Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
As a person ages, they experience a loss of volume and elasticity in the skin and underlying tissues. This is most noticeable in the face, where it can result in deep folds, lines and shadows that change the way we look in the mirror. A facelift, technically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. These signs can include:

  • Sagging in the middle of your face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
  • Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw, which can result in the appearance of a double chin even in patient of normal weight.

Rejuvenation procedures that are typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery.

As people live longer and are in better physical shape, the number facelifts continue to grow. The usual age group for facelift surgery ranges between 40 to 60 years of age who are otherwise healthy. Facelift surgery is now among the most popular procedure in the field of facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Is Facelift Surgery Right for You?

Your face is precious. Making the decision to undergo a facelift is no small matter. A facelift result that does not look overdone is a must. Therefore, choosing a facial surgeon with experience is highly important. A private consultation with Dr. Jaggi will provide the opportunity to have all your questions answered and determine whether a facelift is truly the right procedure for you.

In general, good candidates for a facelift include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Traditional Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery begins with an incision just above the ear. It begins near the temple and the incision extends in front of the ear, below it and then behind it. Finally, the incision continues along or behind the hairline on the back of the head.

Once the incision is completed, the skin is lifted and the facial muscles under the skin (called S.M.A.S.) are incised and tightened with sutures. The excess skin is excised and the incision is closed with a combination of surgical clips, absorbable or non-absorbable sutures. Finally, drains, in the form of fine tubes, are inserted through the incisions at the end of the procedure.

The average duration of a facelift surgery is 3 to 4 hours. At the end of the procedure, a cotton dressing is applied around the face and neck as well as a specialized facelift garment.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Facelift Recovery

During your facelift recovery, a bandage will be around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed.

During your facelift recovery, thin tubes will be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. These will be removed on Post–Op Day #2.

It will take somewhere between 2 – 3 weeks to recover from facelift surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head.

Dr. Jaggi will provide you with specific instructions that will include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health and when to follow up with our clinic.

As the swelling and bruising subside, the visible improvements of a facelift appear. Your final result should not only provide a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.

Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

Following Dr. Jaggi's instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. Also, life-long sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Preparing For Your Surgery

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. Please arrange for a responsible adult to take you and pick you up from your surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.


Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
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