Eyelid or Mid-Face Lift? Maybe Both
Aging is no field day.
Sure, there are the wisdom and knowledge that come with getting older. If only they could come without the sagging and stretching skin around the eyes and cheeks though.
Fortunately, an eyelid or mid-face lift can combat this issue with great success. Your plastic surgeon may even recommend both!
The Eyelid Lift
As we age, our eyelids stretch and excess fat can gather above and below them. The muscles that support them can also weaken. All of this leads to sagging skin. Fat bags may develop as well, most commonly in the lower eyelids.
That sagging skin around the eyes isn’t just unsightly; it can actually affect your sight. Your peripheral vision can be impacted by sagging skin – especially in the upper and outer parts of your field of vision.
Eyelid lift surgery, known as blepharoplasty in doctor speak, aims to reduce or eliminate this vision problem. It will also give your eyes a more youthful and alert appearance. So it’s a double win.
What Happens During an Eyelid Lift?
Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure.
First, the eyelids are numbed via an injection into the eyelids. There may also be intravenous medication to assist with relaxation, or the procedure can be done under general anesthesia – oftentimes in conjunction with facelifts, neck lifts, and endoscopic brow lifts.
In cases where the surgery is performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, the upper lids are addressed first. The surgeon cuts along the fold of the eyelid, removes any excess skin, fat, or muscle, then closes the incision. For the lower lid, the incision is just below the lashes either inside the lower or lid, or along the eye’s natural crease. Excess fat, muscle, or skin is removed or redistributed accordingly and the incision is closed.
If additional support to the eyebrow is required – such as when the upper eyelid droops close to the pupil – the surgeon will add a procedure known as a brow lift to provide that support.
Some patients will choose to combine an eyelid lift with another procedure, such as a mid-face lift.
What Is a Mid-Face Lift?
Most of us are familiar with the term “face lift.” It’s an amazingly effective procedure that targets the jawline, jowls, and deep nasolabial folds to give it a more youthful appearance.
A mid-face lift, also known as a cheek lift, focuses more on the cheeks and surrounding areas. This procedure is most commonly performed with an endoscope through incisions in the temporal hair and inside of the mouth. It smooths out sagging skin by tightening the muscles behind the skin. This helps to lessen laugh lines, accentuate cheekbones, and make the eyes brighter.
This is why it works so well in combination with an eyelid lift.
The Mid-Face Lift Procedure
A mid-face or cheek lift procedure generally takes two or more hours to complete and is done under general anesthesia.
The surgeon starts by making two small incisions by the hairline so they will be well-concealed and barely visible. Using an endoscope, he or she then tightens the muscles and repositions fat pads under the skin and the eyes to give everything a smoother and brighter appearance.
The recovery from the procedure takes around 2-4 weeks and patients can return to regular activity after just four weeks.
Look Younger With An Eyelid or Mid-Face Lift
Not only will you look younger, but you may even improve your vision! So if you’re considering an eyelid or mid-face lift (or both) don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons will sit down with you during your free consultation and guide you on next steps toward a happier you.
Getting Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back
Ah, the miracle of life.
What’s even more miraculous though is that a woman’s body can survive the particular assault that is pregnancy. If you have children, you understand.
And if you’re feeling less confident about your appearance these days, you may be wondering if there are ways of getting your pre-pregnancy body back. You’re in luck. There are!
Getting Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back With Diet and Exercise?
Many women immediately go-to diet and exercise in an attempt to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies. And these are helpful ways to enrich the mind and the body.
Yet, while nobody should be discouraged from living a healthier lifestyle, for most women, diet and exercise alone simply aren’t enough to remedy the ravages of pregnancy and nursing.
That’s because diet and exercise can’t eliminate the excess skin and loss of volume in the breasts that come post-pregnancy and particularly post-nursing. They also can’t address the stretch marks that are the result of skin being overstretched very quickly and unable to snap back.
Furthermore, no matter how many crunches you do, they can’t repair diastasis recti – that pregnancy-like pouch in the belly that refuses to disappear even after the baby has made its exit. Even premature facial aging can occur postpartum. And there’s no diet for that.
