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.

Utilizing Diverse Techniques in Liposuction

One of the most popular body contouring procedures for both men and women is liposuction. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in 2013, 312,176 women and 51,736 men received liposuction. I frequently discuss liposuction with patients who are looking to eliminate excess body fat. Liposuction is not only performed as an individual treatment for fat reduction, but it is also applied in various cosmetic procedures including mommy makeover surgery, tummy tuck, facial plastic surgery, and buttock augmentation. In order to give you that coveted, aesthetically pleasing figure you dream of, I utilize the most advanced liposuction techniques available to provide you with optimal results.

Liposuctionatlanta-liposuction-results (2) is recommended for patients who would like to remove small pockets of fat that do not respond to various amounts of working out and healthy eating. Remember that there is no such thing as a “perfect” body and imperfections are what make each individual unique. Whatever your “problem areas” are, liposuction addresses areas such as the abdomen, love handles, thighs, buttocks, and hips.

Depending on your cosmetic goals, we will determine which liposuction technique (tumescent, super-wet, power-assisted, or ultrasound-assisted) will best fit your needs during your initial consultation. Tumescent and super-wet liposuction techniques use a solution of tumescent fluid (saline solution and anesthetic) to be injected into the treatment areas to facilitate removal of fat and minimize blood loss. Super-wet liposuction uses slightly less solution for injection and is beneficial for patients as there is minimal blood loss and swelling. The power-assisted liposuction technique incorporates a special suction tube that vibrates during the procedure. The vibration loosens fat to allow for easier removal with less damage to the surrounding skin.  Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves in addition to fluid injection to liquefy fat and is effective for areas that require precision such as the face.

atlanta-liposuction-results (2)Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to maximize your body contouring results. If you need assistance, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison, provides a Lifestyle & Weight Management program in which patients are coached through their pre and post-surgery time period to help achieve weight loss and weight management goals through exercise and effective eating habits. Our outside ACE Certified Personal Trainer Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness can also help find a routine that works best for you.

While liposuction and other body contouring procedures can help you achieve personal cosmetic surgery goals, it’s important to remember it should not be a substitute for leading a healthy lifestyle. I continue to make every effort to communicate all information so that all of my patients completely understand the type of results they can expect, such as final results are always determined by your weight, skin tone and specific Habitus. I advise my post-surgery patients to always maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve successful results. If you are interested in liposuction or other cosmetic procedures I perform, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Revive Your Appearance with Facial Plastic Surgery

Most patients often opt for facial plastic surgery to reduce the signs of aging that appear in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, hooded eyes, and sagging skin. Though facial procedures such as a facelift, browlift, blepharoplasty, and neck lift can significantly rejuvenate your appearance, I remind my patients to maintain realistic expectations and understand that plastic surgery ultimately does not slow down the body’s natural aging process.

Revive Your Appearance with Facial Plastic Surgery

 

For more information about facial plastic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.