Face FAQ

If you need a little help matching your outward appearance with your inner self, it may be time for a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures. London, Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario, men and women choose facial surgery from Dr. Otto Weiglein for the noticeable but natural results he creates. With thousands of successful procedures performed, Dr. Weiglein is well qualified to answer your questions regarding surgical procedures related to the face and neck.

Dr. Weiglein wants to help you feel good about your appearance. Request a consultation or call Dr. Weiglein at  (905) 634-5573 to discover the possibilities.

"Your face is the outward expression of who you are."

—Dr. Weiglein

Answers to Common Questions About Face and Neck Procedures

Cosmetic procedures for the face and neck can rejuvenate not only your physical appearance but also your mind and spirit. When you meet with Dr. Weiglein he will take as long as necessary to provide the answers you need to feel comfortable. In the meantime you may find some of the information you are looking for in these answers to common questions.

Q. Does a facelift address my whole face?

A facelift, known medically as rhytidectomy, addresses only the lower half of the face by lifting the cheeks, eliminating jowls, defining the jawline, softening the creases between the nose and the mouth (laugh lines or nasolabial folds), removing the creases from the mouth down to the chin (marionette lines) and reducing general facial wrinkles in the lower face. If the neck requires correction this is done at the same time by performing a platysmaplasty or necklift. A brow lift is used to correct the forehead and eyebrows. For signs of aging around the eyes, he offers eyelid surgery.

Q. Can I combine surgeries related to the face and neck?

Yes. Oftentimes Dr. Weiglein can create a more complete, harmonious and natural appearance if he addresses multiple facial aspects rather than a single area. Plus, combining procedures can reduce costs, the number of procedures you may need later and the recovery period. Eyelid procedures and laser resurfacing are commonly carried out with a facelift.

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Q. What’s the right age for a facelift, browlift, or eyelid surgery?

The decision to undergo face or neck surgery is based less on the chronological age of an individual than it is on whether a person feels his or her appearance negatively affects their self-confidence, contentment or overall quality of life. The physical signs of aging depend on your genetics, such as skin type and environmental factors, including sun exposure and lifestyle factors such as smoking. Two primary determining factors for proceeding with surgery include a person’s health and whether surgery or other nonsurgical treatments would achieve the desired goals. During a consultation, Dr. Weiglein can help you determine what solution is best for you.

Q. How do I know if I’m ready for face or neck surgery?

Dr. Weiglein can provide qualified advice on whether you are a candidate health-wise and aesthetically, but you have to determine whether you are ready emotionally. Dr. Weiglein is sensitive to each person’s reasons and reluctances. He understands that the choice to proceed with aesthetic surgery is very personal and may involve spouses, partners, family or friends. He will provide the answers you need to make an educated decision. But you, and only you, will know when you are ready.

Q. What will my recovery be like?

Every person and procedure is unique, so each person’s recovery time will vary depending on a variety of factors. Because Dr. Weiglein uses the MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) technique for facelifts, bruising, swelling and recovery time are significantly reduced. Dr. Weiglein advises most people to plan to take at least 2 weeks off from work for facial and neck-related surgeries. For combined procedures more time may be required. Specifics regarding recovery will be addressed more precisely during a consultation or other pre-op appointment.

Q. When can I resume normal activities after face or neck surgery?

In the days immediately following surgery, any activity that increases blood flow to the face increases the risk of swelling, bruising and bleeding; therefore, strenuous activity or exercise should be curtailed until necessary healing has occurred. An appropriate healing time is dependent upon the procedure performed and the patient’s condition. Patients can typically engage in light activities, such as slow walking shortly after anaesthesia has worn off. More demanding activities, such as yoga, heavy lifting, running, cycling or other aerobic activities are usually permitted after 2 weeks following the procedure. Patients should refrain from contact sports until 6 weeks after surgery.

Q. Is there scarring and is it visible?

Scarring is a reality for any surgical procedure, but with the modern methods, such as the MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) facelift technique used by Dr. Weiglein, incisions are shorter and performed in strategic locations to keep them hidden. Additionally, medical devices designed to hold tissues in place put less stress on the healing incisions, improving healing.

Q. Will smoking affect my recovery after face or neck surgery?

Smoking diminishes the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and can increase the body’s susceptibility to infection. Smoking prior to and following surgery is not recommended because it will weaken the body’s ability to heal, negatively affecting overall recovery. Dr. Weiglein recommends quitting smoking altogether to better maintain the benefits of surgery and to improve your overall health. Regarding the procedure, however, you should stop smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery and continue abstaining from smoking until the body has healed.

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