Plastic surgeries may vary in complexity and anticipated recovery times, but everyone is ultimately looking to heal faster and minimize downtime after a procedure. While you should never actively rush your body’s healing process, it’s important to reflect on simple steps you can take to optimize your chances of fast recovery, and plan ahead while you are fully functional. In conjunction with proper sleeping habits, the food you eat can heavily influence expected downtime after surgery; correct nutritional choices can promote faster wound healing while mitigating the chance of complications.
Be Sure To Eat!
This may sound obvious, but don’t forget to eat. Depending on the location of your surgery, eating may become painful or inconvenient— while an impromptu diet may sound appealing, now is not the time to swear off food. Your body vitally requires nourishment when it is in a state of self-repair, and denying your system important nutrients could carry harmful consequences. If suffering from nausea, stick to simpler meals that are easier to keep down. If eating proves painful or uncomfortable but otherwise digestible, opt for calorically denser foods. If you can only handle ten bites per meal, make sure that your body is getting the most out of each bite.
High-fiber foods help stabilize your digestive processes, and reduce the risk of constipation, a relatively common side effect of surgery. Popular foods include whole grain breads, fruit, vegetables, beans, and certain fiber-rich cereals. If concerned about constipation, avoid dehydrated or processed foods, dairy products, red meats, and sweets.
After surgery, muscle tissue is damaged and in need of repair. Adequate protein intake helps your system rebuild these body tissues. Vegetarians and vegans should seek protein through almonds, tofu, tempeh, and seitan. Those with carnivorous inclinations should avoid red meats due to saturated fat levels, instead opting for lean meats such as chicken, pork, and seafood.
Adequate Vitamin A intake promotes epithelial and bone formation, as well as boosts general immune function. For high vitamin concentrations, try leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Other viable sources include yams, carrots, squash, and bell peppers. Vitamin A is fat soluble, meaning that it must be consumed with fat for optimal absorption, so considering preparing your cooked kale with a serving of extra virgin olive oil.
Collagen regeneration is required to restore structural proteins in the skin, a vital element of recovery after facial surgery. In addition to boosting collagen formation, Vitamin C promotes immune function, and acts as a tissue antioxidant, blocking the harmful effects of free radicals in your system. The vitamin is water soluble and requires a continuous supply, as residual amounts of Vitamin C are expelled from the body in our urine. Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, kiwi, mango, broccoli, and potatoes.
Drink Plenty of Water
Proper hydration is vitally important to daily nutrition, infinitely more so when recovering from surgery. Adequate water consumption flushes impurities (including surgery drugs) out of your system, stabilizes your metabolism, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Leading up to your surgery date, increase your water consumption to 8-10 glasses of water per day, and gradually work your way back up to that intake rate after the procedure.
Consider Vitamin Supplements
For those concerned about adequate post-op nutrition, vitamin supplements are available and worth considering. Speak to a specialist to determine which, if any, supplements are right for you and your recovery plan. If you are taking any special medications, be sure to ask your doctor if any foods are off-limits while you recover.
For comprehensive post-surgery advice, including a nutritional consultation, book an appointment with Dr. Philip Miller. A recognized facial plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Miller has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007. His office, located at 60 East 56th Street in New York City, can be reached by phone at (646) 791-3025.
A facelift surgery can do much to improve your facial contour and youthful appearance, sometimes taking up to 10 years off of your appearance. Still, having a major cosmetic surgery that will be obvious to friends, family, and coworkers can be more nerve wracking than you might’ve expected. After surgery, you’ll be fairly reclusive during your recovery period, perhaps getting a little too comfortable for your own good. When the time finally comes to emerge from your home and rejoin the real world, how will you handle it? If you’re facing some anxieties about leaving the house after your own facelift, read on for some helpful tips for a smoother transition.
Recognize the Types of Recovery
As many plastic surgeons will explain to their patients, the recovery process after a facelift involves many different types of recovery. There’s the obvious physical recovery, where the swelling goes down and the incisions heal. Then there’s the recovery of your sensation, which may occur along with your other physical healing but may take longer to go from tingling feelings to real nervous sensations. Finally, you’ll be faced with your social and emotional recovery, where you’ll address your new look and how it may (or may not) impact your social life. This recovery is often the hardest to manage. By giving a name to these separate kinds of recovery, you can prepare yourself for that adjustment from resting to reentering the world.
Give Yourself Time
Many patients get bored in the house and want to rush back out to complete some errands, meet up with friends, and the like. Some patients might get a little cabin fever, suddenly itching for a hiking trip or a visit to the beach. It’s tough to force yourself to stay inside and rest when it’s beautiful outside, but it’s definitely worthwhile to give yourself the time you need to heal.
To avoid temptation, clear your schedule for at least two to three weeks so you have enough time to completely recover. Talk to your surgeon during your consultation about how much time he expects you to need for proper healing, Then tell your friends and family in advance that you’ll have to bow out of any ski trips or summer barbecues during that timeframe so they aren’t expecting you. In fact, they might send you home if you do show up! It’s always nice to have a backup plan if you do give into temptation.
