The choice of a surgeon to perform your facelift surgery is an intensely personal and extremely important decision.
Choosing your Facelift Surgeon
As an educated and informed consumer, there are a number of objective and subjective features that you should look for in your surgeon.
- He/She should be a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (F.R.C.S.(C) or F.A.C.S)
- Ideally he/she should have taken additional post-graduate aesthetic facial surgery training above and beyond Plastic Surgery Residency
- His/her concepts and artistry are evident in his/her results and they match your expectations of a natural and more youthful result. Ask at the time of your consultation to see before and after photos of his results, or ask to either talk to or meet some of his/her facelift patients
- You should feel not only comfortable, but confident with your surgeon before the procedure
Dr. David L.J. Wardle received his medical degree, general surgery and plastic surgery residency training in Canada prior to becoming Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. Due to his strong interest in Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery, he applied for, and was accepted into a highly prestigious Post-Graduate Fellowship in Facial Aesthetic Surgery with a world renowned Facial Plastic Surgeon. The focus on the training was to provide the most natural results possible of the highest quality. Dr. Wardle was subsequently asked to enter the office of his mentor where he continued to refine his artistic skills.
Who is a candidate for facial rejuvenation?
As we age, our lifestyle begins to show on our faces. The effects of sun exposure, gravity and the stresses of everyday life all leave their marks on our face. A facelift will set back the clock by improving and in some cases eliminating the most visible signs of aging.
While a facelift will create smoother, more pleasing contours to your face and neck, it is intended to give a “refreshed” appearance rather than address specific conditions such as sagging eyebrows, fatty deposits in the eyelids, or wrinkles around the mouth. Conditions such as these must be dealt with individually using other surgical means such as brow lift, eye lift and laser resurfacing.
A facelift is a very individualized procedure. Your initial consultation will take approximately one hour. Dr. Wardle will assess the thickness, texture and elasticity of your skin, your underlying bone structure, and the severity of wrinkles and folds. Your hairline will be examined to determine where incisions can be placed. The structure of your face will be considered to tailor surgery to you individually, and most importantly your goals for the surgery. Do not hesitate to ask questions during your consultation especially those regarding your expectations.
We will need to know your medical history, and your current health condition. If you take prescriptions, over the counter medications or herbs please bring a list of these with you. There are many foods, herbs and medications that affect clotting during surgery and the healing process after surgery. You will be given a packet of information that will address this issue to take home to read. We invite you to return for a second consultation to answer any additional questions this information may generate.
If your hair is short you may want to let it grow enough to cover your incisions while they heal. If you are overweight and you have a realistic desire to lose more than 15 pounds, you should discuss this with Dr. Wardle.
The incision may be placed either in front of or behind the hairline in the temple region. The incision will continue into the contour of your ear, then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline. Following surgery, incision can be easily concealed by your hair or with makeup.
After the skin has been pulled up and back, the excess is removed. The deeper tissues will be repositioned to a more youthful position. A small incision beneath the chin may be used to aid the removal of fatty tissue in that area and smoothing of the cord-like structures of the underlying muscles in the neck.
Facelift surgery is performed in one of our fully accredited surgical suites on an outpatient basis. Patients also have the option of going to one of the hospitals or surgery centers in our area. Arrangements will be made for a registered nurse to stay with you the first night following surgery should this option be requested. She will pick you up after surgery and stay up that night making sure you are very comfortable. She will return you the next morning for your first post operative visit. Most people return to normal activities within two weeks. Dr. Wardle will instruct you to temporarily avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Ideally to keep your skin in the best possible condition you should avoid sun exposure in the long term as well. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks for an accurate picture of the way you will look.