How a Face Lift can Change your Life

Face lifts are changing the lives of many people for the better these days. It has become quite a norm to visit a plastic surgeon mostly, after the age of twenty. The numbers showing the sheer amount of procedures done in a single year speak for themselves. Take for instance the number of procedures carried out in the U.S. in the year 2009 alone. The total number of procedures carried out was 103,625 out of which women accounted for 91% of the candidates. Age seemed to be no barrier when it comes to face lifts: 295 candidates were hardly a year or two older than 20.

A face lift is a simple procedure which gives you a ‘put together’ appearance.

What does a face lift involve?

Since every face has unique contours and a particular shape, an expert plastic surgeon will know how to deal with every individual case with precision. For the same reason, it should not be assumed that all surgeries are the same. The main factors that a surgeon will pay attention to are the texture of the skin and the consistency of the patient’s skin.

A word of caution for smokers though: Because smoking prevents proper blood flow to the skin and therefore delays the process of healing, smokers are advised to give up a week before the procedure. Once your doctor has identified all your needs and expectations, you should be ready to get a makeover that’ll leave you confident. The success rate of this procedure is very high and it is credited to take decades off your face.

In sharp contrast to what many people would have you believe, a face lift is virtually painless. Under the influence of a sedative and anesthesia, the patient hardly feels any sensation at all. Some surgeons even prefer to use general anesthesia which puts patients to sleep; happy to wake up to see their brand new selves!

The basic goal of the procedure is to tighten the face muscles with the help of carefully placed incisions which serve as the point of maximum support. These incisions are at the hairline, the temples and around the earlobe, covering the entire face. If the patient happens to have a double chin, a small incision is required to access the underlying tissues and fat and rectify the appearance of the anatomical structure.

Not only does the procedure render you skin which is profoundly firmer and tighter, you will not fail to notice that your contours are much more defined with the help of liposuction where needed. This is the part of the procedure which focuses on the removal of extra fat tissue which gives your face a worn-out and shapeless demeanor.

Lasting for a mere two to four hours, this procedure is a safe and inexpensive way of taking off the effects of time and stress from your face. The results are quick and long lasting, guaranteeing utmost satisfaction.

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The Facelift Gets a Makeover

The Facelift Gets a Makeover

dr-ma - Facial Surgeonnolis-manolakakisWritten by: Dr. Manolis Manolakakis

Advanced Facial Surgery

Shrewsbury, NJ


It used to be that once you reached a certain age, sagging skin and deep wrinkles clearly indicated the need for a facelift—a one-size-fits-all procedure that would nip and tuck everything back into place. At the same time, the high price tag, significant downtime and unnatural-looking, “windswept” results associated with this approach gave the facelift a not-so-desirable reputation.

That, however, was the facelift of your mother’s generation.

Today, the facelift is more than one type of treatment, and it can (and should) be performed before drastic signs of aging set in. Facelifts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes—from the mini facelift to the midface lift; from the brow lift to the neck lift; and can be achieved using both surgical and non-surgical options—all of which create the opportunity to give a lift to your face right where it needs it.

A Lift to the Face

Any one of the variety of facelifting procedures available today may offer a solution for treating signs of premature aging caused by years of unprotected sun exposure and environmental pollutants or genetic predispositions to early jowling, drooping eyelids, or other anatomical concerns:

  • A lift to the face can be achieved by adding volume (Voluma, Sculptra or fat) to the cheeks. This helps to minimize nasolabial folds and can even make improvements to the lower eyelid as well.
  • In some patients, ultrasound energy (Ultherapy) can be used to give a little lift to the brow, neck and jawline.
  • When you need a little more lift than fillers and energy alone can provide, you don’t necessarily need to jump into a classic, full-blown facelift. We know today that there’s more than a single dimension to the aging face. We look at volume, skin and structure. As a result, you may need a surgical procedure to get the results you’re looking for, but a mini facelift combined with volume injected into the midface may be the right prescription for limiting surgery and providing a more natural-looking result.