If you have any high-profile events coming up, such as a wedding or class reunion, you’ll want to add extra cushion time to allow for your swelling to subside and your incisions to fully heal. Schedule your facelift accordingly to give yourself at least six weeks for a complete recovery. By then, you’ll also have the time to adjust to your new appearance so it’s not as nerve-wracking to attend this special event.
Use Makeup Wisely to Transition
When it is time to finally come out and rejoin the world, you might be worried about any swelling, redness, or bruising that’s still hanging around. Sometimes these symptoms will hang on after you have healed, making you self-conscious about your appearance. For women, and maybe even some men, strategic makeup can do much to ease your nerves and hide some of your after-effects. Talk to your doctor about when it is safe to apply makeup to the area and don’t break the rules; you may risk infection or other complications if you do. He may even suggest certain brands that work better than others for the task.
When you’re ready to start using makeup again, use a concealer to camouflage bruises and redness. Concealer and foundation, either liquid or powder, can be combined to achieve the layered coverage you may need. To hide swelling, makeup contouring techniques can be especially useful. By using bronzers, blushes and darker powders, you can create an optical illusion that will hide the effects of any residual swelling you may be experiencing.
Don’t know how to do either of these things? Make it a part of your pre-op planning to visit a makeup counter where a skilled aesthetician can walk you through the steps to creating camouflage and contour. Ask your plastic surgeon if any of the skincare clinicians or spa staff at his practice are able to help you. After surgery, you’ll be fully prepared to unveil your facelift results.
Choose the Right Facial Plastic Surgeon
The speed of your recovery can cut down on your anxiety to reenter the world after a facelift. A speedy recovery comes from a successful surgery performed by an expert in the field. Plan two steps ahead by choosing the right surgeon to perform your facelift. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery and offers over 20 years of experience to his patients. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with peers at various national facial plastic surgery conferences. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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When you’re considering a facelift procedure, the last thing you might be thinking about is your weight. After all, your need to lose 10 or 20 pounds seems to have very little to do with your face, right? How can training for a half-marathon affect the way your face looks? The truth is that your overall health is closely related to any surgery you may have, even those surgeries performed on your face. The results of your facelift procedure, a surgery where fat plays an integral role, can easily be affected by weight loss before and afterward.
The Facelift and the Ideal Candidate
A facelift surgery is performed to improve the overall appearance of the face by tightening the facial muscles and supporting tissues, removing or redistributing excess fat from the lower third of the face, and relaying the skin to appear firmer and more youthful. It can have a profound impact on a patient’s appearance, sometimes wiping away a decade or so from their looks. Planning ahead for such an important procedure is key to your success and to your eligibility for surgery.
The ideal facelift candidate is an adult man or woman in good overall physical health,who does not smoke or abuse alcohol or drugs. For best results, they should be as close to their ideal weight as possible and have the healthy habits to maintain their current weight, such as proper diet and regular exercise. If you are not at your ideal weight, losing the pounds can greatly affect your overall health as well as your final surgical results.
Losing Weight Before a Facelift
When you talk about losing weight with nearly any plastic surgeon, he will almost always suggest that you do so before your procedure. Many plastic surgeries, including the facelift, deal with the redistribution and removal of fat cells. Losing weight before your procedure, and subsequently keeping it off afterwards, is the best way to ensure that all of your physical goals for your body and face are reached in tandem.
If you are going to lose weight before a facelift, it’s important to get the timing right. You should never make dramatic changes like this between your consultation and surgery date, since it will change the surgical plan created for you by your plastic surgeon. Surprises like that, however healthy they may ostensibly be, can greatly affect how your surgery is performed. If you do attend a consultation but have plans for weight loss, disclose these intentions to your plastic surgeon, who may plan ahead to meet with you a second time and draw up your surgical plan once you have achieved your weight loss target. Ideally, however, the best time to lose the weight is before you step foot into the surgeon’s office. The trick, of course, is to maintain your new weight loss through the date of your surgery and then for years after.
For healthy weight loss at any time, be sure to eat a balanced diet and adopt a regular exercise routine. Avoid crash or fad diets, as these can achieve great initial results before ending in disastrous weight fluctuations after the fact. Such diets can also affect your overall health, perhaps making you a poor candidate for a facelift. Remember that losing weight at a good, steady pace is the best way to achieve lasting results, and that’s really the true goal of any initiative to get healthy.
Losing Weight After a Facelift
Chances are good that you’re going to do a lot of living and enjoying your new look after you have your facelift surgery. In the long run, especially the first few years after your facelift, do you have any plans to lose weight? If you’re not at your ideal weight or within about five to 10 pounds, the choice to lose a large amount of weight could be tempting. After all, it’s only natural to want your whole body to look as thin, trim, and fit as your new facial profile. Who can blame you?
The truth is that significant weight loss following your facelift may not be the wisest decision, especially if you lose that weight at a fast pace. Most people will experience some loss of fat from their faces during weight loss, not an ideal side effect when you’ve just had a procedure to adjust the distribution of fat to create the right look. Sagging and laxity of the skin may also result from fast, dramatic weight loss after a facelift, resulting in the need for a secondary facelift procedure.
