Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures
Facelift, S-Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Rhinoplasty
Frequently Asked Questions:
What facial procedures are available to me to improve how I look?
There are many facial plastic surgery procedures available today to help us look as young as we feel. They can effectively rollback the effects of age, gravity, sun exposure and the stresses of life.
Critical to studying your options will be consultation with your physician, assuring you have a thorough understanding of what procedure(s) will help you achieve the desired results.
What is a Facelift?
A Facelift improves sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening underlying face and neck muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. Facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a Forehead Lift, Eyelid Surgery, or Nose Surgery.
Am I a good candidate for a Facelift?
The best candidate for a Facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined. Most patients are in their 40’s to 60’s, but Facelifts can be done successfully on people in the 70’s or 80’s as well.
What is the Facelift surgery like?
The procedure is typically performed in an outpatient facility under general anesthesia. The surgeon places inconspicuous incisions in skin folds or hairlines and on the inside of the ear. He then separates the skin from its underlying tissues and tightens the superficial muscular system (SMAS) and neck muscle (platysma). Excess skin is removed and the area is sutured snugly in place.
What is the recovery from Facelift?
Following surgery, loose bandages are applied and the patient typically stays 1-overnight in the surgery recovery facility. Pain is minimal and relieved with oral medications for the first day or two. Bruising and swelling subsides in 7-21 days and patients can then return to work and social situations. Patients should avoid the sun for several weeks. Prior to surgery, patients are started on special homepopathic vitamins to reduce swelling and bruising. It may take 9 to 12 months to achieve the final result.
What is Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Do you look tired even when you’re well rested? If so, then you may want to be one of the many who improve their appearance by firming up the area around their eyes. As we age, our eyelids stretch, muscles weaken and fat accumulates, all of which can lead to sagging bags under the eyes and droopy eyelids. Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes.
What is the Eyelid surgery procedure like?
Eyelid surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis in a surgeon’s office or at an outpatient facility. During the one to three hour procedure, local anesthesia is normally used, sometimes with the addition of intravenous sedation. Some times the patient will benefit from a browlift in combination with eyelid surgery to get the best result. Prior to surgery, the surgeon marks the areas where incisions will be made. To minimize scarring, the marks follow the natural lines and creases of the upper and lower eyelids. Fat, excess skin and muscle may be removed during the procedure. Fine sutures make the incision almost invisible.
What can I expect during recovery from my Eyelid surgery?
Sutures are removed in 4-5 days. The physician will prescribe oral pain medication that may be taken for 1-2 days to alleviate any discomfort following the surgery. The physician will also prescribe certain vitamins that minimize bruising. Bruising and swelling subside in 5-7 days and the patient can return to work and social situations.
What is an S-Lift?
A number of different names are used to describe what is essentially a “mini facelift.” It will provide an overall lift to your neck and the lower half of your face. These procedures use slightly smaller incisions and have quicker recovery than standard facelift surgery. As in a standard facelift, the goal of the surgery is to enhance the appearance of the aging face and neck by tightening the sagging tissues of the face and neck and by removal of excessive skin and fatty tissue.
What is the S-Lift procedure like?
The procedure is with sedation and for patient comfort and safety, this procedure is primarily performed in an outpatient surgical facility. Incisions are placed in front of and behind the ear.
What is the recovery after the S-Lift procedure?
The physician will prescribe oral pain medication that may be taken for 1-5 days following the procedure. Patients may expect minor swelling and bruising for a day or two. Some patients recover more rapidly, some may take a few days longer. Sutures will be removed after 6-7 days. Most patients resume normal activities after 4 or 5 days.
What is a Forehead Lift?
A Forehead Lift minimizes forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, furrowed forehead and frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles and tightening forehead skin.
What are some of the other common facial procedures?
Below are listed some other common procedures. Again, consultation with your physician is critical to any decisions regarding procedure(s) that are right for you.
- Chin Surgery: Changes the basic shape and balance of the face, using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin.
- Contour Threadlift: A minimally invasive rejuvenation technique to achieve Facelift-like results. It can be used to lift sagging eyebrows and forehead, reposition sagging cheeks, lift drooping soft tissues of the mid and lower face (“jowls”), and smooth out premature skin aging. The procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia.
- Dermabrasion: Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Dermabrasion softens sharp edges of surface irregularities including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
- Ear-pinning Surgery (Otoplasty): Sets prominent ears back closer to the head or reduces the size of large ears. This procedure is most often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years.
- Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty): Reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils or changing angle between nose and upper lip.