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Mini Face Lift – Is it for You?

What is a Mini Face Lift?

A mini face lift targets a smaller area than a full face lift.  The procedure focuses primarily on the jaw, lower cheeks, and neck area of the patient.  This procedure involves smaller incisions and generally a shorter recovery time.  Some people refer to this procedure as a “weekend face lift”, due to the  shorter recovery period. This is a deceptive nickname.  While the recovery  is shorter than that for a full face lift, it does take longer than a weekend.

Benefits of a Mini Face Lift

This face lift procedure option  is excellent for patients that are beginning to show signs of aging in their neck and lower jowls.  The procedure is less involved than a full face lift, with shorter surgical and post op recovery times, and it provides significant improvement in appearance.  Benefits of a mini face lift  include:

  • Improved Self Confidence  – Patients feel an increase in self confidence as a result of  looking rejuvenated and younger.  Feeling confident affects all areas of your life.
  • Conservative Treatment–  This treatment is less invasive than a full face lift, addressing the lower region of the face, jawline, and neck.  The procedure complements your natural features and restores a more youthful appearance proportionate to your skin laxity and degree of wrinkles.
  • Short Surgical Time – This procedure takes approximately two hours.
  • Minimal Scarring – Incisions from a mini face lift are easily concealed within your natural facial contours and hairline.
  • Less Side Effects – Mini face lift procedures result in less swelling, bruising, and tenderness than a full face lift.
  • Local Anesthesia – A mini face lift can be done with a local anesthetic, allowing the patient to remain conscious during the procedure without feeling pain.  This minimizes the side affects of general anesthesia.

The Procedure

The mini face lift procedure treats the neck, jawline and lower third of the face.  This procedure is common among somewhat younger patients who are showing the first signs of aging.  Placement of the incisions depends on the condition and extent of skin laxity. Incisions placement options are along the hairline, behind the ear, and along the tragus or behind the tragus. The size and shape of the cartilage structure in front of the ear canal (tragus) determines if the incision goes behind this
structure or before it in a natural skin crease.  Read more about face lift procedures and techniques.

These incision considerations are part of your discussion with your surgeon during your consultation.  A mini face lift provides significant results, as it alters the patient’s skin and the underlying muscles and fat. Through the incisions made,  the doctor lifts the underlying  muscles, called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) and removes unwanted fat and eliminates excess skin. This allows the surgeon to enhance your natural facial contours and provide significant, natural looking results.

Mini Face Lift Recovery

Recovery and healing times vary by patient.  Some patients  return to work within seven days from the surgery.  Others may require several weeks to heal from the swelling and other side effects.  It may take up to a year for the final results to be apparent.

Mini Face Lift procedures, depending on patient health factors, can be performed on an outpatient basis.  The patient returns home to rest the day of the surgery.  You may be given a compression bandage to wear.  And, the surgeon may place drains at the surgical locations to prevent fluid build up.  Typically your surgeon will want to see you in their office the next day.  Follow up appointments are then scheduled, and typically, after a week, your sutures are removed.

Common side affects include:

  • Sensation of tightness of the skin
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Loss of sensation
  • Discomfort

Post Surgery Limitations

Each patient’s health and recovery is unique, so follow your doctor’s directions regarding any limitations on returning to normal activities.  Typically though, patients return to work within 7-14 days. Other limitations include:

  • Refrain from strenuous activities that might raise your heart rate for the week following the surgery.
  • Discuss with your surgeon when it is appropriate to resume normal exercise and strenuous activities.

Typical Candidates for Mini Face Lift

The mini face lift procedure is common for patients that are experiencing the first signs of aging in their neck and jowls.  Mini face lifts are appropriate for both women and men.  Men seeking facial plastic surgery should find a surgeon that is well trained and experienced in male facial plastic surgery, as the anatomy and skin considerations are different from women’s.

Planning Your Mini Face Lift

Patients should research general information about face lift procedure options and what is involved with each one.  This is informative, and it also creates a starting point for conversations with your surgeon.  Select a surgeon that specializes in facial plastic surgery and one that is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery .

Read Dr. Woods’ blog on Plastic Surgery Planning Tips for additional information and considerations for planning your procedure.

Your Consultation

Schedule a consultation appointment with the surgeon you are considering for your procedure.  Select a surgeon that consistently delivers excellent, natural looking results and has extensive experience as a facial plastic specialist.  During your consultation use this time to discuss procedure options best suited to your circumstances,  health issues, and concerns.

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Skin Care Affordable Product Reviews

Skin Care Products from the Drug Store

You don’t have to spend a fortune on your skin care products to take care good of your skin and look great.  Below are featured  a few recommended products that can be found in your local drugstore and are very affordable.  These are not experts’ recommendations. These suggestions for basic skin care items are from the patients and team of  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery .

Skin care starts from the inside out, and a healthy lifestyle is one of the first and best things you can do to ensure your skin is healthy and vibrant.

Remember to follow these skin care tips from Dr. Woods:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get plenty of regular exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Remove your makeup each night
  • Wear Sunscreen daily

These product recommendations are solely our own opinions, and our suggestions, and they are meant to provide useful, money saving tips. They are not paid endorsements, nor are our product suggestions based on any independent scientific research.