While you can and should always lose weight in order to be a healthier person, most patients are not willing to jeopardize their surgical results so quickly. It doesn’t have to be complicated, however, if you plan your weight loss goals carefully. To preserve your facelift results and still achieve your ideal weight, follow these tips:
- Lose weight slowly and at a healthy pace. Most doctors recommend 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week for safe and lasting results.
- Check in at 5-pound milestones to see how you look. Some people lose weight from their face first and others can drop several pounds before they see results in their face. Monitor your own progress as you go.
- Keep your options open. You should never sacrifice your health to preserve your facial appearance, especially when you have the ability to add volume and contour in other ways. Talk to your plastic surgeon about fat transfer or injectable fillers to replace any lost volume from your weight loss.
It is possible to manage weight loss following a facelift procedure, especially with the help of your plastic surgeon. During your consultation, be open and honest about your weight loss goals to find out what his recommendations for your specific case may be. This is the best way to ensure that your surgical and healthful goals are all met in due time.
Plan Your Weight Loss and Surgical Goals Together for Success
For guidance on your own weight loss and surgical needs, consult with a reputable, credentialed facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Philip Miller specializes exclusively in facial plastic surgery and offers over 20 years of experience. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
Next, read our blog How to Be a Great Candidate for Facelift Surgery
If you’ve been considering a facelift surgery, you might be wondering whether the time is right or whether you’re even a candidate. It’s important to think about, since your plastic surgeon will be evaluating the factors that would make you a good facelift patient and those that would make a facelift the right procedure for you.
Learn more about what it means to be a good candidate for facelift surgery before you walk into your first consultation.
The Facelift and Signs of Aging
First and foremost, any candidate for facelift surgery should be experiencing noticeable signs of aging. Facelifts can help correct symptoms like loose, sagging skin on the face, fatty deposits gathered around the chin and jaw, the formation of jowls in that area, and lines and wrinkles in the lower third of the face. These factors are all caused by aging and the effects of gravity, which team up to break down the elastin in skin and drag it downward. Fat is also susceptible to gravity, shifting downward throughout the years, leaving the upper portion of the face with less volume and accumulating where it’s not wanted.
Still not sure a facelift can help you? Some surgeons recommend you stand in front of a mirror and, with two fingers, gently lift and pull back the skin around the bottom jaw. If this makes you look instantly younger, imagine what could happen if the effect was created surgically. Check one off the list; you may be a candidate for a facelift if these symptoms sound familiar.
The Patient’s Health and Habits
Another large factor in determining your eligibility for surgery involves your own personal health and well-being as well as your lifestyle and habits. As your surgeon might tell you, a facelift surgery is meant for men and women who are in overall good health and do not smoke. Good health means that your recent medical history does not include any serious illness that might hinder your ability to heal. Checking to be sure that you are in good health is the surgeon’s best way to minimize your risks of complications following surgery, so be open and honest about your medical status.
The very best candidates for facelift surgery are also committed to caring for their skin, even before walking in for their surgery. These people understand that caring for their skin can help it to look younger and fresher over time, and they will continue to care once the surgery is over and they are focused on preserving their results. Skin that is well cared for responds well to these surgeries and helps the results last much longer than they might otherwise.
Your Weight: A Surprising Factor
There’s no magical number on the scale or BMI calculation to determine whether you are a good facelift candidate, but there are some interesting points to consider about being overweight and seeking this procedure. For starters, if you are overweight, but at a stable weight, many doctors may consider performing the surgery for you. If you are overweight but planning to lose more than 20 pounds, it’s better to wait until you have stabilized at your target weight.
Why all the fuss about weight? Your surgeon won’t deem your surgery successful unless your results look natural. For overweight patients, it can be more difficult to gauge how much fat and skin to remove. Your face may be left looking unnaturally puffy or too thin, directly disproportionate to the rest of your body. Depending on how overweight a patient is, facelift surgery may also be an unsafe option. If weight is a concern you have, talk to your doctor. Every surgeon has his own level of comfort (and experience) when dealing with overweight patients, so you’ll never know if and how much weight you need to lose unless you ask.
Facelift Results and Satisfaction
Finally, the last important factor in determining your eligibility for a facelift is whether or not you have realistic goals for your surgery. On average, a facelift can deliver results that make patients look about 10 years younger. If you’re expectations are too far off that mark, you’re going to be unpleasantly surprised. An experienced, credentialed plastic surgeon doesn’t want to promise you just anything to make you get the surgery; in actuality, he is much more concerned with making sure you understand the capabilities and limitations of the surgery. Discuss your expected facelift results at length with your plastic surgeon to be sure you are both in agreement on the changes and finished look. You should have a good understanding of what is possible with this procedure before walking into your consultation, but definitely a better one as you walk out of it. If you’ve given your results a thought and you feel you’re a good candidate for facelift surgery, then it’s time to make your move and book an appointment.