Fortunately, there IS plastic surgery. And there are a number of procedures (collectively known as a “Mommy Makeover”) that a board-certified plastic surgeon can perform to help you instill that pre-pregnancy confidence.
For some women, their only post-pregnancy complaint is the ability to lose fat in troublesome spots such as in the stomach, waist, hips, and thighs. In this case, the surgeon will recommend liposuction.
With liposuction, small incisions are made in the treatment area and then a thin hollow tube, called a cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat cells. A surgical vacuum is then used to suction the fat out of those areas to create a slimmer body contour.
- Breast Lift/Augmentation
It’s rare that a woman will need only liposuction after pregnancy. Especially if there are multiple children. The demands placed upon the breasts during pregnancy and nursing are intense. As such, the breasts are prone to sagging.
In order to restore the breasts to their original and more youthful pre-pregnancy position, a plastic surgeon might recommend a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast lift with either silicone or saline implants.
There are three types of breast lift procedures:
The first utilizes a periareolar incision and is typically best for someone who has large areolas and minimal sagging or drooping that need correction. A vertical breast reduction does the same as the periareolar incision, but it also extends down from the areola to deliver a more significant lift for moderate drooping. Finally, the inverted t-shape incision adds an additional incision within the breast fold for increased lift where necessary.
In cases where the breasts become too large after pregnancy and are no longer proportionate to the body, the surgeon would likely recommend a breast reduction.
- Tummy Tuck
As if the stretch marks along the belly aren’t enough of a tell-tale sign of a previous pregnancy, there is the above-mentioned belly pouch that is a result of diastasis recti.
Tummy tuck to the rescue. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin around the abdomen and reconstructs the abdominal wall musculature.
The result is a flatter belly and minimal stretch marks.
- Facial Rejuvenation
The stress of pregnancy, as well as raising young children, can easily show up in the form of premature aging in the face. So even though facial rejuvenation isn’t a standard part of the Mommy Makeover, your surgeon may recommend a facelift or Botox injections to build upon the youthful appearance gained by the other procedures.
Postpartum Body Confidence Is a Reality
Getting your pre-pregnancy body back isn’t just a pipe dream.
So if you’re feeling less than satisfied with your post-pregnancy body, contact us today for a free consultation about how a Mommy Makeover could work for you.
Once the procedures are completed, you’ll walk away with restored confidence and ready to face the challenges of motherhood with vigor.
Why Personalized Care and Procedures Matter
It’s been said time again that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So when you have a specific aesthetic you’re trying to achieve, why settle for standard-issue procedures from your plastic surgeon?
When you’re considering plastic surgery, personalized care and procedures matter more than you think. So when it’s time to choose your board-certified plastic surgeon, you want one who is going to give you the individualized attention you deserve.
There Is No Such Thing As One-Size-Fits-All
While symmetry and balance are desirable attributes, there are so many other variables and factors that come into play when surgeons plan procedures. Each patient is unique and any surgeon who doesn’t take the time to offer personalized care and procedures is not worth your time (or money).
A truly skilled plastic surgeon is one who customizes each procedure to meet the individual needs of the patient. Before even considering a surgical procedure, he or she will do the following:
- Look At the Body As a Whole
It’s not unusual for women to seek out plastic surgery for breast augmentation. And in many cases, women want larger and fuller breasts. That’s totally understandable.
However, if the patient in question is thin and has a small frame, she’s not going to fare well with the same sized implants that a taller woman with a medium frame would. (Even if she thinks she will.) She’s going to need implants that make sense for her size.
In the same vein, when a patient comes to the surgeon with an idea of what’s going to be the “perfect nose,” the surgeon must consider the entire structure of the face and its existing features when planning a rhinoplasty procedure.
- Discuss Appearance Goals
Similar to the need to regard the patient’s body as a whole, it’s important that the surgeon discuss what the patient sees as his or her ideal and offer best methods.
