These days, minimally-invasive and non-invasive treatments like Botox injections and dermal fillers have allowed patients to enjoy incredible youthfulness without having to go under the knife. However, for some patients, a facelift may be a transformative surgery, and one that will save them money over time. If you are interested in a facelift but find general anesthesia terrifying, here are five reasons why you don’t need to worry.
#1 – The Anesthesiologists are Board Certified
One of the biggest fears regarding general anesthesia is the fear of the anesthesiologist making a mistake. Back in the 1980s, this was far more commonplace than it is today. Fortunately, universities and medical schools that train anesthesiologists have improved their practices, and the technologies themselves have improved dramatically since then, too. Anesthesiologists are board certified, which means they’ve undergone extensive training and are highly qualified to care for you during your procedure.
#2 – The Process is Gentle
Some people fear the idea of losing control and being put to sleep against their will. They believe that they will fear it as it occurs, and some even believe they may have panic attacks. If you have a fear of losing control or going to sleep, talk to your anesthesiologist. You have options available to you that will help you feel more comfortable. For example, you may ask to be given a sedative, such as Valium (or an equivalent) before being taken into the operating room. This will help you feel more at ease.
#3 – Allergic Reactions are Rare
If you fear an allergy to anesthesia, remember that in most cases, as many as 15 different drugs are used to carefully control your level of consciousness. With that in mind, while there certainly is a possibility that you may react negatively to one of those medications. Often, people experience side effects rather than allergic reactions, and while they may be bothersome or uncomfortable, they are not often dangerous and dissipate within a few hours. You are most likely to be allergic to a pain medication or muscle relaxer, which is often part of your general anesthesia, but your surgical team is well-trained and prepared to handle this should it occur.
#4 – You Will Not Talk During Your Procedure
A few patients have mentioned a fear of talking and saying something embarrassing while unconscious. Keep in mind that general anesthesia and sleeping are two completely different things. Patients may talk a little as they are falling asleep, and it isn’t uncommon for them to say something while coming out of anesthesia, but these are usually completely coherent thoughts and nothing at all like talking in one’s sleep.
#5 – You Shouldn’t Worry about Incontinence
Finally, a handful of patients worry about emptying their bladder or bowels during their procedures. This is incredibly rare, and when it does occur, it is typically in infants. Remember that you are typically asked to avoid eating or drinking after midnight the day of your surgery, so if you empty your bowels and bladder before heading to the operating room, there is absolutely nothing to fear. Even if you did empty your bladder or bowels on the table, remember that you are among medical professionals, so there is no need for embarrassment.
These are the five most common reasons why patients fear general anesthesia for facelifts, and as you can see, there is really no need to fear. Above all else, remember that your surgical team and anesthesiologist have been well-trained, and they are prepared to handle anything that may happen.
Were you shocked to see how tired and aged your face appeared to be the last time you took a look in the mirror? If this is the case, having one – or more – of the following procedures carried out will not only result in you looking more radiant; you will end up looking many years younger as well.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on men and women who may have noticed their eyelids drooping or sagging with age. When performing blepharoplasty, surgeons will make tiny incisions in the creases of the upper and lower eyelids and remove any excess skin or fat that may have accumulated there. Once this is done, it helps to firm the eyelid to the point where the skin is no longer loose or sagging, leaving patients looking younger and rejuvenated.
This treatment has become extremely popular because it is quite affordable, relatively quick to administer and results can usually be seen within a few days at the most. Botox can not only be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases and crow’s feet throughout the facial area; it can be administered into the lips and the area surrounding the mouth as well, which will make them look more youthful.
As patients age, gravity along with a loss of natural collagen in the body causes their cheeks to lose a lot of their natural volume or to start sagging downwards. In many cases, deep creases start appearing as well, making patients look droopy, permanently tired and older than they should. Plastic surgeons can address these issues by inserting solid silicone implants into a patient’s cheeks, which will make them look fuller. The main advantage of these implants is that they cannot leak, which means that patients will be able to enjoy their new look for many years.
Face and Neck Lifts
Some of the most common signs of aging include the appearance of neck wattles, drooping jowls and sagging skin around the eyes. All of these issues can be addressed by means of a face lift and/or neck lift procedure, whereby a surgeon will lift the cheek area, jowls and surrounding neck muscles. This is done by making small incisions behind the ears and along the hairline to ensure that the incisions heal without causing any visible scarring, and patients can look forward to firmer skin and muscle tone afterwards.
Although not strictly a plastic surgery procedure, dermabrasion can help rejuvenate a patient’s appearance by sloughing off the outer layer of facial skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and other imperfections that may be present. This enables new skin to grow through, which in turn leaves the patient with smoother and younger looking skin.