Get Started With a Consultation
Determining if you and a facelift are the right match for each other can be hard without the right plastic surgeon to guide you. To make sure your results are the best they can be, be sure to schedule your facelift surgery with a reputable, specialist facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been invited frequently to share his specific techniques with peers at various national facial plastic surgery conventions. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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When you’ve waited so long to have changes made to your nose and the day of your surgery finally arrives, it might be frustrating to then wait days or weeks to see your final results and show them off to friends and family. Granted, all good things do take time, including the recovery process following a rhinoplasty. If you’re hoping to speed it up a little bit, follow these tips to have a smoother, faster road to your rhinoplasty recovery.
Healthy Patients Recover the Fastest
If you want to set yourself up for the easiest, fastest recovery possible, you’ll need to start before your surgery date even arrives. Patients who live a healthy lifestyle and take care of themselves see the best recoveries following any surgery, including rhinoplasty. To have your smoothest recovery, you should be a non-smoker, have a healthy BMI, and have blood work and other tests performed to determine your complete health. It also helps to eat a balanced, healthy diet and get regular exercise to keep your body in good health.
Be Totally Ready for Surgery
A smooth, quick recovery happens when you are able to dedicate yourself to the required amount of rest and relaxation. Get all of your bills paid, your errands run, your housework finished, and your plans for child or pet care arranged. By relieving the stressful aspects of your life ahead of time, you’ll free yourself up for total relaxation. You must spend the recommended amount of time in a comfortable spot, dedicated to your personal recovery. Investing time at the beginning of your recovery can help to keep you on track or even speed up your timeline.
Stay Away from Certain Medications
In order to heal quickly, your blood needs to be able to clot where needed. This means that blood-thinning agents that enhance your bleeding can actually delay your healing. Before and directly after your rhinoplasty, follow the list your plastic surgeon gives you and avoid everything on it. These will most likely include aspirin, vitamin E, herbal treatments, and Motrin, among many others. To ensure your blood platelets are functioning normally at the time of your surgery, avoid these products for two weeks or more prior to your rhinoplasty.
Keep a Calm and Positive Attitude
You might not realize it, but staying calm and thinking positively can greatly enhance your healing experience. Stress and negativity in your life can trigger an excess production of cortisol, a natural hormone in the body. Studies have shown that too much cortisol in the body can have many negative consequences, including delays to the healing process and an increase in the amount of scar tissue that is created. Both of these factors can add up for a terrible recovery from your rhinoplasty procedure, even one that is drawn out for longer than your original timeframe.
Build a Support Network to Help You
By relying on the supportive relationships in your life, you’ll reduce stress, increase positivity, and heal more quickly. Your friends and family can help you to manage the tasks that you aren’t able to do while you heal. They may pick up your groceries, take the kids for a weekend, or even come over to keep you company while you marathon-watch a TV series. Surrounding yourself with people who support and encourage you and your efforts is one of the best ways to let your body properly heal. While you don’t want to overdo it with social time, it might even help you to have a good laugh or too. As they say, it is the best medicine.
Skip Out on Exercise…For a Little While
Yes, exercise is great for your body and can encourage the skin to heal. However, vigorous or strenuous activity during your recovery time after a rhinoplasty is strictly prohibited. The strain that gravity will put on your nose as you do your jumping jacks or run a few miles is too great. You may increase your risk of complications, delay your healing process, or cause nasal damage to your newly renovated nose. Always follow your doctor’s instructions for when and how to reincorporate exercise into your routine once again. The time will come soon enough, so try to get your fill with long walks and other low-impact exercise until you can resume your intense workouts.
Keep Your Head Up
Literally, keeping your head elevated can boost your healing process. Use two or three pillows beneath the head to maintain this position, which will prevent excessive blood flow to the head. Lying down flat will delay healing as the increased blood flow will cause the tender tissues around your nose to swell even more. As you heal, you will gradually become more comfortable lying down flat. Follow your plastic surgeon’s advice to get the timing right and avoid delaying your post-rhinoplasty healing.
Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon
If you want to get the bets rhinoplasty results and the fastest recovery, it’s important to choose the best surgeon possible. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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While most patients assume that all nasal surgeries can be performed identically to one another, this is simply not true. Each rhinoplasty is uniquely designed to meet the needs of a particular patient. In many cases a person’s ethnic background plays a role. If you’ve been considering an ethnic rhinoplasty to correct problems you see with your own nose, read up on these quick facts so you know what to expect from your procedure.
No. 1 – Ethnic Rhinoplasty Is Narrowly Defined Into Four Main Backgrounds
Technically, each one of us is a person with an ethnic background. But for the purposes of rhinoplasty, ethnicities are very specifically defined. Given the population breakdown of the country in which we live, the most common rhinoplasty performed is on those of Caucasian descent. Because Caucasians make up the majority of those seeking the procedure, it is considered the standard approach to rhinoplasty, leaving the distinction of “ethnic rhinoplasty” to those of other cultures.
Patients who are Asian, African American, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern may find that the characteristics inherent to noses of these ethnicities may require a slightly different approach. They may also be limited in terms of how much can be changed, but more on that later.