For instance, sometimes during a consultation, a patient will insist that he or she needs a tummy tuck to take off that extra belly weight. And that may be exactly what he or she needs. However, if the same level of satisfaction can be achieved through an easier procedure like liposuction, a surgeon who practices personalized care would recommend this.
- Take Lifestyle Into Consideration
For plastic surgeons, the patient’s lifestyle choices are important factors to consider when personalizing a procedure and care plan.
There are occasions where a patient wants to achieve a specific look that involves a series of different surgeries. This can take a lot of time. If this patient has a large family or a job that demands a lot of his or her time, the surgeries would likely need to be spread out over a longer amount of time or even put on hold.
Meanwhile, patients who have a poor diet and/or are fairly sedentary should expect to experience longer healing times. And for patients who smoke, they will be asked to quit before partaking in any surgical procedure.
Personalized Care and Procedures Matter
It’s clear that in order to get the best results from plastic surgery, personalized care and procedures matter. So contact us today for a free consultation.
Through comprehensive communication about your body type, goals/expectations and lifestyle, our board-certified surgeons will create an individualized treatment plan designed specifically for you.
The Board-Certified and Fully-Accredited Difference
Not anyone can call themselves a plastic surgeon. For that we can grateful!
The road to becoming a plastic surgeon is long and requires great dedication and commitment. Even so, it should be noted that doctors that are board-certified and work in a fully-accredited surgery center are definitely a cut above the rest.
So when you’re planning on plastic surgery, insist on the board-certified and fully-accredited difference.
The Board-Certified and Fully-Accredited Difference
Once you begin your search for the ideal plastic surgeon, you can immediately rule out anyone who is not board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
This title from the ABPS indicates that your potential surgeon has completed a rigorous board certification process that goes above and beyond the minimum required training and education. Plus, the certification is through the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
If you’re able to find a surgeon who’s also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) or the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), that’s even better. Although neither of these is a certifying organization, maintaining membership in them dictates that surgeons must follow a strict set of training and patient safety standards.
Insisting on either (or both) of these additional credentials demonstrates that you’ve found a highly-trained and skilled surgeon who’s more than qualified to perform your procedure.
Board-Certification Is the Necessary First Step
Finding the right board-certified surgeon is a huge relief. But you’ll still want to check out the facility where he or she practices.
Chances are solid that if the surgeon meets all of the above standards, he or she probably works out of a facility that meets the highest standards of safety, quality, and patient care. You can’t be too diligent though.
You’ll know the facility in question is accredited as long as it has at least one of the following certifications:
- State licensure
- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
- American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAASF)
- Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
- Title XVIII Medicare participation
So be sure to take the time to ensure your procedure will ONLY be performed in an accredited and accommodating facility.
The Added Importance of AAAHC Accreditation
Obviously, an accredited facility with more than one of the above certifications is desirable. Of these certification programs, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) stands out.
The AAAHC accredits a wide array of outpatient settings including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, medical and dental group practices, and more.
They advocate high-quality healthcare through both the development and implementation of nationally-recognized standards. And with over 6,000 accredited organizations, the AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation.
Accreditation through AAAHC demonstrates an organization’s commitment to providing high-quality and safe services to its patients.
You’ll Feel Safe In Our Care
Hopefully, you now understand the board-certified and fully-accredited difference and how it will clearly benefit you.
You can feel confident in knowing that the doctors in our fully-accredited facility are board-certified and will put your safety and care first. Always.
So contact us today to set up your free consultation. And search no longer.
Methods for Getting Rid of Excess Skin
Carrying around the extra weight of excess skin can be a lot to bear – both figuratively and literally.
In cases where excess skin is the result of desired weight loss or a pregnancy, it is most certainly an unwanted side effect. And it can put the kibosh on an otherwise joyous occasion.
Then as if the sheer assault on self-esteem weren’t enough, extra skin can cause discomfort in the form of chafing, irritation, and rashes. Fortunately, there are methods for getting rid of excess skin.
What Causes Excess Skin?
The most common cause of excess skin is extreme weight loss – though it’s not the sole culprit.
