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Face Lift Questions

Healing plays a crucial role in delivering great facelift results. Therefore, good candidates for a facelift include healthy individuals that do not have a medical condition which impairs healing and are non-smokers. On top of this, a positive outlook, realistic expectations, and a dedication to caring for the skin even after downtime are strong indicators that the patient is a good candidate for this procedure.
Facelifts help men and women achieve a more youthful appearance by addressing the signs of aging such as wrinkles and saggy skin around the face and neck area.
The optimum age for an individual to undergo a facelift is around early to mid-forties. Typically, people around this age begin to notice significant sagging in their facial skin and neck. Additionally, facelifts done during this age gives more dramatic and longer-lasting results than if done at a later age.
Proper assessment with a certified and experienced plastic surgeon can help you determine if a facelift is for you. Timing, depending on your individual case, is important because getting a facelift too early can be a waste - but getting one too late typically won’t yield the best results. The ideal age is around early to mid-forties. However, patients younger than 40 or patients in their 50’s and 60’s can still be considered good candidates who can benefit from this procedure.
Though individual results may vary, depending mainly on the age and health of the patient, a facelift will, on average, make the patient look about 12 years younger.
Proper skincare and overall good health can help the patient retain results longer. But on average, the effects of a facelift last around 10 years.
The different techniques used in the different types of facelifts mean that they have varying levels of invasiveness, recovery time, and results. Furthermore, some techniques put focus on specific parts of the face or neck. The most noteworthy in terms of popularity and results include the traditional facelift, mini facelifts, QuickLift, S-lift, cutaneous lift, mid-facelift, browlift, jawline rejuvenation, and liquid facelift.
If you’re looking to address signs of aging in just specific spots, then a targeted facelift method can be ideal for you - such as the browlift, jawline rejuvenation, and so on. But for results on the overall face and neck area, the traditional/standard facelift is still your best bet. Though the recovery time for this may also be the longest, the results are significantly more dramatic and long-lasting.
Though there may be incision scars from any type of surgical facelift, these are placed in strategic locations that make them as hidden as possible. They are usually concealed by the hairline and the contours of the face and ear.
Even with the most invasive - yet equally effective - type of facelift which is the traditional facelift, a skilled plastic surgeon will be able to make incisions where the scarring won’t be noticed even with the hair up

A liquid facelift makes use of fillers (such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, and so on) combined with compatible neuromodulators (like BOTOX, Dysport, or Xeomin). This is different from other types of facelift since no incisions or adjustment of the skin and/or underlying tissues occurs.

Understandably, this type of facelift will only last for an average of 18 months which is significantly shorter than that of the traditional facelift where effects generally last for 10 years.

Laser treatments will allow you to tighten loose skin, eliminate age spots, and minimize wrinkles. On the other hand, facelifts can go literally deeper - adjusting the skin, muscles, and/or fat in the face area. Since most sagging occurs because of these three facial tissues, facelifts have significantly more dramatic results than laser treatments alone. However, laser treatments can address age spots and fine creases which means that they can enhance the effects of a facelift or be touch up treatments to maintain a youthful appearance.
The eyebrows and eyelids are areas that are not directly addressed by a facelift but can also be heavily affected by aging. This is why oftentimes, the facelift is combined with one or both of these two procedures: the brow lift and eyelid surgery. If the patient chooses, procedures like a jaw augmentation or a nose job can also be combined with a facelift.
During the first few days of recovery, the patient is given pain medication. During this stage, discomfort is completely normal but no significant pain should be felt. This gets incrementally better by the day and most patients will be able to stop pain medication after 1 week. Because each body’s speed of healing varies, the recovery time ranges from 2-4 weeks - not including the incision scars which may take more time to fade.
Swelling is a normal part of the recovery process and will last for about 1 - 2 weeks after the facelift.
A few practices can help you avoid noticeable scarring. This includes: avoiding smoking, wearing sunscreen as instructed by your surgeon, minimizing direct sunlight while healing, resisting to scratch the incisions as they heal, and keeping the incision site clean.
Most patients report an increase in confidence, and even energy, after having a successful facelift operation. On the practical side, because wrinkles are out of the picture, makeup would not be much of a necessity anymore. And of course, compliments from friends, family, and colleagues, though expected, are still very pleasant to hear.

