As today’s baby boomers march on toward retirement, more and more men and women are searching for the famed fountain of youth. Many think they have found it in the 3 day facelift, also called the weekend facelift or mini facelift.
In past years recovery from cosmetic surgery has been a long and painful process. Today, with the advent of new technology and improved procedures, patients can often reap the benefits of what was once major surgery in a weekend facelift.
Unfortunately, once your 3 day facelift is completed, time continues to march on. Without life style changes such as a proper diet, exercise, restful sleep, stopping smoking and good skincare, the changes you achieved in your 3 day facelift will soon vanish.
There are two distinct types of weekend facelifts. One is the mini facelift, in which surgeons tighten the superficial layers of skin and provide the patient with a more toned appearance. In the second procedure, a quick lift, surgeons also address the underlying connective tissue in the face.
The goals of any 3 day facelift are to increase a more youthful appearance while, at the same time, decreasing potential for surgical risk. Some of those risks include blood clots, infection, poor reaction to the anethesia and noticeable surgical scarring.
The 3 day facelift or weekend facelift will take the surgeon anywhere between one and five hours depending upon the procedure used, whether liposuction is involved and the amount of reconstruction that is desired.
The risk of surgery can be decreased in the hands of a capable and qualified surgeon. It is the responsibility of the patient to find references for the surgeon they chose and to check out the surgeons record to ensure they are getting good care. Because a plastic surgeon hangs out a shingle and says they do plastic surgery doesn’t mean that the surgeon is good at what he does.
Patients are often sent home with prescriptions for pain medication, but due to advanced surgical procedures, many find that over the counter medications are more than adequate. Tylenol, cold compresses and keeping your head elevated should help with the swelling and fluid retention.
Your plastic surgeon should also recommend that you sleep with your head elevated for at least a week to decrease the swelling and bruising in your face. Patients find that cold compresses relieve pain and swelling around the incision line. The 3 day facelift may actually be misnomer since the recovery period can actually vary from patient to patient.
Depending upon the patient’s occupation and ability to recover, they may very well have the procedure completed as an out patient on Friday and be back to work on Monday. Others may find they require several more days to recover adequately.
The 3 day facelift or weekend facelift is cost effective with low pain threshold. However, there are some people who would prefer to first explore non-surgical techniques. There are several non-surgical facelifts that can be used in either men or women who prefer a more non-invasive technique or by those who would like to augment their weekend facelift.
Remember to explore your options and chose both the doctor and the procedure that best meets your needs and your lifestyle.
Here are the answers to the most common breast augmentation FAQs. For answers to more specific questions, such as what you can and can’t do after your surgery, it is best to get advice directly from your medical care team.
Each person and each situation is different depending on factors such as surgery type, age, and skin type. The most common breast augmentation FAQ is, “What is the recovery period?” While every patient is unique, most women return to work approximately one week after their breast augmentation surgery. Even with a return to work, however, this doesn’t mean that this is the end of the recovery period.
A woman has almost never completely healed from breast augmentation in one week. Most resume their usual routine of activities within three weeks, although aggressive physical exercise won’t happen, in most cases, for about six weeks after surgery.
The next most frequently asked breast augmentation FAQ is: “Are my scars going to be visible?” While, of course, all incisions will have a scar as they heal, some scars are going to be easier to see than others. Their visibility, however, will greatly reduce over time.
Another common breast augmentation FAQ is, “I don’t have anyone that can be at the hospital with me the day of surgery. Will I be able to leave on my own?” While not recommended, especially with general surgery, the answer is yes. However, you should expect an overnight hospital or clinic stay; in the end, it may be as long as three days before you’ll be able to return home.
No one who has undergone general anesthesia is fit to be on her own, especially in a driving capacity, the day of surgery.
Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall.
This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose tissue after major weight loss or as a result of pregnancy.
Here is a video of an actual tummy tuck:
Get rid of stubborn bulges that just won’t budge with micro liposuction, the latest trend in cosmetic surgery in the United States.
Micro liposuction also known as micro suction is a technique designed to deal with one or two diet and exercise resistant spots in people who are otherwise happy with their overall physique and body weight.
Micro liposuction refers to the removal of small areas of fat through tiny tubes and very small incisions. Commonly performed on the face, especially the cheeks, neck, under the chin and the jowl, micro liposuction can also be performed on other small pockets of fat using tiny cannulas.
Cannulas used in this surgical procedure, range from 1.5mm to 6mm in diameter. In general, smaller cannulas are preferable to larger ones for more refined contouring and surgeons can truly sculpt a small area for a desired effect.
As only a small area is involved, patients can see rapid results and can expect to return to normal life within a few days. This is made possible by fewer incision sites and less swelling, pain and bruising.
Micro Liposuction for the Lips
Fat Transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation, plumps up lips using fat taken from inconspicuous sites on the body. This is a natural, non-allergenic procedure designed to restore damaged or diminished dermal deficiencies safely and effectively.
Micro suction and micro liposuction are fast becoming popular these days as they are less invasive and they offer dramatic results and a faster recovery rate. Depending on what a patient wants done micro suction can require either full or local anesthesia and can cost between $2,000 and $5,000.
Facial Micro Suction
This procedure can significantly improve the contour of the face and is particularly useful for patients with good skin tone who have excess fat beneath the skin. There is usually a minimal amount of discomfort following micro suction. There will be some swelling and bruising, most of which will resolve itself in a week or two.
Micro Suction for the Neck
This is mostly popular with aging women as it provides a youthful look by tightening the loose skin of the neck that is apparent with age.
This procedure involves removing the extra fat from the neck with a tiny cannula, just under the chin and through the neck area and then tightening the skin under a local anesthetic combined with sedation. This results in a rejuvenated jaw and neckline and makes the patient look years younger.
Average Cost: $2,600 - 3,600
As with any other surgery, it is absolutely necessary that you consult with an experienced and well-trained cosmetic surgeon if you’re interested in this procedure. Ask to see before and after photographs of previous patients to get a feel of what you’re in for. Have realistic expectations and you will surely enjoy the physical and psychological benefits of the treatment.
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