Anyone who is interested in having any of these procedures performed or who would like to find out more about them can schedule an appointment at our practice today.
These days, men and women around the world go to great lengths to make themselves appear younger. They undergo facelifts, get filler injections, and even use Botox to essentially paralyze and relax muscle groups to release their wrinkles. One new trend, known as threading, may also work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by creating a natural-looking lift that does not appear frozen in place.
What Is Threading?
In short, threading is a process by which a plastic surgeon inserts thin and sometimes barbed threads into the face to lift it up. It essentially provides a “support system” that, while far less invasive than a traditional facelift, still provides more natural-looking results than fillers or Botox. Although it may not sound appealing, it is actually not as bad as it sounds. Many surgeons call it one of the most innovative facelift techniques to date, and more and more doctors around the world are offering it to their patients.
Different Types of Threading: Sugar-Based Threads
Two surgeons are innovating the way threading facelifts work. One, Dr. Maurice Gray from Europe, uses a sugar-based thread. He inserts it into the skin for the face-lifting effect, and he says that, on average, it lasts about two years. Not only does it work in the face, but it also works for other areas of the body – the breasts, arms, and even the neck – to create a naturally lifted look. The sugar-based thread stimulates the production of new fibrous tissue, and it dissolves after three to four weeks. The average procedure takes about half an hour, and Dr. Gray says it is completely painless.
An Alternative: The Woffles Lift
Another prominent surgeon, Dr. Woffles Wu, has also developed a threading technique that shows plenty of promise. His treatment, coined the “Woffles Lift”, that utilizes a similar approach to sugar-based threads. Dr. Wu charges much more for his procedure – up to $11,000 for the mid-face and upper neck – but he claims that it only takes about 30 minutes and that the results last for years and years. Like sugar based threads, Dr. Wu’s Woffles Threat helps create new, thin ligaments that hold the skin in place over time. Although long-term studies are ongoing, the results are promising.
Bringing the Treatments to North America
For the time being, the process of threading is really only prominent in areas of Europe and Asia. A few North American physicians are interested in the procedure, though, because it is only minimally invasive and provides long-lasting, natural looking results. More than likely, you will see threading in the news over the course of the next few years, and you might even consider it for yourself. With amazing results, minimal pain, and a relatively short recovery time, it only makes sense that doctors would offer it to patients who want better results than Botox, but who are not inclined to get (or who are not candidates for) facelifts.
Although new products and technologies show up in surgeons’ offices all the time, very few of them show the same promise that threading does. Although many people are not keen on the idea as of yet, it will likely become just as acceptable as Botox injections in the future.
Many people take the time to consider the outcomes of a facelift procedure long before they schedule their surgeries. Although it may seem like a lot of pain and expense, the emotional positives greatly outweigh them. Everyone is searching for the fountain of youth, and a facelift is the next best thing.
A Boost in Self-Esteem
When people visit a plastic surgeon with questions about getting a facelift procedure, the surgeon considers much more than just the patient’s physical needs. A plastic surgeon can also recognize a patient’s mental and emotional needs. Many of the people who seek facelift surgeries do so because they want to improve their self-esteem. Everyone is beautiful just the way they are, but in some cases, a more youthful appearance can make you feel better about yourself. It is not about being vain or narcissistic; it is about bringing back your natural beauty.
The Outside Matches the Inside
Another reason why people consider a facelift procedure has to do with the way they feel inside. For example, today’s aging generation reports that they feel an average of nine years younger than they really are. Many of us know the toll that nine years of gravity and environmental stress can take, and a facelift can reverse those effects. By smoothing out wrinkles and restoring elasticity to the skin, people feel that the faces they see staring back at them in the mirror accurately reflect the people they are on the inside.
No More Insecurity
With age comes insecurity for many, whether this insecurity strikes in a social or workplace setting. Despite discrimination laws that protect jobs regardless of age, many older people in the workforce report feeling overlooked and underpaid. More difficult and prestigious tasks go to younger coworkers despite years of experience and knowledge. This can certainly be heartbreaking, and over time, it causes a sense of insecurity that is difficult to repair. A facelift procedure can restore youthfulness, giving you back the confidence you need to handle those difficult tasks.
A Long-Lasting Solution
Many individuals report having Botox injections or dermal fillers for a few years prior to their facelifts, and despite the amazing results these minimally-invasive treatments provide, they sometimes cause a bit of anxiety. People worry that the results will fade away before they can make it to their next appointments, or that the redness from next week’s injections will cause them embarrassment. Facelifts are more invasive, but the stunning results last for up to a decade – and sometimes even longer. No longer do you need to worry about getting to your Botox appointment or covering up the redness from the injections. This provides you with a sense of freedom unlike anything you can imagine.