No. 2 – The US Population’s Shift Makes Ethnic Rhinoplasty More Important
Rhinoplasty has been around for decades, but the term ethnic rhinoplasty has only become popular in recent years. Why? As the population of the United States has shifted to include more of the ethnicities mentioned above, the needs of the patients seeking rhinoplasty have also changed. Couple this change in demographics with the higher standards of today’s leading plastic surgeons, and it’s easy to see why the cookie cutter approach to this facial procedure just won’t work anymore. Now, surgeons will take the time to study the intricacies and key features of any nose, in order to determine what changes would be most helpful.
No. 3 – Matching the Nose to the Face Is Key
Most patients and surgeons accept that the features of the rest of the face help to determine what changes should be made to the nose to keep it looking natural. For example, you can’t select a nose off of a celebrity, have it copied onto your face, and look as natural as possible. You certainly can do that, but the results might not be what you expected.
The same is true for men and women of all ethnicities, even in spite of the current fashion trends. While the current standard of beauty is typically a nose with European features, that’s not going to work for everyone who gets a rhinoplasty. Patients who are Asian, African American, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic just won’t look right with a German nose because there will be too much deviation in the feature and overall look. If the reverse were attempted, such as a Scandinavian opting for an Asian type of nose, the results would end just as badly. Many changes can be made to the nose, but it is important that any of those changes remain a good fit for the background, i.e. the face.
No. 4 – Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultations Are Essential
Given the restrictive nature of rhinoplasty, it is essential to begin your journey toward nasal surgery with a one-on-one consultation. During this meeting, you and your plastic surgeon can discuss your specific nose, any challenges your surgery may include, and what options are available to you. It’s necessary to keep an open mind about your rhinoplasty, so leave the fashion magazine photos at home and really focus on how you want your specific nose to be improved. If you’re having any difficulty planning the changes you want or visualizing the final result, this is where your consultation can come in handy.
No. 5 – An Ethnic Rhinoplasty May Be Performed Differently
There are many reasons men and women of all backgrounds and ethnicities seek rhinoplasty, so your plastic surgeon should be well-versed and experienced in a wide range of techniques and approaches. If you’re seeking an ethnic rhinoplasty, your procedure may include some changes due to slight differences in the nasal structure. The changes that are made to your nose will likely also be a bit different, with narrowing of the nasal passageways and nasal tip extensions among the most common reasons for ethnic rhinoplasty.
Another common reason for ethnic rhinoplasty is to flatten a curved bridge of the nose or remove bumps and humps. During your rhinoplasty, your surgeon may alter the shape of bone and cartilage inside the nose to create the needed external reshaping. Performing this task can add both time and effort to the surgery. Once this is completed, your nostrils may be made narrower and the end of the nose may be extended with cartilage harvested from elsewhere in the body. Sometimes, synthetic implants are used to achieve the desired results.
As these procedures become more popular throughout the US, surgeons are becoming more adept at the various techniques required to perform a successful ethnic rhinoplasty. Discuss your options with an expert rhinoplasty surgeon with a background in a wide range of procedures, including ethnic rhinoplasty.
Choose the Right Surgeon for a Successful Ethnic Rhinoplasty
If you want to get the best rhinoplasty results available for patients of any ethnicity, you must be sure to choose the best surgeon possible. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor, in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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If you’ve been thinking about having a facelift surgery, you might already know what your motivation is. Even if you haven’t pinpointed your one real reason for having this surgery, it does exist and it drives you to book a consultation, plan ahead for the procedure, and cash in your sick days for a proper recovery. More often than not, the men and women seeking facelift surgery are looking for a new beginning, in one way or another.
What Can a Facelift Do to Help?
A facelift procedure is a surgery performed in order to restore a youthful appearance to the face. It can correct unwanted effects of aging, such as drooping and wrinkled skin, fat deposits around the chin and jaw, and loosened facial muscles. All of these effects can contribute to a tired, older looking face that may make you look worn down to those around you. Facelift surgery can help rejuvenate your appearance by alleviating the saggy, lax look from the lower part of the face.
Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, begins with incisions placed around the hairline and ears, as determined by your plastic surgeon. With the incisions in place, your surgeon will redistribute the fat deposits collected around your chin and jaw to other areas of the face that have lost volume; any excess fat will be removed, sometimes using liposuction for best results. The muscles of the face are then lifted and tightened, followed by the skin. With the skin now adjusted to a firmer position, the excess is trimmed away and the incisions are sutured closed. The result is a more well-defined profile and more youthful look.
New Beginning #1 – A New Job or Promotion
Today’s workforce is a competitive place to be, especially with so few jobs available to those with years of experience and qualifications. Pink slips abound as companies cut back on unneeded employees, sometimes bringing in younger workers to fill the empty spots. In other cases, promotions are going to younger employees, whom management perceived to be younger with more energy and a longer career ahead of them. As a middle-aged worker with the right qualifications, getting passed over in favor of someone who looks younger can be quite a blow to your self-esteem and even your commitment to your job.
Facelifts are on the rise in recent years, with male and female patients alike citing their desire to stay competitive at work as a major motivator. By improving the way you look and feel, your self-confidence is naturally bolstered. Upper-level management takes notice of confidence and the qualities that come with it. While a facelift alone can’t get you a new job or help you climb the corporate ladder, it can certainly trigger changes in you that can help. Starting a new beginning in your career could be just the boost you need.
