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.
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):
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.
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.
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 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:
- Injectable fillers and fat grafting replenish lost facial volume.
- Wrinkle-reducing treatments smooth fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes.
- Laser skin resurfacing renews the skin’s texture and coloring.
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.Back to Top