• Cosmetic surgery is no longer the kind of procedure that people try to hide from the world. In most cases, it’s simply a way to change something that you aren’t content with about yourself and can’t change by other means.• The reality is, for some people, their facial features can have a serious effect on self-esteem and self- confidence. Having a procedure done to change the problem area can make a huge difference, and has made a huge difference in many people’s lives.• Of course, cosmetic surgery is still surgery and as such it’s wise to learn all about the recovery times and processes before you proceed.
Facelift (Rhytidectomy)• A facelift is one of the more common procedures to give a more youthful appearance to the face. The primary areas that are addressed during facelift surgery are: ▫ Loose skin on the face and neck ▫ Crows feet and wrinkles around the eyes ▫ Softening jaw line and jowl formation• In a traditional facelift, incisions are made and the skin on the face is raised outward toward the anterior of the neck and mouth. This allows the surgeon to reposition the skin and tighten up the underlying connective tissue and muscle. Any excess fat and skin is removed during the procedure.
Facelift (Rhytidectomy)• Depending on how extensive the cosmetic surgery is, the procedure typically lasts from 2 to 4 hours.• After a facelift, pressure dressing is applied to the area of incision for protection, but most patients don’t experience much pain after the surgery.• Swelling and bruising is a certainty, and any sutures or staples that were used will be removed within 10 days.• Most patients return to normal activities within a couple weeks, and the hairline and natural skin folds will hide any scarring.
Rhinoplasty - Cosmetic Nasal Surgery• Whether your nose was misshapen in an accident or it is just hereditary, rhinoplasty, commonly called a ‘nose job’ can reshape it to be more in proportion with the rest of your face.• This surgery might improve your profile, the straight-on view or even improve your breathing in some cases.• Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that may require external incisions in some cases, but is often performed by making incisions on the inside of the nose. After your surgery is completed, your new nose is outfitted with a small splint.• The splint stays on for up to a week, and your nose is packed with sponge packing to prevent bleeding. This packing is usually removed after a couple hours.
Rhinoplasty - Cosmetic Nasal Surgery• With rhinoplasty, some bruising is normal and most patients return to normal activities within two weeks.• Most of the healing will happen inside of six weeks after the surgery, but subtle changes in the bridge and tip might be noticed for up to a year.• It’s important to go in for follow up care at regular intervals for the first year after surgery. The surgeon needs to monitor healing and ensure everything is on the right track.
Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty• Upper and lower blepharoplasty is also known as ‘eyelid surgery’ and it is a cosmetic surgery designed to improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. Over time, eyelids can begin drooping and add years to your appearance.• During the surgery incisions are made and excess fat, skin and muscle are removed. When it’s all over, the eyelid function is preserved, but the skin appears a lot tighter around the eyes.• After the surgery, little bandages known as ‘steri-strips’ are applied to the lids and an ointment will be prescribed that’s designed to prevent dryness.• Cold compresses and elevating the head may reduce some of the swelling and bruising, but these are normal. Sutures are removed in 5 to 7 days and most patients return to regular activities within two weeks.
Endoscopic Forehead Lift• As you age, the effects of gravity and normal loss of skin elasticity may cause the skin in the forehead to sag and deep lines to form. Sometimes, deep wrinkles across the forehead create the appearance of being angry or tired when it really isn’t the case.• In an endoscopic forehead lift, small incisions are made within the hairline. A small tube known as an ‘endoscope’ helps the surgeon work via video monitor and lift the muscles of the forehead to a new position.• The surgery can last from 1 to 4 hours, depending on whether the eyebrows are part of the surgery.• After surgery, you must wear a pressure dressing for several days to keep the swelling and bruising down. Stitches can come out around a week after surgery and normal activity is usually resumed within two weeks.
Double Chin Surgery• Patients with a pad of fat between the chin and neck may opt for double chin surgery, or submental lipoplasty.• This surgery removes the double chin to create a more aesthetically pleasing neckline.• The surgery doesn’t typically result in much bleeding or damage to surrounding tissue.• Patients of double chin cosmetic surgery can usually resume normal activity within one week, and a pressure or suspension dressing must be worn during that time.