New Beginning #2 – A Special Occasion to Debut the New You
Many patients see an upcoming event or special occasion as the perfect reason to get a facelift. From 20-year high school reunions to awards banquets to a child’s wedding, the special events that qualify as a facelift motivator are diverse in purpose. Still, each of them share three things in common: the event is a life milestone with heavy meaning to the patient, the event will likely involve taking many pictures, and the event will include many other people, some of whom the patient hasn’t seen in a long time. Looking your best at big events like these doesn’t just mean getting a haircut and a new outfit anymore. When you reach the point where your facial features don’t look like you anymore, it’s time to start a new beginning with a facelift.
Bear in mind that planning a surgery in time for a special event can be a delicate business. Do yourself a favor and book your facelift out far enough to allow for a full and proper recovery. With enough time to rest and relax, you’ll certainly look like the youthful you for those friends, family, and photos. Follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure that the smoothest recovery and best results are achieved with your facelift.
New Beginning #3 – The End of One Era, Start of the Next
Another popular reason that patients seek facelift surgery really is a beginning of a new phase of life: divorce. Men and women often find themselves stuck in a rut after ending a relationship with their partner, even if it was mutual and amicable in nature. Whether you’re planning to reenter the dating scene or just spending more time caring for you, facelift surgery can give your self-confidence and self-image a boost. When you look in the mirror and go out into the world, you will have this confidence with you. Achieving this feeling is a good way to begin any major transition. It may also be a good way to psychologically mark a change in yourself.
New Beginning #4 – The Recommitment to Caring for Yourself First
Finally, the best reason of all for a facelift surgery is yourself. While a new career, special event, or ended relationship can be significant, the root of each of these motivators is a desire to better yourself. You don’t always need the bigger reasons to spend the time and money investing in how you look and feel. Many patients reach the decision for a facelift just by realizing that they would feel better if they addressed their aging concerns.
If you have noticed sagging skin and muscles around the lower portion of your face, you could be a good candidate for facelift surgery. You should also be in good overall physical health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations about what plastic surgery can do for you. If you’re not sure, consult with a credentialed plastic surgeon experienced in facelift surgeries to be evaluated. This could be the new beginning you’ve been waiting for.
Schedule Your New Beginning with a Facelift Specialist
Any new beginning can’t get very far if your procedure doesn’t go smoothly. Get the best results from a facelift procedure with a low rate of risks when you plan your surgery with a reputable, specialist facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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Social media has changed so much about the world, and the rise in popularity of “selfie” photos has only added to those changes. A “selfie” is a photograph taken of yourself, by yourself, and usually involves striking a playful pose. Many young men and women are snapping selfies everywhere they go—with friends, in front of their favorite restaurant, and with random strangers if the occasion calls for it. All of these photos, it seems, have started to take a toll on young people’s self-images. In fact, some selfie habits are sending would-be patients straight to the nearest plastic surgery clinic for rhinoplasty surgery.
What Makes Selfies So Different?
Photographs have been around for generations, causing a fair amount of angst for those who don’t like to have their pictures taken. When a person often avoids having pictures taken, this is an indicator of a typical amount of self-image trouble. Eventually, these people will put up with a few snapshots or group photos, even if they aren’t thrilled about the idea.
Social media connects us all in a much more visual way. Profile photos are required for most social networking sites, so there is a tremendous amount of pressure to take a really great picture to post. Then, of course, that picture must be updated again and again and again. Social media and selfie culture have shifted the focus of our interactions to a very visual level. Not only are young men and women aware that everyone is looking at photos of them all the time, but they themselves are taking and studying photos of themselves. Suddenly, those flaws seem magnified and the need for procedures, like nasal surgery, becomes more apparent.
Who Can Have Rhinoplasty Performed?
People seek rhinoplasty surgery to resolve many of their unwanted nasal features. Rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to change the size and shape of the nose in order to improve form without impeding function. Typical concerns that bring patients in for a nasal surgery include a nose that is too large or too small, a nose that is too flat or too pointy, a crooked nose, and nostrils that are too narrow or too wide.
Good candidates for the rhinoplasty procedure are in good physical health with realistic expectations about their potential results. Rhinoplasty can improve inherited characteristics like bumps or humps on the bridge of the nose, nasal deformities, or old injuries from a past nasal fracture. Other patients opt for rhinoplasty to improve asymmetry or a crooked appearance, to refine or narrow the tip, to adjust the projection of the tip, to reduce width of the nasal passages, to increase or decrease the overall size of the nose, or to reduce the size of the nostrils.
Are Self-Image Problems a Good Reason for Rhinoplasty?
Regardless of how you’ve come to think rhinoplasty might improve your self-image, learning more about this procedure can help you make an educated decision that is right for you. If looking at your album full of selfies uncovers a feature you’ve always disliked about yourself, your reason is no less valid than anyone else’s. The intensity of your dislike might be a bit heightened, due to the amount of photos you’re faced with daily, but it doesn’t change the fact that you don’t like your nose. If you think you might be a candidate for rhinoplasty, start with a one-on-one consultationwith a facial plastic surgeon.
