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Botox Basics

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Botox is an injectable used to target wrinkles created by the contraction of facial muscle groups of the upper face. Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Botox works by preventing the release of a chemical messenger, acetylcholine, at the junction between the nerves and muscles. Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. By preventing the release of acetylcholine, Botox lessens the movement of specific muscles of the face that cause wrinkles.

Botox is also used off label to treat over 20 different medical conditions, including migraines, semi facial spasm, masseter hypertrophy, and severe sweating. Current research is even looking at the effect of Botox treatment on depression.

The areas that are treated most often with Botox include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows (glabella), and the crows feet (on the side of the eyes). The goal is to soften these tell-tale stigmata of aging without leaving the face looking flat and emotionless. This can be a difficult needle to thread. If done correctly, however, Botox can make the face look younger and more relaxed, raise the eyebrows, and make the eyes look more open.

Continued treatment with Botox will prevent the formation or the worsening of the etched-in horizontal lines of the forehead and the vertical lines between the eyes (the 11’s). Combination treatment of Botox with laser treatments or peels can help smooth deeper, etched-in lines that may persist with Botox treatments alone.

 

Botox Before and After

Botox Before and After – 7 Days (courtesy Allergan)

 

Botox is injected using a very fine needle into the affected areas. Most patients experience little discomfort and by the time they return home or to the office any redness or swelling has disappeared. The affect of Botox begins to be noticed at 2 – 5 days after treatment. Botox lasts for about 3-6 months, however, the exact timeframe is patient specific. Most patients end up coming in for a Botox treatment every 4 months.
 
Botox is a low risk, high impact products that allow for non-surgical rejuvenation of the face. In otherwise healthy patients, injections with Botox are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. Botox can be used alone or concert with fillers or combined more invasive surgical facial rejuvenation such as a facelift or blepharoplasty. Dr. David Tauber and DeLuca Plastic Surgery tailor all of these services to each individual patient.

DeLucaPlastic Surgery Botox new patient price is $10 per-unit (1st session).

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Do I Really Need A Tummy Tuck?

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What Happens to My Belly During Pregnancy?

The pregnant abdomen undergoes many changes as the growing fetus and weight gain associated with pregnancy stretches the abdominal skin and underlying musculature. Delivery of the baby releases this pressure and the skin and muscles are able to start retracting back to their normal size. Often, however, the skin and the muscles often remain stretched – making post-baby physical recovery difficult as new-moms are faced with excess, hanging skin, stretch marks, and a post-baby bulge.

Post Baby Belly Picture

Stretch Marks, Loose, Hanging Skin, and A Post-Baby Bulge After Pregnancy

For these moms, a typical full tummy tuck (full abdominoplasty) is offered to flatten and reduce excess skin and stretch marks from both above and below the belly button and tighten the abdominal muscles. The trade off, however, is a scar in the bikini line that extends hip to hip and a scar around the belly button.

Do I really need a full tummy tuck? – Why not just liposuction or the “mini tuck?”

This is the number one question patients ask when they come in looking to get their pre-baby(s) body back. Most often, patients are hoping to only need some liposuction or a mini-tuck to address their concerns.

Liposuction is body-contouring procedure that reduces fat from under the skin through small stab incisions using small cannulas. It is used to address trouble spots throughout the body. The overall success of the procedure depends on the skin retracting back after the fat is reduced. The ideal candidates are young patients with good quality, elastic skin who are targeting stubborn areas resistant to diet and exercise.

A mini abdominoplasty (or mini-tuck) is a fine-tuning tummy-tuck that reduces a small amount of lax skin from below the belly button. It is tailored to a small subset of patients who have no abdominal wall laxity, no excess skin above the belly button, and only a small pouch of excess skin and fat below the belly button.

Mini Tummy Tuck Diagram

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

Unfortunately, most women have too much excess skin and laxity in their belly muscles to benefit from liposuction or a mini-tuck alone.

How can I see what surgery may be right for me? – “The Mirror Test.”

An easy way to know if you need a full tummy tuck is to look for the following things while naked and standing in front of the mirror.

