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Facelift Before a Cruise?

November 7th, 2011

My husband and I are going on a cruise for New Year’s, is it too late to get a facelift?

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.  Assuming you are a good candidate for surgery, having the surgery now provides adequate recovery time for recovery before traveling.

It is important to remember a couple of things.   First of all, it is never wise to plan elective surgery too close to a big event because there is often significant stress involved.   Adequate preparation time for surgery and recovery help alleviate this added stress.  We have several of my patients who wrote 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, will enable you to look and feel your best.   Allowing plenty of time for recovery assures a natural and rejuvenated look, so you will look and feel great in time for the New Year’s Eve toast on the ship!

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Facelift: What’s in a Name?

March 15th, 2011

What’s in a name?   I find it interesting that new terms used for cosmetic surgery procedures may often gloss over the seriousness of the surgery.   The current euphemisms being used for a facelift are prime examples.    As a result of this new terminology, I find patients do not want to hear that they need a facelift to correct their jowls or turkey neck.   They prefer to hear  words  like facial rejuvenation, mini-lift, lower facelift, lunch-time lift, short incision facelift, short recovery facelift or better still (my favorite) the non-surgical facelift!   A market driven economy has helped to put a happy face on anti-aging procedures, by trivializing this surgery to increase profits.

According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,  there were about 95,000 performed last year.  Regardless of the trendy name, surgery is serious business.   There is an element  of swelling and bruising after facelift surgery, as with most facial procedures.   It is difficult to cover or hide during the initial recovery period.   For this reason, many patients choose not to be seen while they are recovering from a facelift.   In a culture where youthful beauty is celebrated, few of us want to submit eagerly to the effects of aging.   Surprisingly some patients are not self-conscience in the least and continue with all their social engagements.

Facelifts are also combined with many other facial procedures (nose surgery, eyelid surgery, facial implants, chemical and laser peels, and forehead lifts).   When procedures are added to a facelift, it increases the amount and duration of swelling following surgery.   Combining surgeries also increases risk factors.   Because of the additional safety concerns, I strongly discourage patients from combining surgeries in my own practice.


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