What Exactly Is a Rapid Recovery Lift?

The facelift has been around for a while; in fact, the first facelift was reportedly performed by Eugen Hӧllander in 1901 and paved the way to numerous advancements in facial plastic surgery ever since. There is always a demand for improvement within the plastic surgery field. I’ve noticed that more patients in the 30-40 age range are seeking surgical procedures to help them combat common signs of facial aging like wrinkles, lax skin and unwanted accumulated fat. There tends to be a slight misconception that facelifts are primarily for seasoned patients who are experiencing extensive aging, but that’s not entirely the case when exploring a rapid lift. So what exactly is a rapid recovery lift and who can benefit from this procedure?

As a double-board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon I myself am consistently researching and implementing the most advanced techniques to improve the results for my patients. Some people don’t necessarily want to explore surgical routes and often turn to nonsurgical facial treatments like Botox® and facial fillers for temporary relief of their aging concerns. For others looking for more long-lasting/preventative results, they may want to consider a rapid lift, or a mini facelift, based on key target areas it corrects and the recovery time that comes with it.

Let’s take a look at when you may want to consider a rapid recovery lift/mini facelift:

  • If you’re concerned that you look older than you feel on the inside
  • If you’re bothered by the appearance of sagging/excess skin on your face
  • If you have fat that’s accumulated under the chin and jaw
  • If you experience noticeably deep wrinkling around the mouth

 

One of the main reasons we call the mini facelift a rapid recovery lift is thanks to the shorter recovery time a patient needs to restore their youthful appearance. Sometimes referred to by patients as a “weekend procedure,” mini facelifts can be performed in office, under local anesthesia, depending on the extent of your facial aging. When performing a mini facelift small incisions along the hairline and ear so that they can hide nicely within the natural creases of the face. I focus on the lower third of the face (the neck, jowls, or mid-cheek/face) by removing loose skin, removing fat pockets, and lifting the skin back to a higher position on the face. Recovering from a rapid recovery lift is significantly less than the time needed to recover – generally patients can be back on the go after a few days to a week of their procedure.

The main objective for your mini facelift results is to regain that younger look you once had and feel confident with the reflection you see in the mirror. I’m not trying to make you look as if your face was a piece of rubber that was stretched beyond recognition. My goal is to produce results that are so subtle even your friends won’t be able to figure out what you changed about your look but at least you’ll be able to recognize your new, improved changes. Don’t let age make you think there’s a right or wrong time to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery because it’s all-inclusive.

To learn more about Southern Plastic Surgery and the various facial plastic surgery procedures I perform, don’t hesitate to contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation. Stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, and the rest of the SPS team on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ for more skincare tips and plastic surgery updates.

Grammy Makeover Series: The Face

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:

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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.

Introducing the Grammy Makeover Series

Some of you may be familiar with the popular mommy makeover procedure.  Best known as a combination of breast and body contouring procedures (performed in one comprehensive surgery), mommy makeovers address common physical changes mothers can experience after pregnancy and childbirth to restore a pre-baby body.  Now, we’d like to introduce to you the Grammy makeover – the newest combo procedure helping grandmothers and mature women everywhere get their pre-child/grandchild body back!You can think of a Grammy makeover as a supercharged mommy makeover – offering a wide variety of face, hand, arm, breast and body contouring procedures to combine into one procedure.  After we determine your cosmetic goals, we’ll take a look at the procedures that will help you achieve your ultimate plastic surgery results.  For part one of my Grammy makeover series, I would like to start by covering some of the options that Grammy makeover patients have.

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Grammy makeovers can address a multitude of concerns.  From creating a well-rested look by eliminating fat pockets and excess tissue with eyelid surgery to saying goodbye to sagging skin and wrinkles with a neck lift or facelift, Grammy makeovers can start with breathing new life into the face.  To compliment your overall look, cosmetic injectables like Botox® or facial fillers like Juvéderm® may be a non-surgical addition to your Grammy makeover.  As we head to the breasts, we will evaluate their look, in relation to your body frame (are they sagging, too big, too small or all the above?) and determine which breast enhancement procedure will give you bigger (or smaller), perkier breasts – depending on your preference.  If “bat wings” keep you hiding your arms, you may consider an arm lift to remove the extra skin and create a more toned appearance.  To create a sculpted midsection, free of a stomach pooch or weakened abdominal muscles, tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) using the scarpa fascia technique may be what you need.  Finally, let’s not forget about the hands; what better way to complete your Grammy makeover than with hand rejuvenation using Radiesse®?  What’s unique about the Grammy makeover is that it’s 100% customizable; for you and only you.  There isn’t a pre-determined package to limit the type of results you want; the combination possibilities with a Grammy makeover are endless!

As your double board-certified surgeon, I want to help restore the face and body to its once youthful look.  Natural-looking plastic surgery results that highlight each patient’s beautiful existing features are important, so creating a surgical plan that best suits them uniquely is vital.  As an added bonus just as with mommy makeovers, Grammy makeovers have low overall complication rates (this is largely in part to working with an experienced, board-certified surgeon because not all doctors have the same expertise and skillset).  Grammy makeovers also offer the same benefit as mommy makeovers in regards to what patients save – time and money.  By combining procedures into one, patients reduce their overall recovery time (imagine having 3-5 separate surgeries spanned over several months, or years, versus once) as well as extra costs associated with surgical fees that can certainly add up with each individual procedure.

Plastic surgery doesn’t have to be a hard-reaching goal; you just need to know your options!  If you’ve been considering a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure or would like to learn more about the Grammy makeover, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS).  Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks as we discuss more details on the Grammy makeover.  Be sure to also follow SPS on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest updates.