  • From the front, do you have stretch marks around your belly button? When you pinch your skin, is it thick and snappy or is it thin and crepey?
  • Front the side do you see skin that hangs, creating an extra fold(s) (perhaps you have to “tuck” this extra skin into your underwear or pants)? When you flex your belly muscles, does your belly still bulge?

If you answer “Yes!” to any of these questions, you will probably need a full tummy tuck.

What is a “FULL” tummy tuck?

The full tummy tuck (full abdominoplasty) operation is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia and begins with elevating a layer of belly skin and fat; separating it from the belly muscles all the way up to the ribs. During this dissection, the belly button is separated from the surround skin and left attached to the belly wall. The skin and fat is pulled down tight and the excess skin and fat is reduced. The abdominal muscles are then sutured together to reduce the laxity (plication). Finally, the belly button is brought out to the surface through a new hole in the skin (transposition) and the incisions are closed over drains.

Full Tummy Tuck Diagram

Full Tummy Tuck Surgery

How is recovery from a full tummy tuck?

As with any surgery, the pain after a full tummy tuck is usually worse in the 2-3 days immediately after surgery and tends to improve after that. Management of pain is usually through a combination of narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications taken by mouth, oral medications that lessen muscle spasm, and long acting local anesthetics injected during surgery or infused from a small pump.

Post-operatively, patients are placed into an abdominal binder with smoothing foam backing. Patients wear this until about a week after the drains are removed (usually around 3 weeks after surgery). Dr. Tauber then recommends patients transition to a Spanx OnCore Firm Control Open-Bust Bodysuit (available on Amazon) for smoothing compression for the next month.

The ability to return to work and everyday activities is variable and depends on many factors including the type of work, the pain tolerance of the patient, and the extent of the procedures. Most patients are ready to return to their lives in 2 weeks.

Pre and Post Mommy Makeover (Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift)

Pre and Post Mommy Makeover (Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift)

What about my breasts?

Deflated, drooping breasts after childbearing and breast-feeding are a common complaint. These patients are offered a combination of a breast lift and / or augmentation with an abdominoplasty – coined a “mommy makeover.” Other combinations include abdominoplasty and liposuction and abdominoplasty and Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery tailors all of these operations to each individual patient.

More info on mommy makeover.

More info on liposuction.

More info on Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).

Dr. Tauber’s post-operative recommendations.

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Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery

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Post-operative care after surgery helps patients achieve their optimal results. Most surgical patients experience some bruising and swelling that usually peaks at 3 days from surgery. Careful surgical technique, however, minimizes the bruising and swelling for most patients.

Peri-Operative Care

To encourage healing after face, nose or eyelid surgery, we utilize a Thera Pearl Face Mask
unique regimen of post-operative care that begins with copious icing and head elevation. To make icing easier, we recommend the TheraPearl Reusable Hot & Cold Therapy Face or Eye Mask. These masks utilize gel beads to better focus the cooling effect of the mask. Elevation of the head can be achieved by sleeping on a couple pillows, however, the Brentwood Home Zuma Therapeutic Foam Bed Wedge Pillow makes it easier and more comfortable to maintain the elevation in any sleeping position.

In addition to these therapies, for all surgeries we recommend most patients take anti-bruising supplements, such as SinEcch (Arnica Montana) and Bruizex (Bromelain), starting before surgery and continuing for about a month after surgery.

For Rhinoplasty patients, external taping with 3M Brand SteriStrips is sometimes used to help control swelling and to encourage the skin to “shrink-wrap” down around the refined nasal framework.

Scar Management Strategies

At about 10 – 14 days after surgery, post-operative scar management strategies are begun. These include the use of sunscreen, such as Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen, to keep the incisions from getting too pink, gentle massage of the incisions and operative area, to encourage blood flow and to keep the scars from getting too raised, and the use of a silicone based scar gel, such as ScarAway 100% Silicone Self Drying Scar Repair Gel, to help encourage optimal scar maturation. These strategies are continued for the full scar maturation period of 9 months to a year.