Although a facelift procedure is not a cure for insecurity or low self-esteem, and while there is no guarantee that it will help you regain the confidence of coworkers and strangers alike, it certainly can play a role in positive emotions for years to come. A more youthful appearance usually results in a happier individual.
Men and women who want to look younger and more vibrant turn to many different procedures these days. Some prefer Botox, some like facial fillers, and others go for the full package with a complete facelift. There are four stages to recovering from a facelift, and this recovery goes faster for some than it does for others.
Stage 1 – Rest
One of the worst things you can do for your body after a facelift is stay in bed. Although you will not feel like doing much for the first few days, and the painkillers may make it difficult to do much at all, you should feel good enough by the third or fourth day to move around a little. Chances are good that you will feel some fatigue and maybe a little nausea for the first few days, but these will quickly subside. Remember that movement lends to circulation, and when you can circulate the blood through your body, this helps speed your recovery. This first stage lasts about a week.
Stage 2 – Progression
By the end of the first week after your facelift, you should start to feel better. Although you will still have swelling and bruising well into the second week after surgery, overall, you should be feeling more energetic. If you have stapled incisions, the doctor will usually remove these between days seven and 10. At this point in your recovery, it is all about light duty. You can start doing housework again, and your doctor will likely encourage some walking, but avoid any heavy lifting for now. Do not apply makeup over your incisions, but do apply it just up to the edge if it helps you feel more confident.
Stage 3 – Getting Back to Normal
Between the beginning of the third week and the end of the first month after your facelift, you will really start to improve. Your incisions should be healing quite nicely at this point, and although most of the bruising will fade by this time, you may still notice some swelling in areas. Remember that this is normal as everyone recovers at different paces. At the beginning of the fourth week of recovery, you can return to your normal work and exercise routine as long as you avoid any activity that may put you at risk for injuries.
Stage 4 – The Home Stretch
Many people consider themselves “recovered” after the first month. For others, it may take anywhere between six and eight weeks before they feel like themselves again. One of the oddest parts about a facelift is the fact that it may take up to a year before all of the sensations in your face return to normal. Until then, you may notice some tenderness to the touch, tingling, and in some cases, even a numb feeling.
In short, you will start to feel better just a couple of days after your surgery, though the redness, bruising, and swelling may last up to four weeks. Within six weeks, you should be ready to return to your normal lifestyle. Make sure to report anything that seems odd or worrisome after your facelift to your doctor.
Looking younger is a goal that numerous people want to achieve; however, in many cases, they are not always sure how to go about it though. Although treatments like dermabrasion, Botox injections and other laser treatments can be used to help them achieve this goal, having a facelift procedure performed will be able to do so as well – with the only differences being that the effects will last a lot longer, while also shedding years off a person’s appearance.
Reduce Visible Wrinkles and Fine Lines
One of the most obvious ways in which a facelift procedure can shed years off your face is by eliminating the age-related wrinkles and fine lines that are normally found around the eyes, mouth and overall facial area. It can also help eliminate the deep creases that are often found between the mouth and nose. This is done by tightening, trimming and removing excess skin to the point where these facets are no longer visible. In conjunction with the skin tightening and trimming, a plastic surgeon will also tighten and rearrange the underlying facial muscles to provide the patient with a more youthful and fresh appearance.
Improve Overall Facial Contours
Having a facelift will not only eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and saggy skin; it will provide the patient with a much smoother overall appearance on the cheeks and lower eyelid areas as well. Depending on the type of facelift that it being performed, the end results can also see jowls and excessive neck flesh being removed, leaving the patient with a jawline and neck area that are extremely attractive once again. Depending on the severity of any excess neck fat and jowls that may be present, liposuction may sometimes be performed in conjunction with the facelift to achieve the best possible end results.
Available Types of Facelifts
There are a few different options when it comes to having this procedure performed. Patients who do not want to make drastic changes can opt for a mini facelift, which is not as invasive as other facelifts; however, the results thereof may not be as long-lasting as those achieved with other forms of this procedure. The mid-lift option focuses more on the middle of the face and the cheeks, as it involves the lifting and repositioning of the skin and muscle that covers the cheekbone areas. A deep plane procedure may be the most invasive option of all; however, its end results are a lot longer lasting, with many patients enjoying them for as long as 15 years afterwards.
