and fat grafting.

Men and women typically can benefit from facelift surgery if they have:

  • Loose, sagging skin
  • Sagging jowls and cheeks
  • Deep nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • Diminished muscle tone
  • Downward or frowning mouth corners

Even though some patients express concerns only about a certain area of the face — for example, they don't like the way their furrowed eyebrows make them appear tired all the time — facial aging typically affects all areas of the face simultaneously. So a good candidate for a facelift likely will benefit from having a neck lift, and often a brow lift, too. During your consultation at our Toronto practice, Dr. DuPéré specifically explains the treatment plan that he believes will produce the optimal results based on your specific needs.

Dr. DuPéré's Facelift Techniques

Several facelift techniques exist, and it's important to select a plastic surgeon such as Dr. DuPéré whose expertise allows him to create a surgical plan tailored to your unique needs. What the different techniques have in common is that they reduce visible aging by addressing not only the skin but the underlying muscles and other tissues. Dr. DuPéré's approach to facelift surgery is based on your facial anatomy and your expectations, in addition to your gender. Dr. DuPéré pays particular attention to your hair pattern to camouflage the incisions.

In general, more extensive facelift procedures are associated with the longest-lasting effects but also have longer recoveries. Dr. DuPéré typically uses a general anesthetic for all facelift surgeries. The different techniques Dr. DuPéré offers include:

  • Classic periauricular (ear) technique with scalp incision extensions
  • Short-scar "New York" face lift
  • Skin lift and SMAS (muscle and fascial layer) lift, versus skin lift only
  • Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) face lift, a Belgian technique

In many cases, Dr. DuPéré performs fat grafting with platelet-rich plasma and stem cell transfer to enhance the improvement of facial contours and restore volume using fat harvested from other areas of the body. Transferring fat to the temples, jawline, nasolabial folds, lips, and cheeks is an excellent way to restore the youthful appearance that fades as our faces lose volume with age. Learn more about this technique. In other cases, Dr. DuPéré will combine these procedures with other facial procedures such as eyelid surgery, a brow and brow lift, a chin implant, earlobe rejuvenation and laser resurfacing procedures.

Graphic of female facelift incisions Graphic of male facelift incisions
In these images, solid lines represent incisions outside the ear and dotted lines represent incisions made either inside or behind the ear.

What is a Mini Face Lift?

Some of the men and women who consult with Dr. DuPéré about getting a face lift in Toronto are better suited to a modified version of the procedure. You'll often hear the term mini face lift. Compared with a traditional face lift, a mini face lift uses shorter incisions and requires less recovery time — but it also can't achieve the overall results produced by a more extensive and comprehensive procedure.

A mini face lift is often ideal for patients in their 40s (and sometimes 50s) with good skin elasticity who are primarily concerned with a lack of definition along the jaw. During your consultation, Dr. DuPéré will assess your eligibility for a mini face lift.

A Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist

Facial cosmetic surgery is unique because the results are always visible. That is why it's important to choose a surgeon such as Dr. DuPéré whose skill and commitment to personalizing results are virtually unmatched. In Paris, France, he trained with Dr. Daniel Marchac, one of the world's foremost authorities on facial plastic surgery. He later continued to refine his facial rejuvenation techniques while working with Dr. Bruce Connell, a prominent facial plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, California, and Dr. Patricia Wexler, a New York City dermatologist whose expertise in dermal injections, skin care, and fat grafting is recognized internationally.

Dr. DuPéré's extensive training and experience performing facial plastic surgery are combined with an artist's eye, allowing him to achieve the balance and symmetry that are critical components of an attractive, youthful face.

Recovering After a Facelift

You can plan to return home the day of your procedure, although Dr. DuPéré's practice can arrange a supervised night with one of our nurses at your home or at our surgical center. Swelling and bruising vary significantly depending on the techniques Dr. DuPéré uses. These side effects can last as little as 5 to 7 days or up to 2 to 3 weeks. It is usually OK to begin applying makeup several days after the procedure.

Dr. DuPéré places small drains at the incision sites to help the healing process; he removes them 1 to 2 days after the operation. You should wear a special compression garment for 1 week at all times and then only at night as long as necessary. Dr. DuPéré also recommends lymphatic drainage (a specialized massage) at our med spa to help your recovery following a facelift.

Risks and Complications

Every surgery comes with potential risks. Though serious complications are rare, Dr. DuPéré educates all facelift patients about risks such as: scarring, opening of the wound, temporary discomfort, bleeding, swelling and bruising around the surgical sites, loss of sensation over the surgical site and around the scar and earlobes, fluid accumulation (seroma and hematomas), infection (extremely rare), nerve and vessel injury, skin necrosis (more common with smokers and possibly treatable with wound care), and general anesthesia-related issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do the results last?

This is something every patient understandably wants to know. There isn't a simple answer because the duration of the results is related to the techniques Dr. DuPéré uses for each patient. The most extensive procedures will produce results that last longer. No matter what type of facelift you choose, you can expect the results to last several years, especially if you exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is important to remember that the aging process continues after having a facelift, and you may need non-surgical touch-up treatments periodically to maintain your results. Practicing good skin care habits, such as always wearing sunscreen, can also help prolong your results.

Is combining procedures safe?

Performing more than 1 procedure during a single operation is safe and can be much more satisfying for the patient. Instead of taking a piecemeal approach to facial rejuvenation, Dr. DuPéré visualizes the overall appearance. It is quite common to combine a facelift, which addresses signs of aging in the lower face, with a brow lift, fat grafting, or a chin implant. Doing so creates a more natural look. Injectable fillers and wrinkle-reducing treatments can put the final touches on the results. Patients looking to extend their results to the chin often seek BELKYRA™ injections to remove unwanted chin fat.

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