When we announced our brand new Grammy makeover procedure last month, there was so much we wanted to share (but there are far too many possibilities and we didn’t want to flood you with everything all at once)! As a single, combination procedure made up of face, hand, arm, body and breast procedures, this “a-la-carte” type of tailored surgical plan helps restore a pre-child/grandchild body – so we thought we’d highlight each key part that makes a Grammy makeover so appealing to mature, female patients. Since the face is often the first thing people notice about another person, let’s start with the surgical and nonsurgical features that can be included in your Grammy makeover facial plastic surgery plan.
When we consider facial plastic surgery, there are two ways that I can approach treatment. As a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years specializing in facial procedures, I like to start by mapping out your surgical goals. Are your eyelids hooded? Has your chin accumulated pockets of fat creating a double chin? Are the deep wrinkles of the forehead bothering you? A facelift is often the first facial procedure that comes to mind when I talk to facial rejuvenation candidates. A full facelift tightens loose facial skin and smoothes wrinkles mainly around the cheeks, neck and jowls (think lower half of the face) but sometimes that’s not necessarily enough, or for others needed at all, to achieve a younger look. There are several facial procedures that focus on specific portions of the face to help provide overall rejuvenation. The main facial plastic surgery procedures included in the Grammy makeover, beyond facelifts, are browlift, necklift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – we’ll get more into the nonsurgical highlights a bit later:
Now, to cover the other part that makes up the facial side of Grammy makeovers. Cosmetic injectables are always topping the most popular nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedure list. They can do everything from temporarily relax facial muscles of the forehead (like Botox® or Dysport®), plump up the lips (Restylane® Silk) and even add volume to hollowed cheeks (with Juvéderm® as an example). Now, we have added Kybella™ for fat reduction of the chin to our menu of cosmetic injectables. Kybella™ is the newest, and only FDA-approved, treatment for the “double chin” that can add unwanted weight and age to a person’s face. This cosmetic injectable uses the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, which is already naturally found in the body. Once Kybella™ is injected in the fat below the chin, it breaks down and destroys the fat accumulating cells so they are no longer able to store fat. Several treatments may be needed to get a younger-looking profile of the chin or they can be used post-facial rejuvenation surgery as a type of “touch-up.”
Facial plastic surgery results can last a very long time as long as you do your part to maintain (like wearing your SPF, avoiding smoking and making sure you’re eating and exercising right). In order to do this, many Grammy makeover patients tailor a post-makeover maintenance plan to incorporate nonsurgical treatments like cosmetic injectables and laser skincare procedures to help them keep their face looking young. We’re all going to continue aging and a lot of patients like to keep a consistent routine to push back the need for more surgery until a later time. Just depends on your overall goals!
Next time on our Grammy makeover series we will talk about the arm and hand components, so be sure to check back regularly. If you’re interested in learning more about Grammy makeovers, mommy makeovers, or any of the other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures we offer, we encourage you to contact Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) at 770-622-9100 with any questions you may have. Stay connected with the SPS and me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more.