After my consultation, I’ve been recommended to undergo forehead and brow lift surgery. What can I expect during post-op recovery?

Not every patient will undergo the same recovery process. However, expect there to be a general recovery time of about two weeks – it all depends on the individual healing process. Your forehead may be wrapped in bandages after surgery to decrease swelling and bruising.  Expect some swelling and bruising on the forehead, eye, and cheek areas immediately after the procedure.  This swelling will gradually decrease over the next few weeks. Additionally, there may be some numbness, itching, and tingling sensations due to regrowth of nerves. To keep the swelling to a minimum, keep your head elevated, sleeping on several pillows.  Be sure to avoid any vigorous physical activity during the next couple of weeks and closely follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions.

Over time, I’ve started to have this heavy feeling on my forehead, accompanied by drowsiness. After my peripheral vision started to go away, I noticed that my drooping eyebrows were the culprits. I’ve heard others go through what’s known as a browlift and eyelid tuck. Am I eligible to get this procedure?

The aging process varies from one person to another. What you’re experiencing – fatigue, drooping eyebrows, loss of peripheral vision – can potentially be alleviated through a brow lift and/or eyelid tuck procedure. You have a variety of options to choose from for a brow lift, but they tend to vary based on the surgeon’s incision placement. For instance, one options is to make incisions behind the hairline to lift and reposition the outer brow area. Endoscopic surgery with a camera and tiny instruments is another popular option due to the quicker recovery time, and fewer post-operative changes.  Depending on the patient’s needs and wants, the surgeon will provide recommendations on the length of the incision as well as the placement. These procedures typically take several hours and can be done under a variety of sedation techniques from local to IV sedation to general anesthesia.

I had an accident, I thought I would never look normal again. The injuries healed, but the scars can’t be concealed with makeup. What can be done for my facial scars?

Sorry to hear of your accident.  I’m glad that your injuries have healed –let’s discuss some options you have for taking care of the scars.  Scar tissue is the body’s replacement for when it experiences injuries.  It is a product of healing of one’s wounds.  While it may be unsightly, it is a clear indication of healing and recovery.  There are various options for improving facial scars including recreation of the incision, manipulating the skin and even moving the scar to make it less prominent.  Your surgeon will be able to determine what will work best for your specific scars, depending on where it is located and how it appears.  One can also treat raised scars with laser resurfacing and/or dermabrasion, removing some of the upper layers of skin.  While the scar will still be visible, it will at least be less pronounced.  As for keloids, these can be injected first, to reduce their size.  A follow-on procedure, if the result of this is not satisfactory, is the surgical removal of the scar, using fine stitches to close the incisions which should results in less prominent scars.

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What is the difference between a traditional and limited-incision facelift?

There artwo incision techniques used in facelifts: traditional and limited-incision. A surgeon determines which technique to use based on the extent of correction desired and of course, the basic facial structure.  The traditional facelift is done to rejuvenate the face, jowls, and neck, by a combination of fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle/tissues, and skin trimming and re-draping.  The incision used in such a procedure starts at the temples and continues to the front of the ear.  It skirts the earlobe, and moves on behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. The facelift can include a neck lift where another incision is made under the chin to contour sagging neck skin and reposition neck muscles. The other type of incision technique is called a limited-incision facelift.  This technique is chosen for patients requiring limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, the nasolabial folds and other deep creases.  Both these techniques use stitches to close the incision. Each surgeon has various incisions designed to meet the individual needs of the patient.  The resulting scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.

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What is a facelift?

A rhytidectomy, which is more commonly known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure that is undertaken to address signs of ageing in the face and the neck due to the effects of gravity, hereditary traits passed on from one’s parents, as well as stress and unfavorable environmental conditions.  These can manifest in deep creases below lower eyelids and along the nose, fat that has fallen, skin tone loss in the lower face that results in jowl and/or loose skin under the jaw/chin, as well as sagging in the mid-face.  Such surgical procedures are usually outpatient procedures, requiring anesthesia (either general or through IV sedation) and that take about two hours.  This procedure does not provide relief for signs of aging in the brows, eyelids and some parts of the mid-face, hence it is commonly performed in conjunction with either a brow lift and/or eyelid surgery.  And for those desiring even more extensive rejuvenation, facelifts can be done together with injectable soft-tissue fillers, skin resurfacing, and facial implants.

