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Facelift Recovery – What to Expect

Facelift Recovery – What to Expect

If your face is beginning to show signs of aging and you’re feeling much less confident in your appearance, a facelift could provide you with a more youthful look and give you back the confidence you’ve lost.
However, before committing to having a facelift procedure, it’s important to consider recovery and gain an idea on how to properly recover. We’ve put together a facelift recovery guide to give you an insight into what to expect.

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that focuses on tightening and smoothing out sagging skin on the face and jaw. The aim of the procedure is to provide the patient with a more youthful appearance.
During the facelift procedure, incisions are made in different areas of the face, excess soft tissue is removed and the remaining skin is tightened.

Immediately after facelift surgery

Once the procedure has been completed, your surgeon may apply a large bandage around your face to reduce swelling and you might have a drainage tube inserted through an incision behind the ear. The drainage tube removes excess fluid and prevents blood from collecting underneath the skin.

In the hours after having a facelift, you will have some pain and discomfort and some swelling and bruising around the incision sites. Pain relief will be administered by your surgeon in order to keep discomfort to a minimum and the pain will decrease over the next few days.
Try to keep the head elevated and still in the days after surgery as this will help to minimize swelling and will prevent any stiches being pulled out.

During the first week of recovery

The first day after surgery is the day you are likely to feel the most pain and discomfort. This is because the body will have started its healing process and the skin on your face will feel tender.
As well as pain killers being provided for the first few days of your recovery, your surgeon could also prescribe a dose of antibiotics to drastically reduce your chance of getting an infection.
Your surgeon will come and visit you around 24 hours post-surgery to check on you and make sure everything has gone well with the procedure. They will also supply you with a recovery plan that’s tailored specifically to your needs. This will outline what to avoid during recovery, how to ensure you heal correctly and any problems to look out for.

All heavy lifting and strenuous movement should be avoided and you should try to get plenty of rest. Sleeping improves healing so being well rested will decrease your recovery time.
Usually, stitches are removed between five and seven days after surgery and the results of your facelift will start to become visible.

Two weeks post-surgery

Although the procedure only consists of a small amount of incisions, adequate healing time is still needed in order to allow your body to heal properly. This is because, during the recovery period, you may experience swelling, tightness of the skin, numbness and bruising in the first two weeks post-surgery.
For a minimum of two weeks after having the procedure carried out, any dressings that have been applied to the incision sites should be kept dry and showering should be avoided unless approved by your surgeon.

Pain and discomfort should have subsided and swelling should have diminished completely.
In most cases, patients that have undergone a full facelift procedure can return to work and continue with daily life within two weeks. Some slight bruising may still be visible, however, the results of your surgery will clearly be visible.

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If you would like to book a consultation with Dr. Sinha and find out what results you could achieve with a full facelift, call our clinic on 404 – 256 – 5428 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

A Comprehensive Guide To Lip Enhancement

A Comprehensive Guide To Lip Enhancement

Lip injections are the perfect option for those that are unhappy with the fullness of their lips. Whether you have naturally thin lips, uneven lips, or your lips have lost volume with age, this simple procedure could be the solution for you. Lip injections provide immediate results that can range from subtle to dramatic. You can be confident in the doctor’s experience and knowledge at the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery to ensure that your procedure is successful and that you are pleased with your results.

What are Lip Injections

Lip injections are procedures that help to increase the volume and contour of your lips. The injections can be performed with three types of fillers. These fillers include fat injections, dermal fillers- such as Juvederm®, or soft synthetic implants. Dermal fillers may also be used to reduce laugh lines, which are wrinkles that begin at the corners of your lips and continue to each side of your nose.

Why Consider Lip Injections

Your lips may lose volume and contour due to age, heredity, or lifestyle. Injecting fillers into your lips will rejuvenate them to appear more youthful. You may also have naturally thin lips that fillers can plump up. In less common cases, just the upper or lower lip may be noticeably larger than the other. Injections can help to fill the thinner lip and give your lips a more even appearance.