Science & Solutions

No matter how extensive the surgery, there’s more good news today. We’ve also got the necessary science to improve speed of recovery while at the same time decreasing the risk of scarring.


At the end of the day, the idea that a “facelift” is always a drastic surgical procedure and is a solution to think about when you’re old and saggy, is a fallacy. Importantly, the act of aging “prevention” has become widespread, which not only frequently postpones the need for surgical treatments, but also minimizes the extent of surgery. By prevention, I mean the use of neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) and daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen.


A full scope of less drastic to more traditional procedures can effectively give a lift to the face. The key is to have a qualified aesthetic facial surgeon evaluate you individually, listen to your specific concerns, and recommend an approach that delivers the most effective and safest results. In my experience, the most satisfied patient are facelift patients.

Changing the lives of kids one surgery at a time

When it comes to children, its a very sensitive area and quite a controversial topic, however there are specific cases where a Plastic Surgeon can be of great aide to a child who may be suffering from certain birth defects. Cases where it’s not meant to be nice but necessary.

In this article we are going to be discussing the benefit and even need for Plastic Surgery on a child.

Development of a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

During early development, the right and left sides of the lip and the roof of the mouth normally grow together. In some cases these sections do not grow and meet together. This causes the child to be born with a separation in their upper lip.

The above mentioned birth defect is what is called a Cleft Lip.

Similarly to the Cleft Lip is the Cleft Palette. In these cases the roof of the mouth, or “palate” the lip and the palate develop separately.

How common is Cleft lip or Cleft Palate?

A cleft lip or a cleft palate can occur in 1 of 800 child births. Commonly this can affect far more than aesthetics. These birth defects can cause many problems for a child.

Cleft lip or palate can create the following issues:

  • Feeding Problems – Especially when breast feeding as the infant cannot create proper suction with its mouth.
  • Dental issues, as often children with a Cleft Lip or Palate will have issues with missing and malformed teeth and commonly require orthodontic treatments. In more serious cases oral surgery is required as the upper jawbone has impaired function causing unnatural placement and positioning of permanent teeth.
  • Speech problems are to be obviously expected as the malformations will pose problematic with the articulation of many words. Corrective surgery greatly improves upon these speech issues.

Details on the surgery:

Surgery is normally performed when the infant is 10-12 weeks old.

A plastic surgeon begins the procedure by making an incision on either side of the cleft from the mouth into the nostril. At this point the outer portion of the cleft is pulled down bringing the muscle and the skin of the lip together to close the separation. This will restore the natural Muscle function and the normal shape of the ???The nostril deformity often associated with cleft lip may also be improved at the time of lip repair, however, in more severe cases at later date further Surgery can be done on the patient.


The cost of cleft lip surgery and/or cleft palate repair is estimated to run a minimum of $5,000. However, some children born with clefts require ongoing care and further surgical procedures, again depending on the severity of the defect.

How long is the recovery time and what should I know?

As the patient is a child, often restraints could be used to prevent the patient from touching the sensitive recovering area. In most cases Dressings are used to keep the area sterile and aide in the recovery process.

The Child will be restless for a few days though medication can be used to comfort them. After 5 days the stitches will be ready for removal

The Doctor will advise you on how best to feed your child for the next few weeks.

After surgery the upper lip will appear red and inflamed for the first little while – this is normal and will last for part of the healing process – it does subside after some time leaving little to no visible scarring.

Dr. Loeb on Lip Enhancement – American Journal

A Video about lip enhancement by Dr.Loeb describes a new plastic surgery procedure which has a permanent effect as opposed to the widely used Collagen Injection method that last only up to 6 months.

Looking for a longer lasting solution for facial aging? See what Dr. McCracken from Denver recommends!

Voluma Treatment to Restore Cheek Volume

Published on 14 Apr 2014

Denver area oculoplastic surgeon Dr. McCracken uses Voluma Injections to restore cheek volume lost with aging. The procedure takes only minutes and is very comfortable for the patient. Before and after photographs are shown.



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