Our skin is designed to expand and contract. Collagen, which provides firmness and strength, accounts for 80% of the skin’s structure. Meanwhile, elastin is there to help the skin stay tight and “bounce back” from stretching.
The problem is, when the skin is required to expand for prolonged amounts of time, the collagen and elastin fibers are overextended and become damaged. This is the case for people who have been overweight for years or even decades.
While pregnancy can also cause excess skin, in most cases, the skin typically retracts within several months postpartum – as the length of time the skin is stretched in only nine months. Multiple pregnancies, however, can also challenge the ability of collagen and elastin to do their work.
The general rule of thumb is that the longer one has carried extra weight, and the more extreme it is (100 pounds or more), the stronger the likelihood that there will be excess skin after losing it.
What Other Factors Affect Skin Elasticity?
Extreme weight loss alone can be enough to create excess skin. But there are other factors that can work in tandem with weight loss that will also negatively affect the skin’s elasticity.
Obviously, older skin with less collagen and elastin production will not bounce back like younger skin does. The amount of sun exposure the skin has experienced will also affect this. Even smoking reduces the skin’s ability to produce collagen and elastin.
Then, of course, there’s always good old genetics. Some of us are just more blessed with resilient skin than others.
So then what’s a person who’s troubled by excess skin to do?
Methods for Getting Rid of Excess Skin
There are myriad ways to manage excess skin – though depending on the above factors, some ways are far more effective than others.
Many people will start with an exercise program to combat excess skin. And in most cases, exercise is a positive activity that we’re certainly not going to discourage!
Yes, building muscle mass through weight training can help to decrease the appearance of excess skin by replacing muscle mass with lost fat. But once again, if extra skin is the result of massive weight loss, there’s no amount of exercise that will completely eliminate it.
Firming Creams and Cosmetic Procedures
Similar to exercise, firming creams and cosmetic procedures could be helpful for those who aren’t struggling with a lot of excess skin or if the skin is mostly just loose around the eyes and mouth.
Firming creams with retinoids and hyaluronic acid are the most effective – especially for older skin. And cosmetic procedures including chemical peels, ablative laser resurfacing, and botox injections could help to tighten and smooth the skin.
Yet similar to exercise, firming creams and cosmetic procedures alone are not going to be enough to get rid of excess skin from major weight loss.
Body Contouring Surgery
The only true way to get rid of excess skin after major weight loss is through plastic surgery. This usually consists of a range of body contouring procedures performed by a plastic surgeon and designed to address excess skin folds on the arms, legs, torso and/or buttocks.
The initial step during these procedures is to remove skin. From there, the surgeon will also tighten and lift the targeted areas to improve contour. This delivers a more natural and pleasing shape. And these surgeries are long-lasting, provided that the patient’s weight remains stable.
As such, body contouring surgery to get rid of excess skin is typically scheduled once weight has stabilized for a least a few months after massive weight loss. And after the procedure, patients need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure success.
Are You Troubled By Excess Skin?
Whether you’re dealing with sagging skin around the face, or hanging skin after major weight loss, we can help you with the best methods for getting rid of excess skin.
Contact us today for a free consultation. One of our board-certified plastic surgeons will assess your overall physical health before discussing with you which procedures will be most effective.
Then get back on the road toward a more confident and comfortable you!
What Are the Latest Advances in Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery, like everything else in life, is constantly evolving. Yet, there are those who avoid plastic surgery based on antiquated notions of what it is.
So if you’re interested in a procedure for yourself but are wondering about the latest advances in plastic surgery, we’ll take a look at how the face of the industry is changing. (No pun intended.)
Drainless Tummy Tuck
Once upon a time, getting a tummy tuck meant you were going to have to deal with the inconvenience of two or even three drains and their wires coming off your body post surgery. Yeah. Pretty draconian stuff.
Plus, there was always the possibility of bacteria entering through the portal entries of these drains and wires. Not anymore.
With the development of progressive tension sutures, surgeons now advance the skin flaps down toward the incision line so there’s no longer a fluid-gathering space that requires drains. Furthermore, the sutures create a much more aesthetic scar too.
