Visage Clinic: Dr. Marc DuPéré
101-133 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 0A6
Phone: (416) 929-9800
Fax: (416) 368-3113
Toll Free: 1 (855) 8 VISAGE
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Facelift Toronto

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 with Dr. DuPéré, a Royal College-certified plastic surgeon. Or call our office at (416) 929-9800.

Ageing skin and gravity lead to inevitable sagging and wrinkles. You may turn to injectable, “ liquid facelifts . However, when non-surgical fillers and wrinkle treatments reach their limit, facelifts can deliver dramatic improvements. Removing excess skin and repositioning underlying tissue, restores long-lasting tone and smooth features.

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Who Is a Good Facelift Candidate?

Patients who consult with Dr. DuPéré often ask whether they need a facelift 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, Dr. DuPéré specifically explains the treatment plan that he believes will produce the optimal results based on your specific needs.

Jowls, sagging neck, and cheeks that have lost their lustre can all be transformed through a facelift at our Toronto clinic.

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 (see illustrations):

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.

Restoring Volume Naturally

Loss of facial volume and elasticity can be troubling for men and women, especially if they feel far more youthful than they appear. Dr. Marc DuPéré will evaluate your goals, then create a facial rejuvenation plan just for you. Contact the VISAGE Clinic to discover enhancement options designed just for you.

In many cases, Dr. DuPéré performs fat grafting 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. Review Dr. DuPéré’s blog post about this technique.

Completing the Rejuvenation

Dr. DuPéré often combines facelifts with one or more other procedures to address facial aging completely. Options often include:

What is a Mini Facelift?

Some of the men and women who consult with Dr. DuPéré in Toronto about getting a facelift are better suited to a modified version of the procedure. You’ll often hear the term mini facelift. Compared with a traditional facelift, a mini facelift involves 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 facelift 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 facelift.

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.

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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

At What Age Should One Consider Getting A Facelift? 

Patients who were born with excess skin or fat may begin to contemplate cosmetic facelift surgery at a younger age. This is because the procedure can produce long-lasting results. In younger patients, liposuction of the neck and augmentation of the chin with an implant are procedures that are performed more frequently. After the age of forty, many patients begin to think about undergoing cosmetic facelift surgery to reduce the appearance of skin aging. 

When Should I Expect The Edema From My Facelift To Go Away? 

Depending on a number of factors, the acute swelling that follows facelift surgery could linger for up to two weeks or as little as a week. After this initial time after recuperation, swelling will still be present; however, the patient is typically the only one who will notice it. The very last small bit of swelling eventually disappears over the course of several months. 

It is possible to have swelling in areas of the face and eyes close to the operation site even though plastic surgery was not necessarily performed in such areas. This can happen even if the surgery was performed in the area directly adjacent to the surgery site. Gravity and the normal circulation of fluid in the tissues are to blame for the progression of the facial swelling in this area. In addition, bear in mind that the eyelids, face, and nose are highly vulnerable to swelling that can be caused by other factors, such as allergies, nutrition, hormones, gravity, sleep, and so on. 

How Can I Lessen The Likelihood Of Complications During My Facelift? 

The most effective strategy for lowering risk is education. It is helpful to increase safety by gaining knowledge about the surgery and the hazards involved, including having a conversation with your cosmetic surgeon Dr. DuPéré. 

Care should be taken to adhere to both the preoperative and postoperative guidelines provided by your plastic surgeon. These instructions on how to care for the surgical site are only meant to serve as a guide and do not replace any specific instructions given to you. Both before the procedure and during your recovery after cosmetic surgery, being prepared will lessen the risks you face. 

After Having A Facelift, What Can I Do To Diminish Or Minimize The Appearance Of The Scars? 

In the beginning, the skin and tissue close to the incisions may look puffed up and pink. This puffiness will become less noticeable over time. When applied topically to exterior wounds, petroleum jelly, such as products like Vaseline and Aquaphor, helps the skin look its best and decreases the appearance of scars. During the first phase of the healing process, ensure that the incisions are kept moist with petrolatum ointment at all times. Before receiving further instruction, you should refrain from using any additional hair products, including lotions and creams. In addition, during the early stages of the recuperation process, you should be especially careful while combing, brushing, or styling your hair in any way. 

In addition to avoiding smoking, it is important to consume a good diet, get plenty of sleep, be well hydrated, and maintain healthy sleeping and eating habits. Also, always use sunscreen.

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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What is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is an effective option for some of the Toronto women and men who visit Visage Clinic for facial rejuvenation. This modified facelift technique involves shorter incisions to rejuvenate specific areas of the face with a faster recovery. Dr. Marc DuPéré specializes in facial aesthetic procedures and uses advanced techniques to create long-lasting results that look natural.

If you think a mini facelift can provide the aesthetic changes you want, request a consultation with Dr. DuPéré by using our online form, or call Visage Clinic at (416) 929-9800 to schedule an appointment.

Mini Facelift Benefits

Many women and men interested in facial rejuvenation ask about the mini facelift because of its many benefits:

  • Using a local anesthetic and sedation (rather than general anesthesia)
  • Shorter operation
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Shorter incisions

Who Is a Good Mini Facelift Candidate?

It’s natural for patients to want a procedure that is less invasive and requires a shorter recovery, but it’s not right for everyone. Dr. DuPéré’s assessment of your anatomy and your skin’s tone and texture — along with your cosmetic goals — are key factors in determining whether a mini facelift can provide the desired results.