When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform any of these procedures, extensive research must be done on him or her beforehand. He or she should be appropriately registered and experienced, as this will help ensure that the procedure is performed safely. Patients should also base their choice of surgeon on reputation instead of price, as a surgeon who performs ‘cheap’ procedures will usually not be performing them safely or effectively.
A facelift is not just a one-size-fits-all process. Facelifts are comprised of multiple options and there are even ways to give your face a little uplift without surgery. So if you want a more youthful you in 2015, here are a few facelift options.
Botox is non-surgical and great if you want a simple, quick procedure and noticeable lift. While it does not provide the same long-term results as a surgical facelift, it is preferred by a lot of patients simply because they don’t have a long recovery time. Botox is administered by a professional, in-office, using tiny injections into the muscles. (Learn more about Botox.)
A J-lift is a type of facelift preferred by most patients. It is a natural procedure that involves more of a facial rejuvenation than traditional plastic supplements. These are so easy to recover from that you won’t be under general anesthesia when you go through it.
It’s ideal if you want smoother, younger looking skin and a short recovery time. You will still need to wear bandages for the first 24 hours, but after that you will be able to resume your normal activities in just five days, while a traditional facelift takes longer.
J-lifts offer immediate, long-term results making it a nice option between Botox and a traditional facelift. You can learn more about a J-lift here.
Traditional facelifts are not just a single surgery; in fact, it involves three separate surgeries to make your face look younger. First there is the lateral brow lift, which lifts and heightens the eyebrows giving you a happier, more youthful appearance. Second you’ll have the mid-face lift, which rejuvenates the rest of your face and reduces the loose skin. Third and last is the S-lift. This procedure removes sagging skin on the chin, neck, and cheeks.
Which Facelift Option is Right for You? Meet with a Skilled Cosmetic Surgeon in West Palm Beach.
Deciding which procedure is right for you is not easy. It is best to meet with a skilled plastic surgeon to see which procedure works best with your facial type, age, and other factors. West Palm Beach cosmetic surgeons at Jacobson & Mardirossian’s Plastic Surgery Center for Excellence can help you determine which procedure is best for you with a no obligation consultation. We’ll go over the facelift procedures and help you decide which is right for your time, needs, and even your budget.
If you’re looking in the mirror and are disappointed in what you are seeing, it’s okay to want to change your appearance.
Aging and genetics are two factors that are completely out of your control when it comes to your constantly changing physical appearance. Although you cannot stop the aging process, there are many things you can do to improve your appearance and increase your self-esteem once again.
Many people often express their interest in getting a facelift, but there are several different subcategories involved in this particular option. Knowing some of the different options can help save you some time and money on deciding which surgeries would benefit you the most.
Lateral Brow Lift
One of the surgical procedures involved in a facelift is a lateral brow lift. As you age, your skin begins to sag in more places than one. On your face, one of the noticeable places your skin begins to sag is your brow line.
When your brow line sags, this can give you a ‘sad’ look. Unlike the forehead lift, the lateral brow lift focuses on lifting your brow in the temple area. It is a much less invasive option that only requires a few small incisions. A newer technique, called the Trans-orbital Brow Lift, allows making an incision in the upper eyelid, so it is almost invisible after it has healed over.
The lateral brow lift has a short recovery period and has minor swelling and bruising. This option is a great choice for patients who want to look younger without a long recovery time.
Mid face Lift
A mid facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure is relatively new and has been brought to the plastic surgery world. Another minimally invasive procedure, it is targeted at the middle section of the face. Because aging can heighten skin laxity, these procedures are focused on removing the bags under the eyes and addressing cheeks laxity.
A small incision can be made inside of your mouth and the fatty tissue in your cheeks can be repositioned. There are several methods available that can lift the sagging tissue, so discussing these methods with your doctor will provide you with information about each of them.
The surgery only takes a few hours and patients are usually sent home the same day. Although there is swelling and discomfort, as expected with any surgery, the recovery time is about five to seven days.
The S-Lift is yet another minimally invasive surgery involving facial rejuvenation. There are many areas an S-Lift can benefit.
This surgery is targeted at improving the appearance of sagging skin on areas of the face including your cheeks, chin, and neck skin. During this procedure, an ‘S’ shaped area of the skin is excised from the area in front of your ear, where your muscles and tissue are repositioned. This repositioning allows your face and neck to look re-contoured. This type of facial re-contouring focuses on the soft tissues that are directly affected by aging.
Because this procedure is also minimally invasive, the process only takes a couple of hours and patients can recover within a few days.
