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Plastic surgery for the face means far more than just facelift surgery. Today, patients who are interested in refreshing their face and treating the effects of facial aging have more options than they may even realize. The expert plastic surgeons here at Atlanta Plastic Surgery perform a wide variety of cosmetic surgery procedures for the face. To help people get more acquainted with your options and what specific areas of the face they can help address, our surgeons have answered a few common questions about the plastic surgery procedures for the face that we perform.
Question #1: What makes someone a good candidate for a forehead lift?
Forehead lift surgery (also known as a brow lift), is intended to help patients who wish to address the upper portion of the face, specifically the area above the eyes. Good candidates for a forehead lift are people who experience visible signs of aging in this area, including excess skin, frown lines or furrows between the eyebrows, or low eyebrow positioning that creates a tired or grumpy appearance. Patients should be in good health and have a positive mentality regarding their surgery.
Question #2: Is there a way for men to address the appearance of jowls or a double chin with cosmetic surgery?
Absolutely. This is a very common aesthetic concern for men, especially as they get a little older. For men only needing improvement of the double chin, we may perform a neck lift only. We typically recommend facelift surgery for men who want to rejuvenate the lower portion of their face and neck. Depending on the specific needs of each patient, we may perform a full facelift or just a lower male facelift in these scenarios.
Question #3: How much recovery time should I expect following fat transfer injections to the face?
Recovery after fat transfer is typically pretty straightforward. Most people can return to their regular routine within a day or two. Although we may recommend holding off on any extensive exercise or work for one week depending on the extensiveness of your procedure. Some degree of swelling and bruising around the injection area should be expected in the days following your procedure, but this will subside. Swelling can persist in some cases for up to 2-3 weeks and obscure the results of your treatment until this passes. We will discuss your recovery in more depth during the pre-procedure consultation.
We always take pride in being able to answer questions like this for our patients. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery at one of our Atlanta, Midtown, Cumming, or Canton area locations. And don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for additional plastic surgery tips, news, photos, and much more.
Every type of surgery, including cosmetic procedures like breast enhancement, come with some degree of risk of complications. That’s simply the nature of the surgical process. As plastic surgery experts and educators, we at Atlanta Plastic Surgery always do what we can to make sure our patients are aware of such things before any procedure has taken place. Today, we wanted to speak more specifically about what patients should know about potential breast surgery complications.
Before we go too far into this discussion, we wanted to reiterate the truth about breast implant complications, which is that they are actually very rare. That doesn’t mean that women considering breast augmentation, or those who have already undergone the procedure, shouldn’t be aware of potential complications and how they can affect their results over time. We just didn’t want to scare anyone off by thinking these issues were more common than they are in reality.
Breast Implant Complications to Know:
Capsular Contracture – The most common complication associated with breast enhancement, capsular contracture results from scar tissue forming and hardening around a breast implant. This new scar tissue can tighten around an implant, leading to an uncomfortable hardening of the affected breast.
Implant Rippling – Unlike capsular contracture, breast implant rippling is a purely cosmetic complication. However, it can still be a nuisance. When the tissue overlying the implant begins to stick to the implant, it can lead to rippling of the implant that can affect how the breast looks.
Implant Displacement – Positioning of the breasts after surgery is just as critical as size or shape. However, breast implants can become displaced, either naturally over a long period of time, or as a result of a specific trauma or even capsular contracture.
Bottoming Out – Bottoming out occurs when a breast implant begins to descend toward the lower pole of the breast, increasing the distance between the nipple and inframammary crease. This can make the upper pole of the breast appear flat and the nipple to appear too high.
In the event that a complication does occur, patients have options. This includes the removal and/or replacement of an original breast implant in a procedure known as breast revision surgery. No matter the patient’s needs, our expert plastic surgeons take pride in communicating all of our patients options and helping them work towards the most fitting solution possible. For more information or if you would like to schedule a plastic surgery consultation at one of our Atlanta area locations, contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery today. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for additional plastic surgery tips and news and much more.
Body contouring refers to a number of cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, used to reshape parts of the body, remove fat and tighten skin. Body contouring can target various parts of the body including: arms, back, abdomen, love handles, buttocks, neck, and chin and thighs. Procedures can be combined or done separately.
What types of procedures are involved in body contouring?
Body contouring can involve both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Two popular fat reduction procedures includes liposuction and lipolysis. Liposuction is a procedure in which a thin tube is inserted into the area under the skin, but above the muscle and the fat is removed through suction. Lipolysis is a non-surgical procedures that uses either heat, cold or lasers to destroy fat cells. Other surgical procedures can include a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm lift (brachioplasty), breast lift and a thigh lift. These surgical procedures may also be combined with liposuction.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for body contouring?
Good candidates for body contouring are patients who are at their desired weight and can maintain it and some of these patients may also have excess sagging skin and fat as well as muscle laxity in some cases. Patients should be in general good health, non-smokers and have a stable weight.
What about recovery time?
Recovery time for body contouring surgery varies based on the type of procedure, but can take two to six weeks. The exception to this would be non-surgical Lipolysis option. Surgeons recommend grouping body contouring procedures if possible, in order to limit recovery down time and also reduce stress on your body from repeated anesthesia. Obviously a non-surgical procedure such as Lipolysis will have no recovery time, but generally cannot produce the type of results that a surgical procedure like liposuction or tummy tuck can. Following surgery, be sure to follow all directions from your surgeon and attend all follow up appointments. In general you should avoid strenuous activity and take all medications prescribed by your surgeon.
We’re always happy to help educate and reassure our patients. For more information on this topic and any other plastic surgery procedures we perform. To schedule a consultation appointment today, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery at one of our Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Northside/Sandy Springs, and Cumming/Forsyth area locations. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for additional plastic surgery tips, news, photos, and much more.