By following these post-operative care recommendations, patients of Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery often recover quickly, experience less bruising and swelling, and can return to work or social engagements in 2-3 weeks.

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Rhinoplasty (Cosmetic Nose Surgery) Basics

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What is a Rhinoplasty?

A cosmetic rhinoplasty is a surgery that reduces and repositions tissue in the nose for better aesthetics. This often involves straightening the dorsal profile, reducing dorsal humps, reshaping the tip, and possibly narrowing the width of the nose.

For a nose that is lacking projection and definition, grafting techniques may be needed to build up projection of the tip and strengthen the dorsum.

The decision the type of surgery, however, is based on the patient’s anatomy and patient’s preferences.

These are big movements that are often intended to create subtle, millimeter changes to the shape of the nose once it heals. The thickness of the nose skin can affect the overall result, however, an improvement can be obtained for most patients.

Anatomy of A Rhinoplasty

Anatomy of A Rhinoplasty

What is the recovery like?

The postoperative time for most rhinoplasty patients is often fraught with trepidation.

During a rhinoplasty, the skin and soft tissues are often completely separated from the underlying bone and cartilage framework. The framework is modified and the skin is laid back down. After a rhinoplasty the nose swells from the trauma of surgery and the tissues become edematous. This makes the normally pliable skin firm and causes the nose to take on a “swollen” appearance in the first few weeks after surgery.

This swelling and firmness cause the tip to rotate, the dorsum to appear rounded, and the columella to swell and bow out from under the nose. As the initial swelling settles out over the first few weeks, the dorsum begins to settle, the tip starts to soften, and the columella swelling begins to dissipate.

The nose continues to settle over the next few months as the edema finally escapes and the soft tissues adapt to their new underlying framework. It may take 9 months to a year to see a final result.

Post-operative care after nose surgery helps patients achieve their optimal results. To encourage healing we utilize a unique regimen of post-operative care including icing, head elevation, supplements to decrease bruising, and silicone gel scar management.

What surgery is right for me?

A detailed examination will help delineate the best surgical treatment. The goal of a a rhinoplasty is to create an aesthetic nose with the size, shape, and projection that is desired by the patient.

During your consultation, measurements of the nose are used as a starting point to recommend a surgery. For some patients, digital computer simulations are used to help visualize the likely result.

Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery tailors the operation to each individual patient.

Dr. Tauber’s post-operative recommendations.

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Breast Augmentation Basics

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What is a breast augmentation?

A breast augmentation (insertion of implants) is often performed to replace volume lost from weight loss, breast-feeding, or age or to increase the size of the breast for aesthetic reasons.  It is most appropriate for patients with breasts that don’t sag (normal ptosis). In patients with breasts that sag, the need for a lift is determined by your current nipple position and the quality of your tisssue.

The implants can be placed over (sub-muscular) or under (sub-glandular) the pectoralis muscle. Advantages to sub-muscular implants include a lower risk of capsular contracture, lower chance of rippling, better coverage in thin women, and perhaps a more natural upper pole contour. Implants placed under the muscle can, however, be influenced by the contraction of the pectoralis muscle – especially in very athletic women.

Implant Position - Above and Below the Muscle

Native Breast, Sub-Glandular Implant, and Sub-Muscular Implant

Implants placed over the muscle, in contrast, are more visible. This results in larger looking augmentation and a sharper transition between the natural breast and the edges of the implant resulting in a more done look. Additionally, in thin women, the folding of the implant in the sub glandular pocket can manifest as rippling of the skin.

There are a variety of implant types, shapes, and styles and the implants are most often inserted through one of two different small incisions. These include 1) an incision around the lower half of the nipple areola (peri-areolar), or 2) an incision in the breast crease between the breast and the chest wall (infra-mammary incision). The choice of incision is based on multiple factors including surgeon preference, patient preference, patient anatomy, and / or type of implant.

Breast Implant Incisions: Periareolar and Inframmammary

Breast Implant Incisions

What is the recovery like?

