Erase a Decade Off

A face lift (rhytidectomy) erases wrinkles, folds and sagging on your face to make you look years younger.

The aging process, sun exposure, and stress can all take a toll on your face, leaving unwanted signs of aging like wrinkles, folds and loose skin. Facelift surgery in Toronto is a very popular procedure that can reduce these imperfections and take years off your appearance. Evening and weekend consultation and surgery times available.

Why you want a facelift

Most patients who undergo facelifts are between the ages of 40 and 60, when the effects of aging begin to become troublesome.

The surgery is well-suited to address the following issues:

  • Deep creases along the mouth and nose
  • Wrinkles beside the eyes, or "crow's feet"
  • Loose, sagging skin in the middle of the face
  • Sagging neck and jaw skin
  • Double chin

A facelift is great to rejuvenate the middle to lower parts of your face. To rejuvenate the upper parts, particularly around the eyes and forehead, you may want to consider an eyelid lift and/or forehead lift. These procedures can be combined to give you dramatic results!

Woman with beautiful youthful face.

Want a facelift?

Patients who wish to benefit from a facelift should be healthy, non-smokers with realistic expectations about the outcome. Because facelift surgery addresses the lower portions of the face and neck, individuals who want to improve the signs of aging around the eyes may be better candidates for eyelid surgery.

Types of facelifts

Traditional facelift An incision begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends at the lower scalp and a second incision may be made under the chin to redefine the neck area. Fat may be sculpted and redistributed from the face, jowls and neck. Underlying tissue is repositioned. Skin is re-arranged over the new uplifted contours and any excess is removed. Your incisions are sutured and staples may be used around the hairline. The procedure usually lasts 4-5 hours and while the results are unparalleled, such an extensive procedure means more anesthesia and a longer recovery time.
Limited incision facelift In a limited incision face lift, also known as a “mini” face lift, shorter incisions are made at the temples, continuing around the ear and possibly within the lower eyelids or under the upper lip. This procedure mostly focuses on the lower third of the face – the jowls, chin, and neck - offering a more youthful jaw line that enhances your natural appearance. Your incisions are sutured and staples may be used around the hairline. The procedure usually lasts 2-3 hours and can be completed with a limited amount of anesthesia.
OptimumLIFT™ The OptimumLIFT™ is a unique type of mini facelift that allows you to recover within 24 hours! Incisions are placed along your hairline and around/inside the ears. This allows your facial and neck tissues to be gently lifted. In fact, a sagging jawline can be lifted a minimum of 2-3 centimetres up. Sutures are absorbable, so you won't need to come back to have them removed. The procedure usually lasts 2-3 hours and can be completed with a limited amount of anesthesia.

At a Glance

  • Price $14,000
  • Recovery Go home same day
  • Length Of Surgery 2 - 5 Hours
  • Back To Work From 24 hours to a week

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Surgery steps


  • Stop smoking for at least four weeks prior to surgery. If you don't refrain from smoking for this minimum amount of time, your surgey will be rescheduled. This is to minimize the risk of complications.
  • Discontinue using any medications that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners and vitamin E because they can cause prolonged bleeding and bruising post-surgery.
  • Eat a balanced diet and remain active prior to surgery. Your body should be in good health to make your recovery easier.
  • The night before your surgery you will need to stop eating or drinking at midnight. This means no water, no gum or hard candy.

Surgery: how facelift is done and how is a rhytidectomy performed

Face lift surgery takes a few hours and requires either a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic combined with a sedative. While patients can usually leave after the procedure, in some instances a short inpatient stay may be necessary.

Recovery period: facelift when will I see results

The recovery time in Toronto for a face lift usually lasts between 10 to 14 days. Swelling, numbness, tenderness, and a feeling of tightness are to be expected. Patients should abstain from strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks and expect bruising for up to a week after recovery. Exposure to the sun should be limited for several months until the facial tissues have had the chance to fully recover. You'll see your optimal results about 6 months to a year after surgery.

Where are facelift scars? Where are facelift incisions?

The scars caused by incisions are usually hidden within the hairline, at the temples and behind the ears. They're inconspicuous, although it takes a careful and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Kara to ensure that the results will appear natural. Men will find that they need to shave behind their ears, as hair follicles have been relocated along with the skin. Facial rejuvenation treatments such as laser skin resurfacing in Toronto are often used to maintain or enhance the results of facelift surgery.

When do facelift scars fade?

They fade gradually and should be barely visible within a year of surgery.

Results usually last from 5 to 10 years, as the aging process will continue after the facelift.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does rhytidectomy mean? What is rhytidectomy surgery? What is facelift surgery? How facelift works?

Rhytidectomy is the medical term for facelift, or face lift surgery. This procedure is designed to lift saggy skin in the mid and lower face, erasing jowls, nasolabial folds and other wrinkles.

Where to get facelift?

Facelift surgery can be performed by experienced board certified plastic surgeons with an understanding of facial anatomy, like Dr. Kara. Your surgery should be performed in a fully accredited surgical facility.

Who invented the facelift?

It is believed that the first recorded facelift was performed in Germany by the surgeon, Eugen Holländer, in 1901.

What does facelift cost?

Facelifts cost about $13000 to $15000 in Canada. They are on the higher side because of the extensive work that is done during surgery.

When to get facelift? When to do facelift?

There is no set age at which you can have a facelift. However, because the procedure addresses the signs of aging, most patients tend to be in their 40s and over.

What is facelift without surgery?

The effects of a facelift can be mimicked with non-surgical methods of facial rejuvenation, such as Botox and injectable fillers.

What are the facelift risks?

There are, as with all surgeries, some risks of complications, which include injury to the facial nerves, infection, bleeding, excessive scarring, or asymmetry.

Blonde woman smiling after facelift surgery.

A firmer jawline and smoother, firmer skin

Can you imagine how much fresher and more vibrant you'll look without those deep creases and droopy jowls? You'll no longer feel bad everytime you look in the mirror. Your age will no longer define you because nobody will be able to guess old you are.