Are You a Good Candidate for Lip Injections

Although lip injections are a fairly simple and non-risky procedure, there are some factors that may not make you a good candidate. Lip injections are not recommended if you are physically unhealthy or if you are a smoker. Another thought to consider before having this procedure is the length of your upper lip. If you have a long upper lip, injecting fillers into it may cause an unwanted duck-like appearance. Finally, you should make sure that you have reasonable expectations for the outcome of the injections.

Lip Injection Options and Procedures

Lip Enhancements

Lip injections for lip enhancement can be achieved from the three different fillers listed above- fat injections, synthetic implants, and dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are the most popular procedure for lip enhancements. The injections are an in-office treatment that only takes a few minutes. A topical anesthetic or nerve block will be applied in order decrease any discomfort. A dermal filler, such as Juvederm®, is then injected into the lips with a very fine needle. The dermal filler attaches to naturally occurring hyaluronic acid and water just below the skin, giving you a plumper and more youthful appearance.

Laugh Line Fillers

Wrinkles that appear around the corners of your lips are known as “laugh” or “smile” lines. These wrinkles result from age, smoking, squinting, and sun-damage. These lines can easily be reduced with the injection of dermal fillers. The dermal fillers add youthful volume to these areas of the face. These injections are done within minutes in the office. The filler is injected underneath the nasolabial fold, or laugh lines, which helps the skin to visibly move outward. This makes the wrinkle less deep giving the appearance of smoother skin. At the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery there are three reputable, safe, and effective brands of dermal fillers to choose from, Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Radiesse®.

Consultation

During your consultation your doctor will evaluate your face and lip shape. Your doctor will also ask you a number of questions specifically about the look that you want to achieve. This will ensure that you are left with the results that you desire. Then the surgeon will make their recommendations on which filler would be best for you. This is also the time to ask your doctor any questions that you may have about the procedure, recovery, possible side effects, or anything else you wish to know.

Recovery

After the procedure you may be left with swelling, redness, tenderness, bruising, and discomfort. Ice will help to reduce any swelling that can occur and over the counter pain relievers may be taken for any minor discomfort. This should improve within a few hours, but can last for up to a few days. With dermal injections you may return to normal activity within one day. You may have to limit talking, chewing, smiling, and sleeping on your stomach for at least 24 hours. Refraining from strenuous activity is recommended for up to a week. If you have any abnormal symptoms after your procedure, please reach out to your doctor.

Results

Laugh Line Fillers

The results of dermal fillers are a much more youthful and plump appearance of the skin around your lips and reduction of wrinkles. Although there is not a permanent solution for banishing laugh lines, dermal fillers have results that last from 1-3 years. Results may be affected by ageing of the skin.

Lip Enhancements

Lip enhancements leave you with more volume in your lips. Dermal injections are not a permanent fix to thin lips. The procedure must be repeated every 4-8 months to maintain the desired results. If you decide to not continue with the dermal injections, your lips will return to how they appeared before you received the fillers. This is often a comforting fact, because permanency can be scary to some when it comes to altering your appearance.

Cost

The cost of your procedure varies depending on the type of injections you choose and how much of the filler you would like to be injected. Costs for dermal injections are relatively low when compared to other forms of lip injections. For example the cost of implants may include surgeon fees, surgical security fees, anesthesia fees, medical tests, prescription medication, and post-surgery dresses. With dermal lip injections, such as Juvederm®, you avoid most of these extra costs.

Side Effects

There are many possible complications whenever something is being injected into the skin; but due to the small size of the needles used, complications are very rare. Side effects may include swelling, bruising, redness, asymmetry, tenderness, infection, bleeding, skin sensitivity, and allergic reaction. Another possible complication is that fillers can cause clumps due to facial movement and ageing. These clumps may result in nodules.

Whether or not to have lip injections is a very personal decision that the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery can help you with. We provide you with unmatched service, knowledge, and experience for these procedures to give you complete peace of mind.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our doctors!

Rhinoplasty Guide – Part 3 – How Rhinoplasty Surgery is Performed

Rhinoplasty Guide – Part 3 – How Rhinoplasty Surgery is Performed

Before a rhinoplasty is performed, you should be absolutely certain that you want to go ahead with the procedure because the results are permanent.

