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Plastic Surgery For the Face

What you should know when considering facial cosmetic surgery

Written by Healthy Magazine

Have you had it with people asking you if you are tired when you're not? Do you look older than you feel? If it's time for you to consider having some "work done" then you should be aware that today there is a wide variety of procedures available for the face and body.

There are many different kinds of facelifts available in your cosmetic surgeon's office today, and it is very important that you understand what is involved with each procedure. Also, of utmost importance is that you trust your cosmetic surgeon implicitly. Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon should be a priority.

You and your plastic surgeon will sit down together during a consultation, and he/she will explain the procedures to you and will explain what complications may arise. Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain what recovery will be like, and he will provide you with a list of dos and don'ts following your surgery.

Making a commitment to have plastic surgery is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. Without question, the happiest patients are the best informed patients. Doing your homework regarding plastic surgery and a plastic surgeon is crucial. Your first step is to find a reputable doctor. Personal recommendations are best but not always available. Researching your physician's background and credentials is imperative. Set up a no cost, no obligation consultation, and expect frequent and attentive aftercare.

The are several different face lift procedures available today including the following:

The Basic Minilift:

This is surgical procedure performed in an operating room that takes about an hour under local anesthesia. This facelift mainly addresses the jowl and chin areas.

The Minilift Ultra:

This type of minilift is a complete minilift performed under general anesthesia with the patient safely and comfortably asleep and completely monitored. The minilift ultra is a more encompassing surgery with longer lasting results. The anesthesiologist is also a board certified physician.

The Extended Minilift:

This is an excellent surgery for the right patient. It involves extensive upper neck and face surgery performed under general anesthesia, and it takes approximately two and a half hours to perform.

The Complete Facelift:

This is an option for those patients desiring extensive neck correction. It is performed under general anesthesia and takes about three and a half hours.

Other procedures that can be done at the same time as your face lift include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), eye brow lift, chin augmentation, nose surgery (rhinoplasty) and chemical peels.

Cosmetic surgery for the body includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Breast enhancement
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast lift
  • Male breast reduction
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Body liposuction
  • Abdominoplasty

The cosmetic surgery procedure you choose should fit your lifestyle.

The decision to enhance your appearance should be taken seriously with time spent researching your choices of procedures and doctors. A body or face enhancement or transformation will not only improve your appearance, it will boost your self-confidence, which, in turn, may boost your interpersonal relationships. Keep in mind that youth and vigor are always in style.

The Facelift Guide

If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a facelift may be right for you. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the midface
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases between the nose and mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fat under the chin/jaw

A facelift is designed to correct all of these aging features, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance with uplifted contours and improved tone in facial skin and underlying muscle.

Procedural steps: Typical incisions begin within the hairline, above the temple and continue along or just inside the ear, ending behind the ear. This allows access to tighten underlying tissue, remove excess fat and reduce sagging skin.

A second incision under the chin is sometimes necessary. If skin tone is good and only mid-face aging or excess fat in the neck will be corrected, abbreviated techniques with shorter incisions may be used. Liposuction techniques may assist with removal of fat deposits.

Your results: Swelling and bruising should subside within 2-4 weeks. Final results may be apparent in 1-2 months. Incision lines will continue to refine and fade for 1 year.


  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Tear trough: Deep creases below the lower eyelids.
  • Nasolabial fold: Deep creases between the nose and cheek
  • Jowls: A jaw line that sags into the neck, usually caused by loss of muscle tone in the lower face.
  • Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
  • Rhytidectomy: A surgical procedure also known as facelift, to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck.

Questions to ask my plastic surgeon

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation

  1. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  2. Were you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?
  3. How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  4. Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?
  5. If so, at which hospitals?
  6. Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  7. Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  8. What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  9. Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  10. What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  11. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  12. What are the risks and complications associated with a facelift?
  13. How are complications handled?
  14. How can I expect my face to look over time?
  15. What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my facelift?
  16. Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me

The consultation

The success and safety of your facelift depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries

Your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Discuss the options available to you for facelift and facial rejuvenation
  • Examine and measure your face
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of a facelift and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used
Article Reviewed: November 1, 2013
Copyright © 2015 Healthy Magazine

Written by: Healthy Magazine Staff

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