When an ophthalmologist in the 1990s discovered that treating people with a tight eyelid condition with Botox injections also smoothed wrinkles, Allergan Pharmaceuticals bought the medication and effectively entered the aesthetics game.
Over the course of the next several decades, they grew into a company that now makes treatments including “medical aesthetics”.
Today, Allergan breast implants are among the most popular for their round implants that deliver a fuller look. They also make tissue expanders to be used in reconstructive breast surgery.
In the past, resurfacing the skin involved CO2 lasers and intense heat that could cause pigmented lesions and scarring to those with pigment-elevated skin types. As such, those with darker pigmentation found it difficult to get effective treatment for conditions such as wrinkles, dyschromia, hyper-pigmentation, and pigmented lesions.
But Sciton lasers use halo technology for laser resurfacing. An ablative laser targets very small pathways in the skin while leaving the area around it untouched. Meanwhile, a non-ablative laser drills little thermal holes into the skin. Recognizing these as injuries, the skin is triggered into elastin and collagen production.
Halo not only smooths out wrinkles, but it’s key in the prevention of future wrinkles. And since it doesn’t generate the same level of heat, it is effective on darker skin types.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get an intense workout while relaxing? It might sound too good to be true, but one of the greatest technological advances in the field of aesthetics is Emsculpt.
You simply relax back onto a table while a small device is strapped over the area you’re targeting. Meanwhile, you’re given guidance on ways to breathe and relax through the session.
As power from the device slowly increases, your muscles begin to contract, creating an intense vibration. After a few contractions, the machine switches over to a tapping action. This helps to break down the lactic acid your muscles produced during the contractions.
At the end of 30 minutes, you’re done. You’ll probably feel it the next day in the same way you would an intense workout. Within two to six weeks after the last session, you’ll see a difference.
We all know by now how well narcotics help patients manage pain. But they also have side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, constipation and nausea. Then there’s also the serious risk of addiction – as is evidenced by the current opioid epidemic.
Thus, responsible plastic surgeons have turned to Exparel as a long-lasting extended release anesthetic to ease the pain during early recovery.
It’s similar to getting a shot at the dentist to numb the pain. Exparel is administered at the end of the surgery before the patient is awakened. It’s either done prior to closure by the surgeon by direct injection into the nerves behind the muscle, or by the anesthesiologist by way of TAP lock after closure. It simply blocks the nerves of the area during the procedure to create numbness.
And it continues to provide pain control for up to three days. No, it doesn’t eliminate the pain during recovery, but it reduces the need for narcotics by about 2/3.
So Many Advances in Plastic Surgery
Of course, the above advances in plastic surgery are just the tip of the iceberg. Plastic surgeons continue to be educated in new procedures such as power assisted liposuction and surgical procedures that incorporate no-touch techniques.
So if you’re feeling more confident about getting a desired procedure, contact us today. There’s no commitment. You’ll just start with a free consultation to help ease you into the idea.
Then from there, the choice is yours.
How Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Differ
What do you think of when you hear the words “cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery”?
Chances are, you think that cosmetic is for those who want to get rid of wrinkles or enhance a body part, while reconstructive is more needful.
That’s not entirely incorrect. However, there are plenty of occasions where elective cosmetic surgery can be as life changing as reconstructive.
We’ll break them down here.
Yes. As the name implies, the aim of cosmetic surgery is to enhance one’s appearance by reshaping different parts of the anatomy to make them more visually appealing.
Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed on all areas of the body, head, and neck. It treats areas that already function properly. Even so, there are many cosmetic surgeries that also improve function. For example, a rhinoplasty procedure (nose job) can help to improve breathing while also enhancing the appearance of the nose.
A vast array of procedures fall under the cosmetic surgery umbrella. Breast augmentation, reduction, and lift all fall into this category. So do procedures that aim to contour or rejuvenate the face, including rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid lift, neck lift, and brow lift. A tummy tuck, liposuction, and gynecomastia repair, as well as skin rejuvenation procedures such as laser resurfacing, botox, and filler treatments are all considered cosmetic procedures.
Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery differ in that the latter is considered medically necessary.
The objective of reconstructive surgery is to both improve appearance and restore function of the targeted area(s). It aims to correct deformities caused by trauma, disease, or birth defects. Two of the most common types of procedures are breast reconstruction following a lumpectomy or mastectomy, as well as reconstructive surgery after burn injuries.
Other examples include cleft lip and palate repair, extremity defect repair, lower extremity reconstruction, scar revision, and hand surgery.
Is There An Overlap?
Regardless of whether it’s cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, the underlying surgical principles are the same. And ultimately, the goal is to maximize the cosmetic result as much as possible. So there’s really quite a significant overlap between these two surgeries.
The basis of surgical training for plastic surgeons is of the reconstructive variety – though many go on to complete additional training to perform cosmetic surgery. The two are so closely interconnected that in 1999, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons changed its name to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The aim was to communicate the message that there’s virtually no difference between plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
The Board-Certified Difference
A plastic surgeon with the “board-certified” designation indicates an advanced level of training and experience.
Board-certified surgeons are required to complete one of two routes of training. They either partake in an integrated residency training that combines three years of general surgery and three years of plastic surgery or
an independent, five-year residency program in general surgery which is then followed by the three-year plastic surgery residency program.
So it’s in a patient’s best interest to insist on a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Changes Lives
Both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures have the ability to improve one’s health and well-being. So if you feel that you could benefit from either of these, contact us today.
No matter which one might be right for you, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the anticipated result with your surgeon who will ensure that appropriate expectations are met.
Are There Plastic Surgery Health Benefits?
The answer is yes. Despite the common misconception that plastic surgery is only performed for aesthetic purposes, there are definitely plastic surgery health benefits.
These perks tend, more often than not, to go unmentioned. Glossy magazines and reality television highlight the showier aspects of plastic surgery.
Yet, there are functional benefits that go far beyond cosmetic improvement.
Plastic Surgery Health Benefits You Haven’t Considered
There are countless procedures that can improve one’s health and quality of life. For example, a blepharoplasty, or eye lid surgery, not only improves one’s appearance, but can improve vision as well.
And though not surgery, cosmetic wrinkle injections can have the added benefit of treating a condition such as hyperhidrosis – or excessive sweating.
But rather than getting too deep into the weeds, we’re going to instead look at four general ways that plastic surgery can actually benefit your health:
- Better Mental Health
While it’s not necessarily more important to look good than to feel good, they definitely have an impact on one another. Plastic surgery that is seemingly done for purely cosmetic purposes can go along way toward boosting confidence and self-esteem.
This is especially true for patients whose negative body image plagues them enough to physically isolate themselves. Such isolation and poor self-image can lead to depression and the health risks involved with it. So in this way, the simple act of improving or eliminating a cosmetic flaw can be the ultimate act of caring for oneself.
In addition, for women (and even men) who have had a single or double mastectomy, a reconstructive surgery to create breasts can give them a boost after a particularly traumatic operation.
- Relieving Pain
Another benefit of plastic surgery is its ability to alleviate muscle and joint pain. Women who seek out plastic surgeons for breast reduction often do so because they suffer with back and shoulder pain from poor posture and strain.
In fact, any procedure that aims to reduce overall bodyweight will not only increase confidence, but also decrease strain on the body that can cause pain and discomfort. Even non surgical treatments can have little-known medical benefits, such as reducing headaches.
- Lowering Risk of Disease
At this point, it’s widely understood the importance of sleep. Not getting enough of it has shown to increase the risk for getting many different diseases, including Alzheimer’s. So along with relieving pain that can rob one of his or her sleep, a plastic surgery procedure such as a rhinoplasty (a.k.a. nose job) improves breathing and lessens snoring for a better night’s sleep.
Then there’s the issue of obesity.
Obesity-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes not only impact the quality of life, but they can be fatal. In fact, heart disease is at the top of the list for killers in America.