After surgery, the breasts swell from the trauma of surgery and the tissues become edematous. This combined with the tightness of the skin and the squeeze of the pectorals muscle on the implant can give the implants a high and flat appearance as the round implants are squeezed like a pancake against the chest.

As the swelling subsides and the tissues begin to stretch from the weight of implants, the breasts begin to settle. Over the next few months, the implants settle and the soft tissue and pectoralis muscle relax. The shape changes from high and tight to lower and fuller as the implants round out and more of the implant is in position to provide lower pole projection.

This “drop and fluff” often occurs over the first few months after surgery as the edema finally escapes and the soft tissues relax. This process is often asymmetric as the breasts relax and settle at their own rates. It will take 3 to 6 months to see a final result – although for some patients this process occurs faster.

What surgery is right for me?

A detailed examination will help delineate the best surgical treatment. The goal of a breast augmentation is to create an aesthetic breast with the size, shape, and projection that is desired by the patient. The decision the type of surgery and the size, shape, and position of the implants is based on the patient’s anatomy, the type and size of the implant, and patients preferences.

During your consultation, measurements of the breasts are used as a starting point to recommend a surgery and in-office sizing and digital three-dimensional computer simulations are used to help guide your implant choices.

Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery tailors the operation to each individual patient.

More info on breast lifts.

More info on mommy makeovers and tummy tucks.

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Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Basics

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What is a breast lift?

A breast lift (mastopexy) is powerful procedure that can lift the nipple, reduce excess skin, and reshape the breasts to sit higher on the chest in a more youthful position. A breast lift is appropriate for patients with breasts that are adequately sized but saggy; but can also be done in combination with an implant to add volume (breast lift – augmentation), to adjust for asymmetry, or to improve unusually shaped breasts (tuberous breasts).

The gold-standard method of assessing the need for a breast lift is the “pencil test.” Standing in front of a mirror, lift the breast and lay a pencil in the fold under the breast and allow the breast to settle over the pencil. Look at the position of the nipple in relation to the pencil.

Pencil Test For Determining Degree of Breast Ptosis

Pencil Test For Breast Ptosis

The lower the nipples and breast are below the pencil and the more excess skin you have, the greater the chance you will need a breast lift and the more of a breast lift you will need. If your nipple and a majority of your breast are at or above the pencil (Normal), you will likely get a great result from a breast augmentation alone. Larger implants can shift this equation slightly for patients that have borderline ptosis (Grade 1).

The trade off with a breast lift, is a scar on the breast around the nipple with a possible extension down towards the breast crease creating a lollipop or possibly an inverted “T” pattern. The choice of incision is based on multiple factors including patient anatomy, surgeon preference, and patient preference.

Breast Lift Incisions: Peri-Areolar, Lollipop, and Inverted "T"

Breast Lift Incisions: Peri-Areolar, Lollipop, and Inverted “T”

What surgery is right for me?

A detailed examination will help delineate the best surgical treatment. The goal of a breast breast lift is to create an aesthetic breast with the size, shape, and projection that is desired by the patient. The decision about the type of surgery and, if needed, the size, shape, and position of the implants is based on the patient’s anatomy, the type and size of the implant, and patient’s preferences.

During your consultation, measurements of the breasts are used as a starting point to recommend a surgery and in-office sizing and digital three-dimensional computer simulations are used to help guide your implant choices.

Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery tailors the operation to each individual patient.

Dr. Tauber’s post-operative recommendations.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Basics

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What is a “FULL” tummy tuck?

The full tummy tuck (full abdominoplasty) operation is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia and begins with elevating a layer of belly skin and fat; separating it from the belly muscles all the way up to the ribs. During this dissection, the belly button is separated from the surround skin and left attached to the belly wall. The skin and fat is pulled down tight and the excess skin and fat is removed. The abdominal muscles are then sutured together to remove the laxity (plication). Finally, the belly button is brought out to the surface through a new hole in the skin (transposition) and the incisions are closed over drains.

Full Tummy Tuck Diagram

Full Tummy Tuck Surgery

How can I see what surgery may be right for me? – “The Mirror Test.”

