Facelift FAQs

While there is no “fountain of youth” to completely restore our teenage appearance or keep it that way, facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is one of many facial plastic surgery procedures that can help combat the effects of the passage of time and help keep you looking as young as you feel. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 133,000 facelift procedures were performed in 2013. In order to ease any apprehensions you may have, I have broken down the top common questions patients typically ask me before/after undergoing facelift surgery:

atlanta-facelift-surgery-resultsQ: Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?
A: Facelift surgery can be performed on specific areas of the face for patients with moderate to minimal signs of aging such as lax skin, or deep wrinkles and fine lines. Ideally, candidates should be healthy individuals who do not have past or present medical conditions that can impair healing and maintain a positive outlook and realistic expectations about his/her procedure.

Q: What areas of the face can be treated with a facelift?
A: There are multiple factors that can contribute to the aging process including pollutants, sun exposure, and gravity, which all aid in deteriorating the suppleness of our skin. Particularly useful for eliminating excess skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck, facelift surgery can create a younger looking face with a more defined jaw line. Patients who are only concerned with specific isolated areas of the face such as the neck, jowls, or mid-face may opt for a mini-facelift.

Q: How is facelift surgery performed?
A: During a facelift procedure, I remove excess and sagging skin and re-tighten or reposition muscle and tissue to refill areas of lost volume and smooth wrinkles. A full facelift could also include a neck lift which restores the neck line, jawline, and removes turkey neck.

A mini-facelift, also known as a “weekend procedure” because of the minimal downtime required, reduces wrinkles and sagging skin by making smaller, hidden incisions without affecting the brow and eye areas.

Q: What aftercare is required following my facelift surgery?
A: Following your surgery, a bandage may be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed and will be worn for several days. Thin tubes may also be inserted to drain any excess blood or fluid that may accumulate under the skin. I will provide you with specific instructions on how to take care of the surgical site, suggest medications to aid in the healing process, when to make your follow-up appointments, and advise on engaging in physical activity and preserving proper nutrition.

Q: What other cosmetic procedures do you perform for facial rejuvenation?
A: Many patients do not realize that there are various surgical and non-surgical options in addition to traditional facelift surgery to meet their unique concerns. Facial procedures such as a browlift, blepharoplasty, and neck lift can also significantly revitalize your appearance.

Patients with minor skin concerns and moderate to minimal wrinkling can benefit from non-surgical treatments such as laser resurfacing. Cosmetic injectables like BOTOX® smooth out wrinkles caused by expression on the forehead and near the eyes. Juvéderm® and Restylane® facial fillers restore lost volume in areas of the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips. Since these procedures are non-surgical, patients can benefit from minimal to no downtime and shorter treatment times as injections typically take 10-20 minutes to complete.

I remind my patients that though these procedures can restore a more youthful appearance, it is important to keep realistic expectations and understand that plastic surgery does not slow down the body’s natural aging process. In addition to surgery, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, limiting UV exposure, and using sunscreen faithfully can all help aid in prevention.

If you are interested in facelift surgery or other cosmetic procedures at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.

Various Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures for Rejuvenation

Double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman meets with each of his patients to discuss facial plastic surgery to address concerning signs of aging. Many patients do not realize that there are various options in addition to traditional facelift surgery to meet their unique concerns. Dr.  Whiteman uses his extensive surgical experience to find the best treatment to provide the most natural results.facial cosmetic surgery atlanta ga

In fact, facelift surgery can be performed on specific areas of the face for patients with moderate to minimal signs of aging. Using smaller incisions to target certain areas of the face, mini facelifts rejuvenate areas of concern for patients. A mini facelift reduces wrinkles and sagging skin without affecting the brow and eye areas. Mini facelifts can also address jowls on the lower third of the face, including the neck.

As the eyes are one of the first facial features to show signs of aging and lax skin, Dr. Whiteman can perform eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to smooth skin and wrinkles around the upper and/or lower eyelids.  In addition to smoothing wrinkles, lower eyelid surgery can remove under eye bags. This procedure can also be performed in combination with other treatments such as a brow lift which addresses wrinkles on the forehead.

Other procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and chin augmentation can be performed to enhance facial aesthetics.  During rhinoplasty, the patient’s nose shape and size is sculpted to provide facial balance and a more youthful appearance. Genioplasty, or chin augmentation, can give an individual’s chin a more prominent position to balance their overall aesthetic.

Facial fillers and cosmetic injectables such as Juvéderm® and Botox® can also be used as individual anti-aging treatments and in combination with plastic surgery to maintain results. Many patients with minimal signs of aging prefer these treatments as there is no downtime.

For more information about facial plastic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule an in-office consultation. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.

Male Cosmetic Surgery Procedures on the Rise

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, most people only think of female patients. However, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of male patients has been steadily increasing with men accounting for 9 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2011. With the competitive job market in today’s unsteady economy, more men have considered cosmetic body and facial procedures to maintain a youthful appearance to compete with younger professionals. Although these procedures are available to both men and women, there are different techniques used with male plastic surgery in order to yield more masculine results. Dr. David Whiteman understands the differences between male and female patients and uses specialized techniques for each patient according to their unique needs.

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Facial procedures are the most common types of procedures that men pursue. According to ASPS, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and facelifts ranked in the top five male cosmetic surgeries. Male rhinoplasty is very similar to nose surgery for women, but the male nose has distinct characteristics. For example, male patients are generally seeking a more defined nose with a higher bridge while women opt for a more subtle nose with a smooth bridge. Similarly, male blepharoplasty and facelift surgery are tailored to the different facial anatomy of men.

In addition to facial procedures, many men choose body contouring procedures for a younger, refreshed look. Procedures such as liposuction and necklifts surgery can remove unwanted fat and loose skin. Although many people do not consider breast reduction as a primary male procedure, many men suffer from gynecomastia, which is a condition where breast glands rapidly grow to an unusual size, causing overly large breasts. Male breast reduction surgery consists of the removal of excess fat, tissue, and skin through excision and liposuction to produce a smoother, flatter chest.

Since every patient, regardless of gender, has different goals and needs, it is important to schedule a consultation to decide your surgical plans. If you are interested in a body or facial cosmetic procedure, contact us today. If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery information and news.