Here are 3 indications that you’re likely a good candidate:

  • You’re in your 40s or 50s with minimal to moderate excess skin.
  • The skin and muscle in your neck remain relatively smooth and tight.
  • Your primary concern is the lack of definition along your jaw.

The techniques involved in performing a mini facelift can produce lasting results, but it’s important that patients understand the procedure’s limitations. When Dr. DuPéré believes a mini facelift will not provide the desired result, he may recommend a more extensive facelift procedure to address significant age-related sagging.

Dr. DuPéré’s Mini Facelift Techniques

While the term “mini facelift” can be confusing as it has been used differently by various facial plastic surgeons, all agree that a mini facelift involves limited incisions and minimal undermining (i.e., skin detachment) to reduce bruising and swelling following the procedure. In the mini facelift, the front portion of the neck is not operated on but is instead lifted strictly from the back. Dr. DuPéré performs multiple variations of the mini facelift, including:

  • “Skin-only” short-scar facelift where the incision is around the ear (i.e., in front and back of the ear), but not extending into the hair, with minimal skin detachment.
  • MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift, which involves a small incision in front of the ear and into the scalp near the temple.

In the more extensive, classic facelift, the front of the neck is also opened and the muscle repaired, fat is removed from under the chin (double chin), and often a chin implant is added to complete the facial harmony. In such cases, the SMAS is lifted both vertically and obliquely, and the incision extends behind the ear, which is necessary for greater access to the tissue and muscle supporting the skin.

Using the MACS lift, Dr. DuPéré can still lift and reposition part of the SMAS layer in a vertical fashion, reducing the appearance of jowls and wrinkling in the midface. As with the other types of facelift he performs, Dr. DuPéré strives for a natural look without creating too much tension on the skin when he closes the incision.

Choose a Specialist for Your Facelift

Visage means “face” in French. Dr. DuPéré is a facial plastic surgery specialist who takes pride in customizing procedures based on a patient’s specific needs. Having trained under 2 of the world’s leading authorities on facial plastic surgery — Dr. Daniel Marchac in Paris, France; and Dr. Bruce Connell in Los Angeles, California — Dr. DuPéré’s ability to produce personalized results is exceptional.

Combining Procedures

Combining a mini facelift with other surgical or nonsurgical procedures can produce the type of comprehensive rejuvenation that most patients want. Younger patients often enhance their mini facelift results with the following procedures:

Recovering After a Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is an outpatient procedure, and the recovery is typically shorter and more comfortable than what patients experience following a full facelift. Because the mini facelift consists mostly of minimal manipulation of the underlying tissue and muscle and a shorter incision, there is often little or no bruising.

Swelling is a common side effect, but resolves on its own with a few days. Dr. DuPéré often uses internal stitches — but when he does use external sutures, they can be removed 7 days after the procedure.

If Dr. DuPéré places small drains at the incision sites, he removes them within a day or 2 of the operation. Dr. DuPéré provides every patient with detailed recovery instructions that can help enhance the healing process and make the recovery as comfortable as possible. Additionally, his blog post on facelift recovery offers some useful tips.

Mini Facelift FAQ

Which Procedure, The Mini Facelift Or The Standard Facelift, Produces Greater And Better Results? 

In most cases, there is a clear difference in which procedure someone will need. Additional surgical intervention will be necessary for patients who have much greater skin laxity and neck fat. When compared to younger patients, older adults typically require additional surgical procedures. Patients who are typically younger and show more moderate signs of face aging are typically suitable candidates for mini facelifts. 

Procedures that involve less work sound enticing, but they may not produce the results that are wanted in some individuals. Because of the individual nature of each patient, the selection of the most appropriate facelift technique can only be made after a careful examination by a cosmetic surgeon. A visit with Dr. DuPéré, a facelift surgeon will assist in evaluating which aspects of your appearance are caused by which variables, as well as which operations are most suitable to rejuvenate the face and neck. 

Is It Possible To Perform The Mini Facelift At The Same Time As The Neck Lift? 

The lower cheeks, jowls, and a portion of the upper neck can be tightened with a mini facelift; however, we also provide an extensive neck lift procedure, which will finish the process of revitalizing your appearance. Some people’s skin becomes lax and saggy as a result of the platysma muscle on each side of the neck becoming separated and causing visible wrinkles. In order to treat these issues, Dr. DuPéré performs neck lifts to target those specific skin flaws. 

When possible, it is best to combine a mini facelift with a neck lift in order to achieve optimal results in terms of cost savings, the number of incisions required, and the amount of recovery time required. 

How Long Does A Mini Facelift Take To Complete? 

A mini facelift normally takes between one and two hours, but when combined with a significant neck lift, the procedure can take as long as three and a half to four hours. 

Are There Scars Involved With A Mini Facelift?

When compared to those connected with regular facelifts, the incisions that are required for a mini facelift are significantly less in size, which is one of the major benefits of the mini facelift. When performing a mini facelift, Dr. DuPéré pays careful attention to the incisions he makes, taking the time to carefully situate them around the ears and carefully suturing them so that they are nearly undetectable. The final product is as aesthetically pleasing as it is feasible to make it. 

Are There Any Non-Surgical Treatments That Can Give Me The Same Effects As A Mini Facelift?

There is no permanent non-surgical alternative that can give the same results as a mini facelift that is currently available on the market. A facelift is still the procedure that is considered to be the gold standard for rejuvenating the midface and lower neck areas of the face. 

Non-surgical procedures offer the possibility of seeing little improvements, but for those of you who want to address the more severe indications of aging, a facelift offers the possibility of seeing the most significant effects for a long period of time.

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