During your consultation, the doctor will talk about the features you don’t like about your nose and what lead you to decide that rhinoplasty could be a good option. He will evaluate your physical health, your facial features, and your nasal features. The goal of any cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery is to create an improved nasal shape that is proportionate to the face. Your surgeon will be able to discuss the projected results of a rhinoplasty so you can get a real idea about how this surgery can help you.
Can Rhinoplasty Solve Self-Image Problems?
As mentioned already, good candidates for rhinoplasty have realistic expectations for their surgery. While surgical results can definitely help alleviate some of the strain on your self-image, they cannot provide an instant cure. Following surgery, you will need to give yourself time to adjust to your new nose and accept the way you look with these changes. A good self-image starts within, but sometimes making the right change to undesirable features can be a life-changing experience. If you’re unsure whether plastic surgery is the right answer for you, be sure to discuss these feelings openly with your plastic surgeon. He should be happy to work with you to give you a better understanding of the procedure, how it can change your look and your life, and what you should expect. Getting started with a consultation is the best way to decide if your selfie-inspired rhinoplasty is the right choice for you.
Where Can I Consult for a Rhinoplasty?
If you want to get the bets rhinoplasty results for yourself, it’s important to choose the best surgeon possible. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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There’s a lot more that goes into planning a facelift surgery than just picking a date for your procedure. In fact, as your plastic surgeon will discuss with you in detail, a key component to the process of having a facelift is your recovery period. While the surgery may only last a few hours, your recovery can take days and weeks. To benefit from the results you truly want from your facelift, you must plan ahead to book your procedure at the perfect time, a time when you have plenty of time to recover.
What Brings You In for a Facelift?
If you’re frustrated by the idea of missing work or being restricted from certain activities, it may be helpful to keep in mind the benefits this surgery will provide you. Facelifts are designed to help men and women of nearly any age achieve a more youthful look. This surgery can address drooping, sagging skin and other problems with the lower portion of the face. When the aging process and the effects of gravity form jowls at your jawline, a double chin, or deep folds you despise, a facelift surgery could help you to recover the contour of a more youthful jaw and chin. For many patients, a facelift can take years off their look.
Before booking your facelift consultation, you should be in good physical health without any illness that could impair your ability to heal. You should have an overall healthy lifestyle, eating a proper diet and getting regular exercise. There’s no correct age to receive a facelift procedure. Start planning your facelift if you believe you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
What Should You Expect from Surgery?
If it seems like the recovery period is excessive, it might benefit you to understand the facelift procedure itself. It may seem straightforward to you, but a facelift involves manipulating many delicate features of the face and jaw. Your surgeon will work to fine-tune this area gently and effectively, leaving the skin, muscles, and tissue to heal themselves in their new formations. Rushing through the recovery process can only hurt your results or over-tax your body.
The facelift surgery can be performed as a traditional procedure or a limited procedure. With a traditional facelift, the incisions are made along the hairline and extending in front of and behind the ear, then continuing to the lower scalp. If your surgeon suggests a limited facelift, your incisions will be shorter in length and restricted to the area around the ear. The technique chosen for your procedure will depend on the extent of work that is required to achieve your desired results and the location of your main concerns.
With the incisions in place, your plastic surgeon will now work to lift and tighten the underlying sheet of facial tissues. Secondly, your surgeon will also redistribute the fat deposits that often accumulate throughout the lower face and neck before re-draping the skin to create a more taut but natural-looking appearance. The result of your successful facelift surgery is a refined, youthful profile that still appears natural, as if you have magically melted away the years overnight. Of course, it’s key to make it through your recovery period to reach these final results.
How Much Time Should I Plan for a Facelift Recovery?
We’re not talking about a year for recovery, or even six months. In fact, most patients recover from their facelifts enough to return to work within two weeks, can resume most activities within four weeks, and no longer have swelling after a few months. Your facelift recovery begins with bandages and dressings, as well as drainage tubes to remove excess fluids during the first day or two. The first 48 hours of your recovery will be dedicated to rest and recuperation, while keeping your head elevated to reduce swelling and changing the bandages to keep the incisions clean. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help with any discomfort and most likely will recommend using cold compresses to soothe the swelling and inflammation.
After five to 10 days, your surgeon will remove your sutures at a follow-up appointment and examine your incisions and surgery area to determine how well they are healing. At this stage, he may be able to give you a more definite time frame for returning to work and resuming activities like exercise. After continuing to care for themselves and their face for a few more days, most patients are cleared to return to work at two weeks after surgery. At this point, bruising and redness should be gone and only minimal swelling will remain. On your first day back on the job, you’ll look refreshed and youthful, but it won’t be obvious that you’ve had a facelift unless you spread the word yourself.
If you’re planning your facelift for a specific event, such as a wedding or class reunion, give yourself enough time in advance to come through the entire recovery process. Don’t schedule your facelift two weeks out; instead, give yourself two or three months if you can to fully heal and let all of the swelling subside. Picking the perfect time in advance can make your facelift experience seem much smoother and much less stressful.
Where Can I Get Help to Plan My Facelift?
