What Can You Expect Before Your Facelift With Dr. Colville
If you're considering a facelift, educating yourself about the procedure is a good idea. Knowing what… Read On
Craig W. Colville, M.D., F.A.C.S
2865 North Reynolds Road #250
Toledo, OH 43615
Phone: (419) 534-6551
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Colville performs facelift surgery at his Toledo, Ohio, practice for women and men who want to restore a smoother, firmer, more uplifted facial appearance. Aging is inevitable, and many people experience the effects of time in the form of flattened cheeks, sagging skin, and jowls. Facelift surgery lifts and firms sagging skin and deeper tissues on your face and neck and removes excess fat in the neck and chin.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Facelift surgery is appropriate for both women and men of varying ages. When evaluating a patient’s candidacy, Dr. Colville prefers to focus on his or her overall health and physical characteristics. Everyone ages at different rates and particular timelines are affected by many factors. Some of these are controllable, such as sun damage, and some are beyond your control, such as heredity. Therefore, while some people may be ready for a facelift in their 40s, others may wait until their 60s or even later.
Facelift surgery improves the lower two-thirds of the face. It is a successful way to reduce the appearance of many common complaints, including:
To undergo this surgery, you should be in good overall health and able to tolerate general anesthesia or sedation. For men and women with good skin tone who are primarily concerned about neck fat under the chin, KYBELLA® injections and CoolSculpting® are safe, nonsurgical alternatives. If you’re unsure of your facelift candidacy, Dr. Colville is happy to answer all of your questions during the consultation. In some cases, he may recommend a nonsurgical procedure, such as dermal fillers or a volumizer, to subtly refresh your face without surgery.
"My ultimate goal is to design a plan accommodating your wishes and desires in the most aesthetically pleasing manner possible."Meet Dr. Colville
While the basic steps involved in a facelift are fairly standardized, Dr. Colville customizes each procedure to meet the needs of the individual. In most cases, patients can benefit from a traditional facelift, which requires relatively discreet incisions made around the ears and just behind the hairline.
In other cases, the incisions may be shorter, depending on the approach you and Dr. Colville agree upon. In any case, these incisions heal very nicely and shouldn’t prevent you from wearing your hair short or pulled up.
Many patients wish to combine their facelift procedures with other surgeries, such as neck lift, chin augmentation, or even fat grafting, a procedure that uses your own fat to add volume and softness. Those who would like to rejuvenate the upper part of the face, as well, can benefit from adding a brow lift or eyelid surgery. This approach can create a harmonious, comprehensive improvement, but it’s not appropriate for everyone. Dr. Colville guides you through the planning process so that you can make the decision that’s best for your face and your lifestyle.
Come to your consultation prepared to discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and other factors related to your physical health and aesthetic goals.
Although it’s an outpatient procedure, facelift surgery is generally performed while you are under general anesthesia. Dr. Colville begins by making incisions around your ears and into the hairline in the pattern the two of you discussed. He repositions the underlying tissues and tightens the muscles for lasting, natural-looking improvements. Depending on your surgical plan, he may remove extra fat via liposuction or add fat via fat transfer to restore a more youthful shape of your face and neck.
He then redrapes the overlying skin, removing the excess. If you chose to add chin enhancement to your facelift, he also places an implant through a small incision either below your chin or within your mouth. Once he’s satisfied with the contours of your face, he sutures the incisions.
After a brief observation in our surgical suite, you’ll be able to return home with the aid of a trusted friend or family member, or you can stay overnight in the surgery center overnight recovery suite. For the remainder of the day, you’ll need to rest in a comfortable chair or in bed in an upright or semi-reclined position. Keeping the head elevated minimizes swelling and ensures your incisions heal properly. You will receive a prescription for pain medication to keep you comfortable.
Dr. Colville removes your sutures, dressings, and compression garments at your follow-up appointments.
With facelift surgery, downtime is about 7 to 10 days. Some initial bruising is expected. Most facelift patients take 1 to 2 weeks off work; some opt to work from home during their recovery.
Although your face will continue to age after surgery, facial rejuvenation procedures “set back the clock” on the aging process. This means that, as you age, you’ll continue to look younger than your chronological age. Most patients feel they look 10 to 15 years younger after surgery.
In the long term, you can preserve your results even more by maintaining a good at-home skincare regimen with the guidance of Dr. Colville’s team of aestheticians at Bella Via. This includes keeping your skin protected from the sun as much as possible because sun exposure can hasten facial aging and darken your scars. Some patients prefer to prolong their results with routine nonsurgical treatments, such as injectable fillers. Whatever course of action you choose, the results of your facelift are likely to be lasting and beautiful.
No. Using modern facelift techniques, Dr. Colville is able to provide consistently natural-looking facelift results. Instead of simply tightening the skin, as was common practice in the past, Dr. Colville first repositions deeper facial tissues and muscles to a higher, more youthful position. He then redrapes the skin and removes any excess. After your facelift, you can expect to look like yourself, just rested and years younger.
A facelift rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face. A heavy brow line often makes people look like they are scowling or unhappy. This condition is usually corrected with a brow lift or, in some cases, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. During your consultation, Dr. Colville will examine your facial anatomy and recommend a treatment plan best suited to your aesthetic goals.
Helpful preparations include:
The natural aging process will resume after your facelift, but there are steps you can take to make your rejuvenated look last as long as possible, including:
Individuals considering facelift surgery come from Findlay, Sandusky, Ann Arbor, and throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan to have Dr. Colville perform their procedures. If you’re interested in learning more about Dr. Colville and our practice, request a consultation online, or call his office at (419) 534-6551.