Contact Facelift Plastic Surgeon West Palm Beach
A facelift can benefit patients in many different ways. Along with looking and feeling younger, restoring your confidence is a key part of living a happy and successful life. Contact Jacobson &Mardirossian’s Plastic Surgery Center for Excellence today to receive more information and other methods available for facelifts. We can answer any questions and concerns you may have, or let you know what procedures we think would benefit you the most. Give us a call at (561) 624-0900.
Botox is everywhere – in the celebrity news, on the Internet, even some of your close friends may have gotten Botox!
If you are considering having a simple and common procedure done by a qualified plastic surgeon, it is important to do a little research on Botox and decide if it is right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is a therapeutic procedure, which has been used over the last twenty years. This procedure has been done for a number of reasons, including treating several medical conditions as well as moderating severe frown lines between the brows.For many people, Botox is used to reduce these severe frown lines. After having this procedure done, it can help a person feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance. Because age can cause your skin to become less elastic, these frown wrinkles can result in a permanent line. Botox can treat these lines, and allow you to look younger.
When a Botox procedure is done by an experienced professional, it doesn’t take long and the recovery is generally very fast. There are tiny injections administered directly into the mimic muscles and it enables the muscles to relax by blocking a chemical that is usually released to cause them to contract. While some Botox injections cause you to have the inability to move your face, Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Mardirossian can administer the injections so they do not affect any facial movements, including smiling or laughing.
When Botox injections are done by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, there are generally no issues with this particular procedure. The procedure only takes about ten minutes and usually has no recovery time whatsoever.
There are some side effects to having Botox injections, but they are minimal. These side effects include minor pain, tenderness, swelling or redness, and rarely bleeding or swelling. A patient may feel some bruising where the injections were administered or even experience minor headache or flu-like symptoms.
When a Botox injection is done incorrectly, serious side effects can incur, such as an eyelid droop, dry or excessive tearing, a crooked smile or even cockeyed eyebrows. In rare cases but very unlikely, the Botox can spread to other areas of the body and cause issues such as vision problems, loss of bladder control or trouble breathing. If you are facing any of these issues, call a doctor immediately.
After receiving Botox injections, you should see results quite quickly. You will likely see improvements in your appearance within seven to ten days after the procedure, but remember, this varies with every patient.
Many individuals suffer from outer ear deformities. These occurrences could be due to burns, accidents, injuries or even just birth defects. However, the good news is individuals who suffer from outer ear deformities now have options that can help. Any medical procedure that refers to the re-contouring or reshaping of the outer ear is known as Otoplasty.
How can an otoplasty procedure help?
The otoplasty procedure has helped individuals regain their desired appearance and beauty. This procedure re-contours or reshapes the ear into a more aesthetically pleasing form. This is an extremely common procedure and is popular among both men and women.
How is an otoplasty procedure performed?
Otoplasty procedures are minor and are considered in-office procedures that can be completed and treated in a day’s time. Otoplasty procedures can also be performed under local anesthesia. The surgical process itself is fairly simple for an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. First, a small incision is made in one of the creases behind the ear. Then, the cartilage in the ear structure is repositioned and reshaped to the desired shape or a position of the patient as well as in a position that is both aesthetically pleasing and symmetrical to the head and face. The incision is then sealed with hidden sutures, leaving a virtually invisible scar.
What is expected after an otoplasty procedure?
After an otoplasty procedure, patients are encouraged to wear a surgical dressing which provides protection and compression for approximately three to four day. While the level of pain and discomfort is minimal, some is normal. All other risks and side effects are also minimal. Some pain and swelling is also normal. In order to reduce the possibility of infection, which is always a risk, individuals and otoplasty procedure patients should be diligent about applying an antibiotic ointment to the affected area during the recovery time.
By choosing to work with an expert plastic surgeon at the Jacobson and Mardirossian Plastic Surgery Center for Excellence, patients and individuals are put on a strict follow up plan after completing an otoplasty procedure. Each patient is scheduled for a follow up session with one of our skilled plastic surgeons to ensure proper healing is taking place, to ensure there are no infections, complications, or any other concerns. Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Mardirossian also ensure that the patient is happy with the results of the procedure.
Contact the Jacobson and Mardirossian Plastic Surgery Center for Excellence.
If you have every considered an otoplasty procedure or are curious to see how some of our many other services and treatment options can help you, feel free to contact the office of Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Mardirossian and speak to a member of our professional care team at 561-624-0900. Call the office today to schedule a free initial, no-obligation consultation. We will take the time to sit down with you, discuss each treatment option you are interested in, discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and any risks, go over your medical history, and even provide suggestions that we think would work best for our patients.