Tummy Tuck Videos

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a procedure under body contouring that is focused on removing excess fat and skin and restoring weakened muscles in order to give a patient a slimmer firmer abdomen.
Like any plastic surgery operation, the success of a tummy tuck depends on the healing capacity of the patient’s body. Therefore, good candidates for this procedure are men and women who seek to improve the appearance of their abdomen who also have good overall health. This is because habits such as smoking and drinking, as well as certain bodily conditions such as diabetes, can hamper the healing process needed for the success of this procedure.
Though this is an out-patient procedure, you will need to set aside about 2 - 6 weeks for recovery after a tummy tuck. It’s normal to have discomfort, swelling, and bruising. During this time, your surgeon will instruct you on how to care for incisions and drain tubes that will be left on. You will also need to avoid rigorous physical activity, especially those involving this part of the body and take pain killers at least until the end of the first week.
The results can be seen almost instantly after the operation - such as the removal of the hanging excess skin on the abdominal area. However, after significant swelling has gone down at around the 2 or 3-week mark, you will begin to see the new shape of your body. The remainder of the swelling goes down after 2 or 3 months and this is when you’ll notice a great reduction in the circumference of your abdominal area.
Like all invasive plastic surgery procedures, you will first be given the needed anesthesia. Afterwards, the first incision is made which will be located in the area between the belly button and the pubic hairline. Excess skin and fat is then removed and the weakened abdominal muscles are repaired.
Next, the second incision is made along the line of the navel and the excess skin and fat is removed from here as well. The last stage of the procedure is when the skin is pulled back together and the incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, and/or clips.
Tummy tucks give dramatic results in reshaping the abdominal area by removing excess skin and subcutaneous fat - as well as repairing the weakened abdominal muscles.
The tummy tuck belt is a product developed with the intended purpose of tightening and toning a person’s midsection through what they claimed as a “fat burning chain reaction.” As promising as this could have been, experts say that no sufficient proof or scientific study supports this claim.
Yes it does! Along with excess skin, tummy tucks also remove the accumulated subcutaneous fat of the abdominal area which is notorious for being unresponsive to diet and exercise in some individuals.
Age is not the main consideration when it comes to determining the best candidate for this procedure. The main consideration is good health - because the healing capacity of the body is very important in ensuring the success of a tummy tuck. Moreover, the best candidate should be a non-smoker and can avoid drinking during the healing stage as these habits can be detrimental.
To ensure the best results for a tummy tuck, follow your surgeon’s instructions when it comes to the following: caring for your sutures and drain tubes, when to have the sutures removed, what kinds of physical activity to avoid, when to wear the abdominal binder, and taking pain medication. You may also be instructed on the proper diet to have during and after the procedure. An exercise plan may be recommended after significant healing has taken place to ensure that you are able to maintain your new abdominal profile.
Body sculpting procedures such as CoolSculpting are non-invasive and better suited for removing small pockets of fat in the body. But for people with a lot of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, the tummy tuck is the procedure of choice so that they may achieve more dramatic results in less time. The latter procedure is of course, invasive and will thus require a significantly longer time for healing and, unlike CoolSculpting, it will leave scars on the abdomen.

The excess skin and fat removed in one tummy tuck procedure is of course, permanent. But as the patient bears more children, loses more weight, or just has sagging skin from getting older after many years, then another tummy tuck can be arranged if they choose.

