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3 Things To Tell Your Stylist (after having facial cosmetic surgery)

February 24th, 2015

Hair GraphicAt our goal is for you to look better naturally. We want you to feel more confident in your skin without looking like you’ve changed your identity! Because we want to give you the most natural results, other people in your life may not realize you’ve had cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons and salon professionals have one goal in common: we want you to look more beautiful. So if you are visiting your stylist (aesthetician, hair guru or makeup artist) for the first time after having facial cosmetic surgery, please consider sharing a little bit of information with them…            

  1. Tell them how you feel. Healing takes time and each person is different in the way they heal. Although you may feel well enough to go back to most activities of daily living just a few days after surgery, your body is still healing and there may be areas of your face and scalp that are still sensitive to the touch. Share this information with your stylist so that she/he may take necessary precautions to keep you safe and comfortable during your treatments.          
  2. Show them your scars. Scars are necessary for surgery but we aim to place scars in areas of your body where they will be hidden by natural skin creases, hair and/or light make-up. The average scar takes six weeks to reach 80% of its maximum strength, so if you have recent scars from facial surgery, please let your stylist know so that she/he may protect healing skin from further stress.
  3. Tell them about changes in sensation. Temporary changes in sensation are common after surgery. These changes may take up to six months to return to normal. During this time you may experience numbness and/or tingling in your face and scalp and you may not be able to carefully judge whether something is too hot or too cold. If you have residual numbness and/or tingling after facial surgery please share this information with your stylist and allow them to protect you from potentially damaging styling tools and products.
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Got Turkey Waddle?

November 26th, 2014

surgery to correct turkey neckThanksgiving is perhaps a time when the discussion of turkey has more than one meaning for cosmetic surgeons! “Turkey neck or turkey waddle”  commonly refers to the laxity or sagging of the neck. This may happen as a normal process of aging and usually occurs right along with other changes to the face.  As the laugh lines get longer and the jowls begin to hang, the laxity of aging neck skin causes it to begin to sag.  It requires a type of skin tightening procedure to get rid of the extra sagging skin. Cosmetic surgery is the most effective way to correct a sagging jowls that appear like a turkey waddle neck.

Simple liposuction is not enough when significant loose skin is apparent, sometimes causing a bothersome appearance. I generally recommend a facelift to correct the neck for two reasons. The primary indicators of aging are reflected in jowls and prominent laugh lines.   These changes most often appear as part of a less youthful facial appearance and are easily corrected with a facelift.   Secondly, the most effective and long-lasting skin tightening remedy is best accomplished by rotating the skin up toward the ears, in combination with facelift procedures to address jowls. Patients that choose this surgery report feeling better about having a more “refreshed” facial appearance. Our goal is to provide patients with a natural, youthful appearance, while avoiding the overly stretched abnormal look that Hollywood seems to embrace.

Photo: Courtesy of North Carolina State University, Cooperative Ext.

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