An easy way to know if you need a full tummy tuck is to look for the following things while naked and standing in front of the mirror.

  • From the front, do you have stretch marks around your belly button? When you pinch your skin, is it thick and snappy or is it thin and crepey?
  • Front the side do you see skin that hangs, creating an extra fold(s) (perhaps you have to “tuck” this extra skin into your underwear or pants)? When you flex your belly muscles, does your belly still bulge?

If you answer “Yes!” to any of these questions, you will probably need a full tummy tuck.

How is recovery from a full tummy tuck?

As with any surgery, the pain after a full tummy tuck is usually worse in the 2-3 days immediately after surgery and tends to improve after that. Management of pain is usually through a combination of narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications taken by mouth, oral medications that lessen muscle spasm, and long acting local anesthetics injected during surgery or infused from a small pump.

Post-operatively, patients are placed into an abdominal binder with smoothing foam backing. Patients wear this until about a week after the drains are removed (usually around 3 weeks after surgery). Dr. Tauber then recommends patients transition to a Spanx OnCore Firm Control Open-Bust Bodysuit (available on Amazon) for smoothing compression for the next month.

The ability to return to work and everyday activities is variable and depends on many factors including the type of work, the pain tolerance of the patient, and the extent of the procedures. Most patients are ready to return to their lives in 2 weeks.

Dr. Tauber’s post-operative recommendations.

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Mommy Makeover – Get Your Body Back

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What Is A Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of surgeries aimed at reversing the changes the body undergoes during pregnancy.

What Happens to My Belly During Pregnancy?

The pregnant abdomen undergoes many changes as the growing fetus and weight gain associated with pregnancy stretches the abdominal skin and underlying muscles. Delivery of the baby releases this pressure and the skin and muscles are able to start retracting back to their normal size. Often, however, the skin and the muscles often remain stretched – making post-baby physical recovery difficult as new-moms are faced with excess, hanging skin, stretch marks, and a post-baby bulge.

Post Baby Belly Picture

Stretch Marks, Loose, Hanging Skin, and A Post-Baby Bulge After Pregnancy

For these moms, a mommy makeover includes a typical full tummy tuck (full abdominoplasty) is offered to flatten and remove excess skin and stretch marks from both above and below the belly button and tighten the abdominal muscles. The trade off, however, is a scar in the bikini line that extends hip to hip and a scar around the belly button.

Do I really need a full tummy tuck? – Why not just liposuction or the “mini tuck?”

This is the number one question patients ask when they come in looking to a mommy makeover to get their pre-baby(s) body back. Most often, patients are hoping to only need some liposuction or a mini-tuck to address their concerns.

Liposuction is body-contouring procedure that removes fat from under the skin through small stab incisions using small cannulas. It is used to address trouble spots throughout the body. The overall success of the procedure depends on the skin retracting back after the fat is removed. The ideal candidates are young patients with good quality, elastic skin who are targeting stubborn areas resistant to diet and exercise.

A mini abdominoplasty (or mini-tuck) is a fine-tuning tummy-tuck that removes a small amount of lax skin from below the belly button. It is tailored to a small subset of patients who have no abdominal wall laxity, no excess skin above the belly button, and only a small pouch of excess skin and fat below the belly button.

Mini Tummy Tuck Diagram

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

Unfortunately, most women looking to have a mommy makeover have too much excess skin and laxity in their belly muscles to benefit from liposuction or a mini-tuck alone.

How can I see what surgery may be right for me? – “The Mirror Test.”

An easy way to know if your mommy makeover  will include a full tummy tuck is to look for the following things while naked and standing in front of the mirror.

  • From the front, do you have stretch marks around your belly button? When you pinch your skin, is it thick and snappy or is it thin and crepey?
  • Front the side do you see skin that hangs, creating an extra fold(s) (perhaps you have to “tuck” this extra skin into your underwear or pants)? When you flex your belly muscles, does your belly still bulge?

If you answer “Yes!” to any of these questions, you will probably need a full tummy tuck as part of your mommy makeover.

