Welcome to another installment in my recurring “Ask Dr. Whiteman” blog series. This is where I take some time to answer some questions that I have received from patients during actual plastic surgery consultation appointments to better educate my readers. This month, I am happy to present questions pertaining to some of the most in-demand cosmetic surgery procedures I perform including eyelid surgery, neck lift surgery, and the lower body lift.
Question #1: What are the most common complications associated with eyelid surgery?
All cosmetic surgery procedures come with some risk of potential complications and eyelid surgery is no different. However, these complications are very rare and the overwhelming majority of eyelid surgery patients are very satisfied with their surgical experience and results. More common potential complications include scarring, eye dryness, and the possibility of an infection in the area. However it is important to note that these are typically temporary except for scarring. In most cases, the scarring is very well hidden in the creases of the eyelid. The best way to reduce your risk of possible complications after surgery is to have your procedure performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
Question #2: How young is too young to undergo neck lift surgery?
There is no minimum age to undergo a neck lift procedure as long as the patient is an adult in good physical and mental health and truly qualifies for the procedure. However, it is very rare for patients in their 20s to require a neck lift. In many cases, excess fat in the neck area that most of us refer to as a “double chin” can be removed via liposuction.
Question #3: Should I undergo a lower body lift or a thigh lift?
This answer depends on each patient’s specific aesthetic needs. Undergoing a lower body lift, a common type of post-bariatric surgery, can be an excellent way for people who have lost a considerable amount of weight to put the finishing touches on their new physique by removing loose, excess skin and tissue. However, this procedure may not be able to help patients who wish to improve the contour of their inner thigh area. In some cases, combining the lower body lift with a thigh lift can be the most beneficial approach.
For patients currently pursuing a cosmetic surgery procedure, there can be a lot to know. That’s why I’m always happy to take the time to answer questions like this, whether through these blog posts or in-person during cosmetic surgery consultation appointments with my patients. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. Don’t forget that you can follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even additional plastic surgery news, tips, photos, and more.