The effects will last, as long as the patient is able to maintain a stable weight after full recovery. Proper diet and exercise are still a must. One thing that most people don’t know about fat is that these cells do not increase in number after puberty - but they can grow or shrink in size depending on the diet and lifestyle of the person. So though excess fat can be expelled forever without the prospect of being replaced on the level of cellular count, the remaining fat cells can still grow if proper diet and exercise is not maintained. Moreover, the health benefits of proper nutrition and exercise extend far beyond aesthetic gains.

Because the speed of healing varies from person to person, the time frame when you can resume more intense physical activity such as regular workouts is within the range of 4-6 weeks. But with this said, it’s still important to remain sensitive to your body’s needs during this time and discontinue activities that cause discomfort or pain.
Absolutely! Though the procedure may look intimidating and invasive, tummy tucks do not go beneath the muscular level, meaning reproductive organs are completely unaffected. However, it is important to first make sure that you have fully healed from the procedure before having a baby.
Patients are often instructed to wear a compression garment or abdominal binder for about 6 weeks after the operation. This will help to support the abdomen and avoid fluid buildup during the healing process.
Most patients are intimidated by the tummy tuck procedure due to its level of invasiveness and because of the scars it can leave. Of course, there are non-surgical options such as ThermiTight, CoolSculpting, and EMSCULPT. These procedures address loose skin, small pockets of excess fat, and weakened muscles respectively. In a way, you’d have to have all three to come close to replicating a tummy tuck- which addresses all these in one sweep. Moreover, results for these kinds of treatment are more gradual. Getting all three treatments can be time-consuming and costly - but the plus sides are zero incisions, no scarring, and no downtime.
A mini tummy tuck is also known as a partial tummy tuck because it only involves only one incision instead of two. Particularly, this is the first incision of the full tummy tuck which is made in the area between the belly button and the pubic hairline. After which, loose skin and excess fat is removed and the weakened muscles are repaired. The mini tummy tuck stops right here and this incision is closed. But the full tummy tuck proceeds with another incision along the navel and the process is repeated. Because of this, mini tummy tucks are ideal for those who only suffer from excess skin and fat in the lower region of the abdomen.
Like any surgical procedure, the tummy tuck will leave a scar along the incision line. Depending on incision aftercare and your skin’s own healing capacity, you may have a light flat scar or a slightly raised scar which is also called a hypertrophic scar. Scarring differs from person to person and this should be a consideration for anyone who develops keloids easily. Keloids are often mistaken for hypertrophic scars - the latter being a common scar that anyone can develop with deep wounds. Keloids, on the other hand, are actually distinctly more raised, red, and itchy - with an area that’s irregular in shape and extends far beyond the original wound.

Neck Lift

Also known as platysmaplasty, a neck lift is an outpatient procedure wherein small incisions are made behind each ear. Depending on the patient’s needs, a third incision may be made underneath the chin. From these incisions, the plastic surgeon skillfully lifts the muscles of the neck and removes excess fat and skin. The incisions are then closed and a pressure dressing is applied around the head and beneath the chin.
During your neck lift consultation, we will ask you regarding your overall health. The capacity to heal is very important for a successful plastic surgery procedure and this capacity can be compromised by habits such as smoking or by conditions such as diabetes. Moreover, you will be asked regarding your expectations and given further information about the procedure itself.
Because the capacity to heal is very important in having a successful facelift procedure, you will be asked regarding your overall health during a facelift consultation. We need to make sure that you won’t be impeded by certain habits like smoking or bodily conditions like diabetes that compromise the body’s ability to heal. Because of the locations of the incisions for a facelift, we would need to have further discussions if you are prone to keloid formation. We would also discuss expectations and further information about the procedure itself.
The incisions made in a full tummy tuck are one of the largest in the realm of plastic surgery. As such, we have to make sure that your body will be able to heal properly within the expected time frame. During the consultation, we will ask you about your overall health. We will ask if you have habits like smoking or conditions like diabetes that can impede the body from healing quickly. Your expectations will also be a part of the discussion and we will discuss further if the procedure can meet those expectations - along with other useful information that you’ll need.
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