Dr. H. Ukani Plastic Surgeon

Facelift

Facelift ModelFacelift surgery at the Vancouver practice of Dr. H. Ukani has helped many men and women love the faces they see in the mirror. Lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity can be some of the earliest indicators of age. Although facelift surgery won't make you look as you did 30 years ago, it can create age-appropriate, natural-looking results that enhance your own unique features.

If you'd like to learn more about how facelift surgery with Dr. Ukani can refresh and revitalize your face, request a consultation using our online form, or give the office a call at (604) 931-1893.

Are You a Candidate?

Although facelift surgery is highly effective at treating many visual signs of aging, it's not appropriate for everybody. Good candidates for the surgery are healthy adults who would like to see long-term improvement of some or all of the following concerns:

  • Loose skin or excess fat around the chin
  • Lost muscle tone in the lower face and neck that creates the appearance of jowls
  • Fat that has been displaced or moved over time
  • Creases that run along the nose to the corners of the mouth, called nasolabial folds
  • Creases below the eyes
  • Sagging or skin laxity in the midface region

Although some of these concerns may be treated with non-surgical intervention, such as BOTOX COSMETIC® or injectable dermal fillers, the results of a face lift are more comprehensive and can last for many years. During your consultation, Dr. Ukani carefully evaluates your face and your overall health, working with you to develop a treatment plan that safely and effectively addresses each of your concerns. He may also recommend combining surgery and non-surgical options.

Meet Dr. H. Ukani

With his extensive training and ongoing experience, Dr. H. Ukani is known throughout Vancouver for creating stunning results through advanced surgical techniques. Learn more about Dr. Ukani's professional credentials and practice philosophy.

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Your Facelift Procedure

In Vancouver, facelift surgery by Dr. Ukani generally requires an incision beginning at the temples and running down the hairline, around the ears, and ending near the lower scalp. Once healed, this incision creates a very discreet scar that is concealed by most hairstyles. Other incision options are available depending on your anatomy and goals. During your consultation, Dr. Ukani carefully explains his preferred technique and suggestions for your procedure, ensuring that you fully understand the process and your likely results.

After the incision is made, Dr. Ukani removes or repositions underlying fat and tissue, creating smooth, youthful-looking facial contours. Depending on your goals, eyelid surgery or another type of facial rejuvenation may be performed at the same time as facelift surgery. Excess skin is cut away, and the remaining skin is redraped for a toned appearance.

Your Recovery

Depending on the specifics of your surgery, a face lift at the downtown Vancouver surgical centre we use may be outpatient or require an overnight stay. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Ukani helps you understand what you can expect.

Patients should keep their heads upright for several days, even during sleep, to facilitate good healing. It's important to stock the bed with lots of comfortable pillows or choose a favorite recliner to sleep in for the first few nights.

Some discomfort is to be expected and is manageable with prescription medication. Bruising and swelling, especially near the incisions, is also common. Many patients take about 2 weeks off work, although each person's timeline may vary depending on overall health and the specifics of the surgery.

The final results of facelift surgery may take up to 6 weeks to become fully apparent, although preliminary results are often clear after several days. Light activity, such as walking, is a good way to prevent blood clots, but patients should not force themselves to do anything before they feel ready. Dr. Ukani provides each patient with detailed, specific postoperative instructions for optimal healing.

Although facelift surgery can create truly stunning results, it's important to remember that it does not stop the aging process. Over the years, patients may notice skin laxity, wrinkles, and other signs of aging beginning to reappear. Although some patients may choose to undergo a second surgery, many people can maintain their results with periodic "touch-ups" with non-surgical treatments, such as dermal fillers. Dr. Ukani evaluates each of his facelift patients as individuals, working with them to maintain their beautiful results for as long as possible.

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