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Surgical Procedures

Facelift: A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can "set back the clock," improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck.  A facelift usually takes several hours.  there usually isn't significant discomfort after surgery; if there is, it can be lessened with pain medication.  Some numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks.  You should be up and around in a day or two, but plan to take it easy for the first week after surgery.

Neck Lift: The neck lift is a procedure designed to give a better definition to the neck line, lessen wrinkling, and diminish unsightly banding in the neck.  It will help people showing the earliest signs of aging as well as senior patients who want to improve their appearance with a relatively minor procedure.  A neck lift usually takes several hours.  A support neck and chin dressing are worn continuously for approximately five to seven days and every night for four to six weeks.  One can return to normal social activities in five to seven days.  Bruising and swelling are generally minimal and are resolved after a ten day period of time.  Full exertional activities are recommended after approximately two weeks after procedure.

Brow Lift: A forehead lift or brow lift can smooth out the wrinkles and correct drooping brows and heavy lids to provide a younger, friendlier appearance.  A brow lift usually takes one to two hours.  There is a minimal amount of discomfort following a brow lift.  There will be swelling and bruising that may last seven to ten days.  For some patients this may include the cheeks and the eyelids.  Keeping your head elevated and application of cold compresses will help to reduce swelling.  As your incisions heat, you will notice some itching and possibly some numbness.  These symptoms will diminish over time.  You may wear make-up after three days, and your sutures will be removed in seven to ten days.  Strenuous activity is restricted for six weeks.

Endoscopic ("small incision") Facial Cosmetic Surgery: Minimal-incision facial surgery can make your face look as young as you feel.  A mid-facelift or cheek lift can remove facial wrinkles and lift sagging skin under your chin.  Minimal facial cosmetic surgery usually takes one to two hours.  There is a minimal amount of discomfort following your procedure.  there will be swelling and bruising that may last from seven to ten days.  For some patients, this may include cheeks and eyelids.  Keeping your head elevated and application of cold compresses will help to reduce swelling.  As your incisions heal, you will notice some itching and possibly some numbness.  These symptoms will diminish over time.  You may wear make-up after three days, and your sutures will be removed in seven to ten days.  Strenuous activity is restricted for six weeks.

Eyelid Surgery or blepharoplasty can correct sagging eyelids, remove fatty pouches beneath the eyes and remove excess skin from the upper eyelids.  Eyelid surgery can take between one and two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.

Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery): If you have been wondering how nose surgery might change your looks, improve your self-confidence or your breathing, you should schedule a consultation.  Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, although a complicated procedure may take longer.  You will wear a small splint over your nose for a week or so.  Your nose and head will probably ache and your face will feel puffy.  After about three days, the swelling and bruising around your eyes will begin to subside.  It will be almost gone in about two weeks.  Some bleeding is common the first few days, along with some stuffiness that could last a few weeks.  It is recommended that you do not blow your nose for the first week.  After ten to twelve days all dressing, splints, and sutures should be removed and you can return to a normal life.  Strenuous activities, rubbing or bumping your nose should be avoided for several more weeks.

Liposuction (Body Sculpting): Liposuction surgery is performed to actually remove unwanted localized fat cells from the body.  One or two small stitches may be needed to close tiny incisions.  You will wear snug elastic dressing over the treated area for a few days, and you may be advised to wear it at night for a few weeks.  You will go home after the procedure and rest for at least 24 hours.  Mild pain relievers may be needed along with cold packs for a few days.  Most patients resume normal activities after two to four days.

Skin Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: Skin cancers can be safely removed with immediate examination of the tissues while the patient is in the operating room to be sure all cancer cells have been removed.  Reconstruction can be done by using fine, precise sutures, flaps or skin grafts to minimize scarring and provide a nice cosmetic result.

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