What is a “FULL” tummy tuck?

The full tummy tuck (full abdominoplasty) operation is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia and begins with elevating a layer of belly skin and fat; separating it from the belly muscles all the way up to the ribs. During this dissection, the belly button is separated from the surround skin and left attached to the belly wall. The skin and fat is pulled down tight and the excess skin and fat is removed. The abdominal muscles are then sutured together to remove the laxity (plication). Finally, the belly button is brought out to the surface through a new hole in the skin (transposition) and the incisions are closed over drains.

Full Tummy Tuck Diagram

Full Tummy Tuck Surgery

How is recovery from a full tummy tuck?

As with any surgery, the pain after a mommy makeover with a full tummy tuck is usually worse in the 2-3 days immediately after surgery and tends to improve after that. Management of pain is usually through a combination of narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications taken by mouth, oral medications that lessen muscle spasm, and long acting local anesthetics injected during surgery or infused from a small pump.

Post-operatively, patients are placed into an abdominal binder with smoothing foam backing. Patients wear this until about a week after the drains are removed (usually around 3 weeks after surgery). Dr. Tauber then recommends patients transition to a Spanx OnCore Firm Control Open-Bust Bodysuit (available on Amazon) for smoothing compression for the next month.

The ability to return to work and everyday activities is variable and depends on many factors including the type of work, the pain tolerance of the patient, and the extent of the procedures. Most patients are ready to return to their lives in 2 weeks.

Pre and Post Mommy Makeover (Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift)

Pre and Post Mommy Makeover (Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift)

What about my breasts?

Deflated, drooping breasts after childbearing and breast-feeding are a common complaint. Mommy makeover patients are offered a combination of a breast lift and / or augmentation with an abdominoplasty. Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery tailors all of these operations to each individual patient.

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Deciding On Your Best Option: Mid Facelift vs. Mini Facelift

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Facelift before and after photo- Deluca Plastic SurgeryThere are multiple types of facelifts; determining which procedure is right for you can be difficult. We want to help our patients make the right choices concerning their personal appearance, so we’re going to help you select a procedure that will benefit you the most. Specifically, let’s examine the differences between a Mid Facelift and a Mini Lift. These two techniques are somewhat similar, so distinguishing which one is for you will be dependent on factors unique to each individual.

Mid Facelift

Mid facelifts are focused on raising the soft tissues of the cheekbone area. The ideal patient for this technique is usually in their 40s and experiencing the early signs of aging. This middle area of the face flattens, becoming less full and “puffy.” The cheeks sag downwards, creating a hollow appearance underneath the eyelids. The nasolabial folds, commonly called “smile lines,” begin to fold over and droop. For patients without significant sagging of the jowls and neck skin, this procedure is used as an alternative to the traditional full facelift. Incisions are made along the hairline and inside the mouth, allowing us to vertically re-position the fatty cheek tissue. This restores the cheeks to a more risen and youthful look, significantly improving their roundness and appearance. Recovery is also relatively faster than a full procedure.

Mini Lift

Mini facelifts, like the mid lift, focus on the cheekbone area, and are viable alternatives to the traditional full facelift for individuals experiencing symptoms of early aging. Just like its name implies, it can be considered a temporary version of a traditional full lift procedure. The Mini Lift is primarily a much less invasive technique that avoids heavy dissection; incisions are made near the hairline around or behind the ear, where scars will be hidden in the natural folds of the skin. From there, an endoscope and sutures can be used to re-adjust the soft tissues underneath the skin. This procedure would be ideal for younger individuals looking for a way to offset the effects of early aging as they begin to take root.

Deciding For Yourself

Understanding the types of facelifts available will assist you tremendously in making your decision. Be sure to take these details into consideration first: the elasticity of your skin in the neck and jowls, the bagginess of the cheeks or skin under the eyes and the intended length of results you hope to achieve. If these symptoms aren’t severe and you’re still relatively young, a Mini lift might be right for you. Otherwise, a standard lift or mid lift may be appropriate. It’s important for your health and your appearance to understand the options available and which one suits you best.

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