Dr. Richard Rival performs facelift surgery in Toronto and Newmarket, Ontario, to give the face and neck smoother, more pleasing contours. The traditional facelift specifically addresses the "jowls" and "turkey gobbler" in the neck. Many patients also choose this procedure to improve the deep lines, called nasolabial folds, where the cheek meets the mouth.
To find out how a face lift may help you look years younger, request a consultation with Dr. Rival using our online consultation form or call us toll-free at 1-866-229-FACE (3223).
Results That Speak for Themselves
Dr. Rival is a facial plastic surgeon whose results are a testament to his experience and technique. Browse our photo gallery to see more of Dr. Rival's actual patients.
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Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
During your consultation, Dr. Rival will determine whether a facelift is suited to your unique facial anatomy, skin, and aesthetic goals. You should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have reasonable expectations about your results. Men and women visit Dr. Rival in Toronto for facelift surgery for one or more of the following improvements:
- Tightening loose skin in the neck and jawline
- Improving the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the mid-face area
- Smoothing creases below the eyes
Is a Facelift All I Need to Look Younger?
The facelift rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face, which for many people is not the only area that shows signs of aging. You may require a combination of procedures to restore a more youthful appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Rival will review the procedures that may need to be combined with your facelift to give you the rejuvenated look you want. He typically combines one or more of the following:
- Brow lift smoothes a furrowed forehead and lifts sagging eyebrows to restore a calm, rested look to the upper face.
- Eyelid surgery can refresh the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Loose eyelid skin and puffy fat pockets are removed through incisions that are concealed in natural creases, along the lash line or within the lower eyelid.
- Mid-facelift raises sagging cheeks and smoothes out folds near the nose and mouth. This procedure may reduce jowls as well.
- Neck lift defines and firms the neck by tightening wrinkled "turkey neck" skin and vertical banding, and eliminating a double chin and excess neck fat. Dr. Rival usually performs the procedure as part of a facelift but offers it as an individual procedure as well.
- Dermal fillers can be used to restore fullness that is naturally lost over the years. These treatments are often used to fill out the temples, cheeks, and hollows under the eyes.
Board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, Dr. Rival devotes his practice exclusively to enhancement of the face and neck, with a focused specialty in rhinoplasty.
How Is Facelift Surgery Done?
Dr. Rival performs facelift surgery as an outpatient procedure using a light general anesthetic or local anesthetic with deep sedation. He places an incision on each side of the face, hidden in the hairline at the temple. For women, the incision travels down along the opening of the ear; for men, it is placed slightly outside of the ear opening so that the whiskers don't end up right outside the ear when he removes the loose skin. The incision then extends around the earlobe, up the back of the ear, and into the hairline behind the ear. Following surgery, the facelift incisions are typically concealed by hair and makeup.
After the skin has been elevated, the deeper tissues may be repositioned and tightened. Excess skin and fat are then removed to create a natural-looking, youthful facial contour. A small incision beneath the chin may be used to aid the removal of fatty tissue in that area and smooth the cord-like structures of the underlying muscle in the neck, called the platysma muscle.
Dr. Rival often combines facelift surgery with a neck lift to restore the appearance of the jaw and neckline. For more detailed information about this procedure, including a real patient's experience, read this article from Elevate magazine featuring Dr. Rival.
What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift?
After the surgery, you will return home wearing a light head dressing, with suction drains placed under the skin. All drains and dressings are removed the day after surgery when you return for your first post-op appointment. Most facelift patients experience some bruising and swelling, which will peak over the first 4 days. You can minimize swelling by keeping your head elevated at all times for the first few days. It is helpful to sleep propped up with pillows or in a recliner.
Pain is usually not significant after a facelift and is easily controlled with prescription medication. Most patients need pain medication for only the first few days. It's not unusual for areas of the skin and scalp to feel itchy, tight and numb, especially around the incisions; normal sensation typically returns within a few months. It's common to feel emotional initially, because your face and neck will be bruised and swollen, and your incisions will be noticeable. These concerns will gradually resolve over 2 to 3 weeks as your renewed look emerges. Most patients feel ready to return to work at this time. Return to normal activities may occur at this time, but you should delay strenuous activities for 4 to 6 weeks. Dr. Rival will fully cover the details and risks of this procedure at the time of your consultation.
To learn more about facelift surgery, visit Dr. Rival's common questions page.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Once you have fully healed, you will look more youthful and refreshed. Many patients say they look the way they did 10 years earlier. A facelift will not stop the aging process; however, you will continue to look younger than your actual age.