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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Improving the Texture of your Skin

Dermabrasion to rejuvenate your skin completely!

A technique using simple tools such as a diamond wheel having rough edges or a wire brush to remove the topmost dead layer of your skin is known as dermabrasion. The primary aim of the treatment is to make sure you have a super smooth skin that feels soft and smooth to the touch.

The thickness of the skin removed depends upon the coarseness of the brush or the burr being used and the speed at which it rotates. Different intensities of pressure may be used for different duration of times by your doctor to render perfection to your skin. This procedure is most frequently used for the removal of scars from the face as well as for the reduction of fine lines from your face. Ancillary problems that can be solved with the help of this procedure are an enlarged nose and any inflammatory skin condition.

The procedure 

The procedure is very simple. Your doctor will clean all the areas that require treatment. With the help of a local anesthetic, your skin will be numbed and ice packs will be kept on your face for a duration of 30 minutes. Some doctors prefer using a cryogenic spray which freezes the superficial layers of your skin. In case your doctor performs deeper abrasions, a stronger anesthetic will be used.  The procedure does not require you to stay the night and is performed on an outpatient basis.

The recovery time 

Depending on the size and extent of abrasions carried out, the damaged skin will give rise to a fresh layer of skin that will be immensely fresh and soft to touch. Generally speaking, it will take around 5-8 days for the healing process to complete and you will soon find yourself going about your daily activities.

The success rate 

Extensively used by a majority of people across the world, dermabrasion is thought to be the key to flawless skin by the world’s most renowned celebrities. After the procedure, visibly smooth and uniform skin is achieved which looks good without having to use intense coverage. As a result of the procedure, the following flaws are eliminated from your skin:

  • Acne scars
  • Deep lines
  • Uneven texture
  • Dull complexion
  • Surgery/injury scars

Some precautions 

When you opt for dermabrasion, you have to keep in mind that sun exposure in the initial days is detrimental to your skin hence, wearing a sunscreen while stepping out in the sun is suggested.

Why go for dermabrasion?

This process is a safe way of resurfacing the top layers of the skin. As a result, you will be able to get baby soft skin that will make you look years younger than your actual age. So brace yourself for a round of compliments coming your way after the treatment.

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3D Models to Print a Copy of Your ‘New Face’

Ever wanted to see what you would look like after your plastic surgery even before the actual procedure took place? With the rise of 3D printing technology, it is now a reality. No longer will there be cases of people getting upset with the results, at least hopefully and it is about time in my opinion, that we get such a feature in plastic surgery especially when the results can possibly affect you in the long run.

Is 3D Printing Necessary?

Well YES! The effects of cosmetic surgery are far reaching, and hence all necessary precautions should be taken before you opt for such a procedure. Even though the professionals that perform the surgery are highly qualified, well-trained and have years of experience, the results are not always what the patient has in mind. This can lead to disappointing. Digital imagery can be useful but by no means is it comparable to a physical and 3 dimensional model that you can touch and feel. It will also be beneficial to the surgeon, allowing him to show his customers models of the other surgeries he has conducted, serving as a resume of sorts.

What is the Current State of 3D Printing in Cosmetic Surgery?

Currently a standard 3D printed model will cost you around $300 to $600 depending on the size and make, which is pretty expensive but considering that a normal surgical facelift can cost you up to $12000, it is not really much of an extra for those that decide to undergo the procedure. 3D printed models of breast are also being offered. At present this service is not available to every plastic surgeon but certainly worth looking into.

Future Trends in Surgical 3D Technology

As 3D printing technology improves and gets cheaper, we are likely to see this feature to become more and more common, not just in each plastic surgeon’s facility but as market service as well. Already MirrorMe3D, one of the leading companies when it comes to making 3D models for plastic surgery, will be launching a public portal, through which they will enable people to buy a 3D lifelike bust of themselves by simply sending them a photo of their face. In the future, it is likely to attract more people to undergo plastic surgery as the risk of the results not meeting one’s expectation is minimized. What’s more, as with stellar advancements in genetic sciences, one would not even need to give his or her picture, as surgeon would be able to, using powerful computers, to generate your face model using the data about his genetic make-up. All in all the use of 3D modes holds a lot of promises in the field of plastic surgery.

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What does Dr. Giese do differently than most?

New york plastic surgeonDr. Sharon Giese is one of the most sought after Surgeons in New York. In this segment, Dr. Giese explains to iLikePlastic how her approach to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery sets her apart from most other surgeons. She focuses more so on a natural look and approach to rejuvenation. She believes that most patients aren’t interested in advertising that they have had work done, and would prefer a kind compliment as looking refreshed opposed to looking as though “they’ve had work done”.

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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.

Rational Rhinoplasty with Dr. Robert Guida

Rational Rhinoplasty with Dr. Robert Guida from About Themselves on Vimeo.

When meeting with Dr. Guida, we knew that we wanted to highlight his artistic approach to cosmetic surgery as well as his extreme technical skill. Through the course of our interview, we discovered that he is an accomplished classical pianist. We proposed a performance by Dr. Guida as a way to illustrate a compelling story about the evolution from technical mastery to true artistry. Dr. Guida skeptically agreed to the proposal and choose Gnossienne No.1 by Erik Satie (a piece that is considered quite difficult) to perform for our shoot. We had never heard Dr. Guida play piano before and he kept insisting that he “wasn’t very good”. We were nervous, but we showed up at the doctor’s home prepared to film him playing piano. Watch the video to see how it turned out.

Dr. Robert Guida is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic surgery in New York City since 1990. Dr. Guida specializes in Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Nasal Reconstruction, Blepharoplasty, Facial Reconstruction and other facial plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Guida is considered an expert in his field for his command of innovative plastic surgery techniques and the natural looking results he achieves for patients. He has expressed a firm belief that any cosmetic surgery procedure should reflect the patient’s individuality. By achieving excellence as a physician and a craftsman, Dr. Guida’s patients have the benefit of not just his technical expertise, but also his artistic sense.

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