Plastic surgery procedures that include liposuction reduce body mass and lower fat percentages to contribute to healthier organs, including the pancreas. The removal of extra weight enables the heart to pump more effectively and reduces the risk of developing heart disease.
- The Drive to Live a Healthier Life
Finally, undergoing a procedure frequently gives patients the push they need to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Because they’ve invested in surgery to get this new lease on life, they are less likely to return to the old habits that brought them to the surgeon in the first place.
In situations where people feel more confident and self-assured, aren’t struggling with pain, and aren’t carrying extra weight, they’re more inspired to work out, eat well, drink plenty of water, and seek out relationships and activities that nurture them rather than tear them down.
In this regard, plastic surgery is truly empowering.
Is Your Health At Risk?
If you’re carrying a lot of extra weight or are struggling with the mental insecurities about your appearance, you may just want to throw in the towel.
Instead, consider all of the plastic surgery health benefits that could be available to you. Whatever your situation, contact us today for a free consultation to find out if plastic surgery could help.
You may be surprised by how just how close you are to better health!
Is There a Most Difficult Plastic Surgery Procedure?
Though it’s difficult to single out a gold medal winner of “most difficult plastic surgery procedure,” breast augmentation with a mastopexy is definitely a front-runner.
Also known as a breast lift with implants, this dual procedure is essentially the increasing or restoring of breast size and shape with implants (augmentation) combined with a breast lift (mastopexy).
And it’s an involved process.
What Does a Breast Augmentation With a Mastopexy Entail?
We won’t get too deep into the details on this one.
In the simplest of terms, the procedure starts with incisions that are made according to a specific treatment plan. The plastic surgeon then creates a pocket where a saline or silicone implant will be placed either underneath or on top of the pectoral muscle.
The nipple and areola are placed higher on the breast and, if needed, are resized. The surgeon will then reshape the breast tissue to the desired contour and remove any excess skin to create a firmer and more defined appearance.
Once the procedure is complete, incisions are carefully closed with sutures. Sounds pretty straightforward, right?
So Then What Makes it Such a Difficult Plastic Surgery Procedure?
Multiple procedures that set out to achieve two different outcomes are always going to be more complex.
Breast augmentation with a mastopexy is considered one of the more difficult procedures because the surgeon is required to add volume and downward force from the implant, while simultaneously removing skin and elevating the breast upward. This creates multiple competing factors which make the surgery challenging.
Furthermore, maintaining anatomical blood supply to the areola, nipple, and skin during the procedure is critical in avoiding nipple necrosis, skin necrosis, large wounds, implant exposure, or other complications.
This is why it’s essential that only board-certified plastic surgeons with many cases and years of experience perform such a difficult procedure. In some cases, surgeons may opt to do the two surgeries separately – depending on the patient’s needs that are established in the consultation.
What Can You Expect During the Consultation?
To ensure that you’re getting premium medical care for this involved procedure, any skilled plastic surgery worth his or her salt with ask you to fill out a complete medical history.
They will need to know about past and present medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, medications and supplements you take, family history of breast cancer, use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, allergies, and pregnancies. Patients over 40 may also need to provide mammogram results within the past year.
Once you’ve provided your medical history, your board-certified plastic surgeon will sit down with you to discuss your needs and goals – as well as any concerns you might have. Based on all of this information, he or she will be completely frank about your ability to achieve the outcome you desire and assess whether you’re a viable candidate for breast augmentation with mastopexy.
If you find a surgeon unwilling to cover all of these bases, your best bet is to avoid this involved procedure. Because sadly, breast augmentation with a mastopexy is also one of the most highly litigated procedures. So stick with experience.
It definitely matters.
Could You Benefit From a Breast Augmentation with a Mastopexy?
Although considered a difficult plastic surgery procedure, a breast lift with implants has been a godsend for many women.
So if you’re frustrated by breasts that have lost volume and firmness, are different in size or shape, or you have nipples pointing downwards or below the breast crease, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons are highly experienced in performing this procedure and will take the necessary time to assess your situation and offer realistic expectations. Then given that strong foundation, you can decide next steps.
