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    Preparing for Brow Lift Surgery

    Last updated 11 months ago

    A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or upper-facial rejuvenation, is a popular procedure designed to reposition sagging skin, raise the eyebrows, and minimize facial creases for a more youthful appearance. Though your Toronto surgeon will determine if a brow lift is the right procedure for your needs, it is important to educate yourself on what you can expect leading up to the procedure.

    Medical History Questionnaire

    It is important to meet with your surgeon for an initial consultation regardless of which plastic surgery procedure you are interested in. During this initial consultation, your surgeon will have you complete a medical history questionnaire to get a better idea of your eligibility for surgery. This questionnaire may include questions regarding your family history of disease, personal history of chronic illness, previous surgeries, current medications, and lifestyle factors. It’s in your best interest to be completely honest as you fill out the questionnaire.

    Physical Examination

    After completing a patient history questionnaire, you will meet with your surgeon for a one-on-one consultation. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions regarding your candidacy for the procedure, how the procedure will be carried out, and what type of anesthesia will be used. You might also ask your physician what you can expect from the recovery period.

    Pre-Procedure Steps

    Your surgeon will give you a set of guidelines to follow in the weeks following your surgery. This may include steps such as stopping medications that may increase the risk of bleeding, avoiding food or drinks after midnight the night before surgery, and finding a family member or friend to drive you home after the procedure.

    For more information on undergoing a brow lift or facelift, contact Dr. Kris Conrad with the Nasal and Facial Plastic Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Toronto. Give us a call at (647) 497-6635 to schedule a consultation. We also offer rhinoplasty surgery, revision rhinoplasty procedures, and eyelid surgery. 

    The Most Common Signs of Aging in a Face

    Last updated 12 months ago

    The skin on your face is the thinnest and most delicate of all the skin on your body, and therefore tends to show the signs of aging at a much faster rate. Before contacting your Toronto Plastic Surgeon for more information on your options, read this article to learn how the natural aging process affects your face.

    Changes in Skin Tone

    As you grow older, your skin starts to become thinner and more transparent, allowing the blood vessels, capillaries, and veins beneath the skin to become visible. Over time, this changes the tone or color of your skin, making you appear older. Your skin tone may also change as you age due to overexposure to the sun, resulting in age spots or areas of hyperpigmentation.

    Fine Lines and Wrinkles

    The muscles in your face begin to lose their strength because of repeated facial expressions. Over time, this allows the skin on your face to crease and create wrinkles, which deepen and get worse as you age. In most cases, facial wrinkles form between the eyebrows, along the forehead, at the edges of the eyes, and around the mouth.

    Loss of Volume and Elasticity

    As with your muscles, the collagen and elastin fibers beneath your facial skin begin to break down as you age, decreasing your skin’s ability to bounce back and retain its shape. Your skin also loses its ability to regenerate collagen cells as you age, causing your skin to become saggy or lose volume.

    If you are interested in turning back the clock, a face lift may be the right solution. Get the information you need to make an informed decision by contacting Dr. Kris Conrad with the  Nasal and Facial Plastic Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Toronto at (647) 497-6635. You can also visit our website to learn more about our facial rejuvenation procedures. 

    Understanding African American Rhinoplasty

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping surgery, is a procedure designed to alter the shape or appearance of the nose. Common reasons individuals undergo a rhinoplasty is to correct large or bulbous nasal tips, reduce the size of the nostrils, and change the shape of the nose at the bridge.

    African Americans tend to have a flatter or lower bridge, with wider nostrils and a softer, less defined nasal tip. Also, the nasal cartilage tends to be weaker when compared to the stiffness of the nasal bones. For this reason, rhinoplasty procedures performed on African American patients must be performed in a way that gives special attention to the placement of the incisions, making sure that they are made on a thicker area of the nostril wall to minimize scarring.

    For more information on how African American rhinoplasty procedures are performed, contact Dr. Kris Conrad at (647) 497-6635. You can also learn more by visiting our website

    How Rhinoplasty Can Help Improve Facial Symmetry

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Have you have undergone a rhinoplasty in the past, and are unsatisfied with the results? It may be time to consider a revision rhinoplasty procedure with Dr. Kris Conrad.

    This video offers a closer look at the rhinoplasty revisions performed by Dr. Conrad. Revision rhinoplasty surgery is a delicate procedure in which unwanted outcomes from previous surgeries are corrected. Watch this clip to see the before and after results for some of Dr. Conrad’s satisfied patients.

    Have you undergone multiple nose reshaping surgeries with different doctors? Let Dr. Kris Conrad help you obtain the nose shape and profile you want or correct previous work. Call our Toronto facial plastic surgery center at (647) 497-6635 to get started. 

    An Overview of the Facelift Procedure

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Are you ready to turn back the clock on the aging process? With a facelift procedure, you can enjoy the appearance you had 10, 15, or even 20 years ago. Given the surgical innovations of the last several decades, facelifts can be done with less invasive measures and a lower risk of postoperative side effects. If you would like to see your wrinkled forehead and sagging cheeks disappear, now is the time to consider your facelift options. The following article highlights what you can anticipate over the course of your facelift experience, from consultation to recovery:

    Pre-Surgery Discussion
    Most people seek a facelift to look younger, but what that means can vary greatly from one individual to the next. Before undergoing surgery, you should have a thorough discussion with your cosmetic surgeon about what your procedure results may bring. Your doctor can explain what will occur when you receive a facelift and how to take care of your face in the months after treatment. He can also give you a reasonable expectation of how the procedure will change your appearance and address your cosmetic concerns.

    Surgery Process
    Your surgeon will administer general anesthesia so you don’t feel discomfort during the procedure. Once you are unconscious, the doctor makes incisions to either side of your face along the hairline. This technique allows your cosmetic surgeon to remove the tissue and fatty deposits that contribute to an aged appearance. After these changes are made, the skin is resituated so that the lines and wrinkles are eliminated from the face. The incisions are then closed with staples or sutures. 

    Post-Surgery Recovery
    The rate of healing may vary from patient to patient, but many facelift recipients can resume most of their everyday activities within weeks of surgery. Conditions such as postoperative discomfort, swelling, and infection can be addressed with medication, cold therapy, and head elevation.

    Would you like to learn more about the facelift process? Dr. Kris Conrad would be happy to discuss your cosmetic needs and our plastic surgery options. Call our Toronto office at (647) 497-6635 to schedule a consultation.

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