Men and women experiencing moderate to advanced signs of aging may be interested in the rejuvenating effects of a facelift. In my practice, I take a customized approach to facial rejuvenation, addressing not only the facial skin, but also the underlying network of muscle and connective tissue through the face and neck.
When treating signs of facial aging, I find that combining eyelid surgery with a facelift can often produce superior results to those of a facelift alone. By understanding the rejuvenating process in a comprehensive way, my patients often find that a combined facelift and eyelid surgery best meets their cosmetic goals.
1. Eyelid Surgery Restores a Naturally Refreshed Look to the Upper Face
A facelift alone does not necessarily alter the appearance of the upper face. Droopy skin typically corrected in a facelift is concentrated in the lower face and neck. However, that does not mean the upper face doesn’t age. By treating signs of age in both the upper and lower face, patients can achieve a more natural looking youthful appearance.
2. Addresses Multiple Aspects of Facial Aging
A traditional facelift primarily focuses on smoothing out facial wrinkles and lifting sagging skin. Eyelid surgery, on the other hand, can correct other aspects of facial aging, such as the tired or sunken appearance created by excess eyelid skin and puffy bags under the eyes.
3. Takes Facelift Results Even Further
While a facelift can provide a significant improvement in facial aging, eyelid surgery can take the results a step further. My patients often find that treating signs of aging around the eyes can have a dramatic effect on their overall appearance, giving them a refreshed, alert and naturally younger look.
Whether a woman chooses to undergo breast reconstruction surgery can be a highly personal decision. In my practice, I encourage breast cancer survivors to feel comfortable making their own decisions on reconstruction without pressure from family, friends or doctors.
However, a wealth of outdated misconceptions still pervade the modern day conversation about breast reconstruction and any associated risks, which may stop some women from pursuing reconstruction surgery even if it might be a positive choice.
Decades ago, not nearly as much was understood about breast reconstruction, including if the reconstructive process could affect the ability to detect cancerous cells or the potential rate of complication. Doctors once widely believed that breast reconstruction would interfere with cancer detection and result in high rates of complication.
However, multiple modern studies conducted over a 20-year period documented no increase in cancer recurrence with breast reconstruction and no delay in diagnosis of new malignancies. There was also no increased rate of complication.
Benefits of Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction also offers women many advantages. Many women find it easier to move on from their illness with reconstructed breasts that allow them to retain a sense of femininity and wholeness. With advancements in breast reconstruction techniques, reconstruction results can appear more natural than ever. I maintain a customized approach to reconstruction that takes special care to meet the specific goals and needs of each patient.
Many women feel that breast reconstruction provides them with the opportunity to reclaim power over their bodies after overcoming illness. Whether reconstruction is immediate or delayed, women can move on from disease with breasts that look natural and allow them to maintain their original figure without added concerns over previously held misconceptions.
Healing from any surgical procedure is a gradual process. While my breast augmentation patients are often eager to see their end results and return to their normal routine, there are a few steps in the recovery process that should be respected so the body can heal properly. I like to think of the recovery from breast augmentation as consisting of three stages.
1. Immediate Recovery after Surgery
The immediate post-surgical recovery is what most patients think of when they hear the phrase “recovery period.” This stage refers to the first few days to week after surgery when the breasts are typically somewhat swollen, tender and bruised. During this stage, patients should rest as much as possible and can take oral pain relievers or muscle relaxants to alleviate discomfort.
2. Settling of Implants and Swelling Decrease
Following the immediate recovery after surgery is the phase when implants are beginning to settle, swelling is starting to subside and patients can begin to participate in their body’s accommodation of the implants. By massaging the breasts for a few minutes each day, patients can help their skin and tissue relax, allowing the breasts to eventually settle into position.
3. Returning to Your Normal Routine
Finally, you can enjoy resuming your work and social life with your new figure. While breast augmentation patients can usually return to work within a week after surgery, I usually recommend waiting at least two weeks before resuming a more active routine. Every patient heals at a different rate, and patients should consult their surgeon if they feel uncertain about particular activities.