Are face lifts for men as successful as face lifts for women? Ramon

Hi Ramon, that’s an interesting question.  Typically, women undergo more cosmetic surgery than men do.  There are several reasons for this.  After such surgery, it is required for patients to wear make up for weeks and even months after the procedure. And since men usually prefer not to wear cosmetics, there is a general aversion to having face lifts among men. Facelifts usually cause visible scars in front and behind the ears – this is easily camouflaged by women with the application of makeup and styling of their hair.  In addition to this, face-lifts remove the hairless skin between the side burn and the ear, this can give men a strange appearance.  This preference aside, face lifts can be equally effective for both genders as long as the prescribed after care instructions are followed and a board certified surgeon is enlisted to perform the procedure.

Some friends are talking about FaceTite. Will this be able to fix the very loose skin on one area of my face?

Hi, thanks for your question.  It would have been helpful to know what part of your face has the loose skin to be able to comment on whether FaceTite is a suitable procedure for you.   This non-surgical facelift can help with the forehead, cheeks, jowls, neck, and Nasolabial folds.  It may take several treatments, depending on skin laxity.  The results won’t be readily visible after the procedure, as there will be healing for about a week. You will need to wait 3-6 weeks to assess the extent of improvement, which is a shorter turnaround time than that required for a traditional face lift.  However, the results of a nonsurgical facelift last for a shorter period of time and a repeat procedure may be required.  The results of traditional face lift surgery are considered permanent and will last much longer outside of regular, continued aging.   It would be best to see a board certified cosmetic surgeon to help you decide on whether a FaceTite procedure is best for you. Good luck

I have many wrinkles in my eyebrow area. Will a brow lift help? How long does it take for the lines to disappear?

Hi there., thanks for your question.  A brow lift will correct sagging of skin in the forehead, upper eyelids and eyebrows.  There are two methods used to lift these areas: The Classic Lift and the Endoscopic Lift.  The latter has a shorter recovery time, i.e., the wrinkles that you asked about, will not be as visible with less down time.  However, you should remember that for any procedure, recovery times vary from patient to patient, so it’s not easy to answer your question.  The trend in post-op recovery is that it takes several weeks to see a significant decrease in swelling, bruising, or in this case, for the fine lines to be gone.  Once the requisite recovery period is completed, the desired refreshed appearance will somehow make up for the wait.  Ideally, a smooth and wrinkle free forehead will be yours, enhanced by repositioned eyebrows.  As with all surgical procedures, to ensure the success of your operation, do follow the post op instructions of your doctor.  To determine which procedure is best for you, you will need to consult a board certified surgeon who will evaluate your forehead region which includes the upper eyelids and especially the muscles beneath.

 

Is it normal for one cheek to sag more on one side of the face? What is the best procedure to lift my cheek fat at age 30? Almost 30.

Hi Almost 30, thanks for your question.  To make cheeks look younger and healthier, a mid-face lift can help address asymmetry of the cheeks by making them appear fuller.  To allow the cheeks to be pulled up, the tissues that line the cheekbones are released all along the lower lids, the upper lips and sides of the nose.  Once released, the cheeks can be pulled up and sutures used to secure the same.  The lower eyelids are tightened by removing a part of the outer eyelids and suspending the remainder to the outer lids’ bony area.  The results of this procedure are rather subtle, it will not provide a markedly refreshed look.  But it will improve the cheek area more significantly than a full face lift, which appears to be your main concern.   There are several types of cheek lifts available:  Subperiosteal Midface Lift, the SOOF Lift, Endotine Midface Suspension, a Mini Face Lift (S-Lift) – is prescribed for those in their early to late 40s, the Featherlift of Cheek,  (minimally invasive & patient can drive themselves home after the procedure which is done under local anesthesia); and the Percutaneous Cheek Lift (also minimally invasive method that lifts the check & midface region).  For someone of your age, the last two methods may be best suited to your requirements.  A consultation with a board certified surgeon will help you decide n which procedure to undergo.

 

I just turned 45 and I have been divorced for other a year now. I want to start dating again but am afraid I look too old to attract someone. Can a facelift help me? Shiela

Hi Shiela, thanks for being frank about your reasons for wanting cosmetic surgery.  Many patients experience a psychological improvement from a face lift.  They believe that the surgery will have a positive effect on their quality of life. And more often than not, it does make a difference in their lives.  Improving your facial appearance through a face lift is just as valid as someone having their home repainted, or trading in their old car for a newer model.  Improving your facial appearance can be a big psychological boost to improve your appearance.  With new confidence in your appearance, it will be easier to make a new start.  Sags, bags, jowls, a sagging neck, even what they call a turkey neck – these can be addressed by a face lift.  But fine lines won’t be improved by a face lift – the quality of the skin is not expected to be changed by a facelift.