There’s certainly no perfect time to have a facelift, but there will be a good time for you to undergo this life-changing procedure. If you’re unsure when the right time is for you, the plastic surgeon you choose should be able to walk you through all the details to pick your perfect time. One such plastic surgeon, Dr. Philip Miller, has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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Any plastic surgery can make lasting changes to your appearance, especially a rhinoplasty. Sometimes called a nose job, this surgical procedure can alter the features of your nose that you don’t like or that seem out of proportion with your face. While changing your unwanted nasal characteristics may seem like a dream come true, you should consider undergoing this surgery very seriously. As you make your decision, keep these questions in mind to be sure rhinoplasty is the right choice for you.
What Are the Concerns I Have About My Nose?
Obviously, it’s helpful to know what you would change about your nose before having rhinoplasty performed. Even if you don’t know exactly what you would like changed but have some vague notion that you simply don’t like your nose, a qualified plastic surgeon can help you develop a plan for surgery. Most patients who seek rhinoplasty have struggled with self-image problems related to their nose for a long time, maybe most of their lives. They are often unhappy with the size, shape, and/or structure of their nose and wish to make changes. Typical concerns leading patients to seek rhinoplasty include a nose that is too large, too small, too flat, too pointed, too crooked, too straight, too wide, too narrow, or too round.
The most common changes requested to the nose include the removal of a hump or bump; improvements to nasal asymmetry or crookedness; refining or narrowing the tip; adjusting the projection of the tip; reducing nasal width; increasing or decreasing the overall size of the nose; and reducing the size of the nostrils. In some cases, patients seek rhinoplasty because they have experienced trouble breathing from one or both sides of the nose. This could be an indication that there is an underlying problem with your nasal function, which can also be corrected with rhinoplasty. This surgery can change the shape of the whole nose, focus on one small part, or concentrate on the functionality of the nasal passageways. Whether you are looking to correct function or form, a rhinoplasty surgery could be the right procedure to address your concerns.
Do I Have Realistic Expectations About My Surgery?
Rhinoplasty is indeed a surgery, one that is very intricate and complex. Nasal surgeries are among the oldest plastic surgery procedures and the most difficult to perform. Before undergoing this surgery, or any surgery for that matter, it’s essential to know what to expect from your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will likely walk you through the surgery step by step during your rhinoplasty procedure, but it never hurts to make sure you’re prepared.
You may have either an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty, depending on the extent and location of the changes required to achieve your desired results. A closed rhinoplasty, or endonasal rhinoplasty, begins with incisions made inside the nostrils only, leaving behind no visible scars. The skin is then lifted from the underlying cartilage and bone, allowing the surgeon to recontour and reconstruct the nose. To perform an open rhinoplasty, or external rhinoplasty, one very small incision is made between the nostrils on the underside of the nose. This incision allows the surgeon access to the tip of the nose, which can be opened to reveal the structures of the lower and middle third of the nose.
Once the desired changes are made to the nose, your incisions will be sutured and the nose will be bandaged. You will experience some bruising and swelling, but as these side effects subside, the results of your rhinoplasty will begin to emerge and your new nose will be revealed.
Do I Have Time for a Full Recovery?
An important consideration when you’re thinking about scheduling a rhinoplasty is the time it will take you to recover. You don’t want to book your surgery the week before a vacation, for example, or during a week that you can’t miss an important meeting at work. Your post-operative care will require some time off from work, some restrictions from your regular activities, and a little bit of rest and recuperation.
Following your surgery, you will experience only a small amount of pain and discomfort. Your nose will stay swollen for several days, sometimes causing breathing difficulties at first. Most patients also experience some swelling around the eyes for a few weeks following surgery. While your face and nose are healing after surgery, you will be instructed to take several precautions. Activities like bending and lifting can prolong your swelling, so these should be avoided for three weeks after surgery, along with running, cycling, and aerobics. You should avoid contact sports for six weeks to give the bones enough time to fully heal.
When you book your rhinoplasty procedure, be sure to take into account these various restrictions and the time you will need to be away from work and your daily activities. Planning your recovery is an essential piece of preparing for a surgery, so make sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions in total.
Am I Really Ready to Look Different?
Many patients go into their surgery without considering the fact that they will look different afterwards and it may take some getting used to. Even if your nose is reshaped exactly the way you wanted it, you might not be prepared for the shock of seeing it on your face for the first time. You’ll adjust to this significant change, of course, but it can take some time.
If you’re worried about the shock of that huge change, discuss this with your plastic surgeon. He should be able to provide you with images or projections of the way your nose will look after surgery. Some surgeons might be able to show photos of past patients with similar nasal structures to yours to help you start imagining your new look. To quell your anxieties, try visualization to emotionally prepare yourself for the new way you’ll look. Chances are very good that you’re going to love it.
How Experienced Is Your Surgeon?
The success of your rhinoplasty hinges on the plastic surgeon you select to perform the procedure. Choosing an experienced, credentialed plastic surgeon can minimize your risk of side effects and complications, as well as increase your chances for a successful result. If you’re in the process of selection a surgeon, ask or find the answers to these questions to ensure he is the quality surgeon you need and deserve:
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