How to Treat Sagging Jowls
Wouldn’t it be great if technology advanced to the point of zero aging and our skin could defy gravity? Then you’d never have to deal with that loose skin below your chin and along your jawline.
Ah, perhaps someday. But for now, if you’re seeking an effective way to treat sagging jowls, technology does not have the cure. (Though it certainly serves as a good assist.)
So then what’s a person to do? Let’s first address why the droop happens in the first place.
What Are Sagging Jowls?
When we’re younger, our skin produces a surplus of collagen and elastin to keep it smooth and supple. Young skin also has the capacity to retain water and stay hydrated.
Then we age. And as we do so, the skin begins to lose elasticity and its ability to retain water. This causes the skin to thin and stretch as gravity continues to do its downward pull. And before you know it, you’re looking in the mirror and noticing jowls where there were previously none.
It can be unsettling. Especially when you manually pull back those jowls to reveal your former more youthful face. (Yeah. We’ve all done it.)
How to Treat Sagging Jowls
Fortunately, you’re not relegated to a future that includes those jowls. There are actually several treatments to get rid of them. It all depends on your specific stage of drooping.
For example, if you have what a plastic surgeon deems as severe jowls, he or she will probably recommend surgical intervention. On the other hand, if you’re exhibiting just the early stage of jowl formation, you may benefit from non-surgical procedures. We’ll take a look at the most common treatments.
Mini or Full Facelift
The mini or full facelift are the preferred methods for those with moderate to excessive sagging. In most cases, patients are in their 50s or older; though depending on genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors, sagging jowls can happen at a younger age as well.
In the case of a full facelift, the patient is put under anesthesia. Incisions are made around the ears (concealed behind the tragus) and then extend into the hairline and behind the ear. Excess skin is removed, lax muscles are tightened, and then the skin is re-draped over the face and neck. This procedure is ideal for someone who has laxity across the face, jawline, and neck.
Meanwhile, a mini facelift is done under local anesthesia and focuses mostly on just the face and jawline. The technique utilizes shorter incisions typically just around the ear (and not extending into the hairline) and less extensive dissection under the skin. A mini facelift requires less recovery time.
Whether your sagging jowls would fare better with a mini or a full facelift is something your plastic surgeon will discuss with you.
Non-surgical treatments for sagging jowls could be enough for those only in the earliest stages of jowl formation or even as a preventative. And among the non-surgical options, dermal fillers are among the most effective.
Injected into the soft tissue of the skin of the cheeks and around the jawline, fillers restore lost volume and can counteract the formation of jowls. Fillers can instantly plump the area of injection and stimulate new collagen growth to promote a youthful appearance more long term.
There is a vast array of dermal filler treatments available for jowls, including hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), poly-L-lactic Acid, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), and autologous fat injections. But all you need to know is that you’ll see noticeable improvement for 1-2 years after the treatments.
As non-surgical options go, lasers are not as utilized in treating sagging jowls as dermal fillers. Even so, if you’re at the very early stages of jowl formation, or you simply want to tighten up the area around the jawline, neck, and cheeks, your doctor may recommend a HALO laser treatment to boost collagen and elastin production, or a BBL SkinTyte to heat and tighten the collagen.
So what is HALO? It’s the first fractionated laser that uses ablative and non-ablative technology simultaneously. To simplify, an ablative laser targets very small pathways in the skin while leaving the area around it untouched. It’s the same concept as aerating a lawn.
While all of that is happening, the non-ablative laser drills little thermal holes into the skin. The skin recognizes these as injuries, which in turn triggers collagen and elastin production. And with more collagen and elastin comes smoother and younger-looking skin.
Say Goodbye to Sagging Jowls
Perhaps someday technology will manage to give us our own fountain of youth. Then again, maybe not.
Whatever the case, you can treat sagging jowls now to restore a more vibrant and youthful appearance. Contact us to consult with one of our highly-skilled plastic surgeons about your best options.
And bid those jowls adieu.