You should have had a detailed consultation with your surgeon in which your goals will have been outlined and the results you should expect were explained.

Having a detailed consultation is vital for both patients and surgeons because it allows them both to understand what can and will be achieved by having a rhinoplasty.

On the day of the surgery, make sure you don’t eat or drink anything unless advised otherwise. Once at hospital, the anesthesiologist will administer the correct dose of general anesthetic. Once the general anesthetic has sent you to sleep, you will be taken into the theatre where the surgery will take place.

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How Rhinoplasty Surgery is Performed

Rhinoplasty surgery is different to most other forms of cosmetic surgery in that there are several techniques used depending on the results the patient wants to achieve.

Nose surgery is performed under general anesthesia and can be combined with other forms of cosmetic surgery, such as facelift, brow lift or liposuction. A typical surgery will take between 30 minutes and 3 hours.

Prior to surgery, your face will be cleaned with an antibacterial solution. The incisions are then made so surgery can begin. Where exactly the incisions are made will also depend on the form of rhinoplasty surgery being performed.

For example if the aim of the nose surgery is to reduce the tip of the nose then the incisions will be made at the base of the septum. If the aim of the surgery is to reduce the width of the nostrils then the incisions can be made at the corners of the nostrils.

Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed either as an open or closed surgery. How it is performed is dependent on what changes are being made to the nose.

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In open rhinoplasty (nose surgery), the incisions are made in the bit of skin between the two nostrils. This allows the skin to then be peeled back so that the structure of the nose is revealed and can be operated on.

An open rhinoplasty tends to be used if the patient wants the nose drastically reducing or increasing in size and large bumps need to be removed. This type of rhinoplasty can is also used to correct the crookedness of a nose.

Most major rhinoplasty procedures are performed using this method. Once open rhinoplasty surgery is completed, a small scar, around 4-5 mm, will be visible underneath the septum. The scar would only be seen from certain angles and most people barely notice it.

During an open rhinoplasty, the structure of the nose is visible and more accessible than in closed rhinoplasty. This means that the surgeon can perform the procedure with more accuracy and precision.

In closed rhinoplasty the incisions are made within the nostrils. The same concept of open rhinoplasty applies however, closed rhinoplasties don’t leave any visible scars. This option is preferred by people that don’t want to have a scar on show.

Having a closed rhinoplasty will result in less bruising and swelling than an open rhinoplasty and the procedure is usually quicker to complete.

If the aim of the rhinoplasty surgery is to either thin or widen the structure of the nose, then a surgical hammer and chisel will be used to break the bones in the nose so they can be restructured. This is a very precise process and can be used to achieve the exact type of nose shape that’s desired.

Whatever type of rhinoplasty surgery you have, the surgeon will make sure that the scars are as inconspicuous as possible.

Once any reshaping/restructuring has been done, the incisions will be sutured.

Depending on the type of rhinoplasty surgery, you may have packing inserted into your nose in order to reduce swelling and bleeding and to hold the new shape. Packing will only be used if absolutely necessary as it can be the most the most uncomfortable part of the recovery process.

A gauze can also be put in place with a dressing that wraps around the ears. The purpose of the gauze is to collect any drips of blood. And dripping usually subsides after 24 hours and the gauze can be removed.

Post-operation

Once the surgery is completed and your nose has been sutured and dressed, you’ll then be awakened from anesthesia. It’s normal to feel nauseous immediately after waking so this is nothing to worry about. You’ll be given plenty of time to fully awaken from the effects of the anesthesia before being released.

Painkillers will be administered to ease the pain caused from the procedure and your nasal passages will feel swollen and blocked.

Most patients will be discharged from hospital on the same day as their surgery but will be expected to come for a post-operative consultation with the surgeon around 7 days after the surgery has taken place.

It’s important that you arrange travel to get home following your operation, whether you ask a friend or family member to drive you; or you get a taxi. Under no circumstances should you attempt to drive yourself.

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Rhinoplasty Guide – Part 2 – Is Rhinoplasty Right For Me?

Rhinoplasty Guide – Part 2 – Is Rhinoplasty Right For Me?

