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Pre-Wedding Facelift

August 17th, 2011

My daughter’s wedding is this November, when should I have a facelift to look my best?

Now!   Modern facelift techniques have a relatively short recovery period, so most patients are out and about in six to seven days after surgery.   However, the initial swelling and healing period following the surgery lasts for about 6 to 8 weeks.     Having the surgery in September, you should look great in time for the wedding in November.

It is important to remember a of couple things.   First of all, as mother of the bride, there is often significant stress involved in helping to plan a family wedding.   Adequate preparation time for surgery and recovery help alleviate any last minute uneasiness.  We have several of my patients writing blog diaries about their own experience having a facelift.  Use our Search Feature at the bottom right side of the page to read them, some include actual surgery footage.

Secondly, it is your responsibility to follow before and after instructions carefully for facelift surgery.   A smooth recovery often rests on patients following doctor’s orders following surgery.   The detailed instructions that I give to my patients are designed to reduce the risks of complications and offer the best insurance for a speedy recovery.   Finally, completing facelift surgery at least 6 to 8 weeks before any big event, such as a wedding, will enable you to look and feel your best.   Allowing plenty of time for recovery assures a natural and rejuvenated look for the wedding.   My guess is that you are going to look great in all the family photographs!

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Reader Question: Fat Injections for Breasts

July 6th, 2011

Kelly writes:

So, what is the difference between the procedure of the ’80s and the procedure now? What would be the cost difference between this procedure and “traditional” breast implants? Is it dependent upon the amount of lipo done? Would it sort of be a “2 for 1″ deal?

Liposuction fat is now harvested with better survivability after placement, compared to the earlier technique.   It is also injected as thin threads throughout the breast instead of a large volume in one spot.   There are promising studies that indicate possible stem cell rejuvenation with fat transfer.

Positive improvements in technology include developments such as, fat graft injections interfere less than implants, increased mammogram and radiological expertise.   Once the procedure is completed there are no further maintenance costs, as may often be the case with implants.

There are additional benefits of losing inches from liposuction of the hips, thighs, and/or abdomen prior to the fat transfer.   The cost is not a “two-fer,” it is more like a one-and-a-half-er!   Prices will vary according to the location of metropolitan area. Liposuction recovery may take up to 6 weeks depending on volume removed, whereas complete healing for the breast fat grafting is upwards from about 9 months to a year.  The results are permanent.   The procedure is sometimes referred to as a natural breast enhancement.



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