Rhinoplasty surgery can be an excellent way to improve your appearance or help with breathing problems but you should always put a good deal of thought into it before deciding to go ahead.
As with any form of cosmetic surgery, it’s important to know that getting rhinoplasty will not necessarily solve any underlying emotional issues related to the size or shape of your nose.

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Questions to ask yourself

If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery but aren’t yet 100% decided then it’s worth asking yourself some key questions to help you make a decision.

  • Am I particularly unhappy with my nose?

This is perhaps the most important question you need to ask yourself before opting for rhinoplasty surgery. If your nose makes you feel particularly self-conscious or causes you emotional distress then rhinoplasty might be the perfect solution. However, you need to consider the fact that a rhinoplasty provides permanent results and if you are unsure on whether you are unhappy with the appearance of your current nose, the best option is to hold off on surgery until your certain it’s what you want to do.

  • What do I expect from the surgery?

Before committing to a rhinoplasty, you need to manage your expectations of what you hope to achieve. A surgeon is only able to work with the current structure of your nose so you need to make sure that your expectations are realistic and aim for a nose that complements your other facial features.

  • Is it the right time?

In order for you to heal properly, it’s best to be in good health before undergoing any surgical procedure. If you are currently at a stressful point in your life or are dealing with any ongoing health conditions, both mentally or physically, it might be better to not go ahead with a rhinoplasty until you’re able to truly focus on deciding if it’s the best option for you.

  • Can I afford the surgery?

This is another key consideration. Although most surgeries will offer financing, you still want to be sure that you’re able to pay for the surgery without putting yourself in financial difficulty. Health insurance usually won’t cover rhinoplasty that’s done for cosmetic reasons. If you need to have rhinoplasty done because of an injury or to clear your airways then there’s a good chance it will be covered. This does however depend on your insurer and the details of your policy.

  • Can I take the time off work?

After you’ve had surgery, you’ll need to take a couple of weeks off work while it heals. It’s also advised that you avoid any strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks. Having the required time off work is extremely important since it gives you time to recover and reduces any risk of infection or your nose being bumped accidentally. Nonetheless, you will also need to consider the financial implications of taking time off work before opting for the rhinoplasty surgery.

  • Is a rhinoplasty purely for cosmetic enhancement?

Rhinoplasty surgery isn’t a procedure that is completed for cosmetic reasons only. It can also be one of the best options for you if you have breathing difficulties due to things such as a deviated septum. Not only can it improve the overall appearance of your nose, most people are surprised to find that their ability to breathe through their nose has improved once they have had rhinoplasty surgery.

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Questions to ask your surgeon
If you’re interested in rhinoplasty then you’ll first have a consultation with your surgeon where they’ll let you know more about the procedure. You’ll also be able to have any of your questions answered at this consultation. Furthermore, if you are currently unsure about whether you are ready to have the surgery, your surgeon may be able to offer a less invasive procedure or discuss other options with you.

Below are some of the most important questions to ask –

  • What results can I expect to achieve?

This is an extremely important question to ask your surgeon. The results that can be achieved through rhinoplasty will depend on your age and your skin type as well as the current shape of your nose. A good surgeon will advise you on the type of rhinoplasty that is most likely to give you the results you wish to achieve. It’s always vital that you’re aware of the results you can achieve through surgery so you can make an informed decision as to whether you want to go ahead with it.

  • Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

This is something your surgeon will be able to determine when you meet with them. They’ll take your current nose shape and skin type into account and be able to let you know if the results you want to achieve are possible. They’ll also take any health conditions you might have into account.

  • What board are you certified by?

Although plastic surgeons don’t have to be certified, being certified is evidence that a surgeon has completed years of specialist training with well-established and recognized medical schools and has received the relevant qualifications to carry out plastic surgery procedures.

  • What are the risks?

All types of surgery come with risks and it’s important to find out what the risks associated with the procedure are. Although a rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgeries performed, it does come with its own risks and possible complications.

Some of the risks of a rhinoplasty include excessive bleeding, swelling and numbness and in some cases, permanent nerve damage. The majority of rhinoplasties are completed without any complication and working with an experienced and qualified surgeon reduces these risks significantly.

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