Neutrogena’s sunscreen is ultra sheer and provides a broad spectrum uva-uvb 45++ SPF protection.  This light, non-greasy spray on sunscreen is quick and easy to apply and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.  This is the #1 Dermatologist recommended sunscreen.


skin care sunscreen from drugstore

                      Neutrogena Sunscreen 

Sells for about $10.99


Skin Care Dark Spot Corrector

Garnier’s Dark Spot Corrector  is a favorite of one of our team members.  She swears that when applied all over your face, twice daily (once at night and once in the morning under makeup) that this product minimizes age spots and sun spots and creates a brighter appearance to your complexion.  This fast absorbing, non-sticky formula is designed with a unique complex of Antioxidant Vitamin C & E, Pine Bark Essence and gentle exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA). It promotes surface cell turnover to reveal more radiant, younger-looking skin with a reduced appearance of dark spots.

Results per Garnier:

Clinically proven results.* In 2 weeks, a visible “new skin” effect as the look of dark spots, age spots and discoloration is visibly reduced. Re-surfaces skin and helps reduce the look of years of visible sun damage. *In a clinical test.  This from the manufacturer’s report.  And, our Woods Facial Plastic Surgery team member supports this!

Skin care dark spot corrector

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter dark spot corrector  Retail price about                           $16


Make Up Remover

This product originated 150 years ago, but still works to remove makeup, cleanse skin, and gives skin a dewy appearance. Generations of women swear by it for makeup removal and its moisturizing properties.  Unlike ordinary cleansers, POND’S® Cold Cream Cleanser is actually 50% moisturizer. It deep cleans and removes dirt and makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara, while infusing your skin with vital moisture – all in one easy routine. And it doesn’t clog pores.

Skin care makeup remover

                       Ponds Cold Cream.  Sells for about                                                $9.99

We hope you have enjoyed these affordable, drugstore beauty product recommendations to keep your skin protected and looking its best.  Tell us what affordable or tried and true skin care products are your favorites.  Comment or share and we will try to include your favorites in our next Reader’s Choice blog.


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Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Summer Newsletter

About Face Summer Newsletter

Summer Sun & Fun

Check out the About Face | Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Summer Newsletter with Dr. Woods’ picks for sunscreen, recommendations on the best protection from your sunglasses, and even delicious infused water recipes to enjoy while you stay hydrated.  Skincare and protection from the sun are always important in Arizona with the intense heat and 211 days of sunshine.

Sunscreen Protection

There are a myriad of choices for sunscreen on the market today.  Key factors in selecting a product for you depend on your needs, even age, and activities.  The most important thing to remember, is wear sunscreen daily! All over.  The SPF factor should be a minimum of 25.  There are specialty products for children, for your face, and for sports activities.  Two top picks are suggested in our Summer Newsletter.   One for under makeup to offer strong protection while still providing an attractive finish with makeup, for the ladies.  The other is a top rated sports sunscreen.

Sunglasses and Eye Protection

Read Dr. Woods’ blog for a complete discussion on choosing the best glasses to protect your eyes.  Repeated squinting contributes to wrinkles.  The right sunglasses help reduce this and protect your vision from the strong summer sun.


Truly, drinking a lot of water is so important for our health, but also for our skin.  This is especially important during the summer!  We lose more water through perspiration and all the fun outdoor activities we enjoy.  Why not have fun with our intentional hydration efforts!? Check out the creative and delicious Infused Water recipes  we like from the Food Network.  Are you in the mood for strawberry cucumber? Or perhaps tomato basil?  There are a number of delicious choices that make drinking our daily dose water fun and tasty.

Summer Skincare from ZonaMedSpa

When it is time to take a break, or while the kids are at camp, an appointment with Michele and her talented staff of technicians will rejuvenate your face and spirit.

All of us at About Face | Woods Facial Plastic Surgery hope you are enjoying your summer and taking good care of your face!  Our Summer Survival Kit is a great checklist to keep that face and your skin looking fine!

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Sunglasses Prevent Wrinkles

Choosing Sunglasses for Wrinkle Prevention

Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses

The weather forecast this summer – sunny and hot.  Surprise!  Actually, it is no surprise that this summer, just about wherever you go, will be warm and sunny.  One easy way to protect your eyes from the strong summer sun AND prevent wrinkles is choosing the best sunglasses, so you can stop squinting.

Repetitive facial positions eventually lead to lines and wrinkles.  Check out our blog Wrinkles – Genetics or Habits for more info on this. An easy, quick, and even affordable solution is to select the best sunglasses to protect your eyes and stop wrinkle producing squinting.

You can find sunglasses designed for every summer and winter activity.  There are glasses for  water sports, tennis, golf, driving, etc., as well as those that are designed purely for style.  If you are like most of us, you own many pairs for different purposes.  Be sure to pick those that meet your needs, but also only select sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays.  UV rays cause short and long-term eye damage according to the American Academy of Opthamology.

Six Easy Tips for Selecting Your Next Sunglasses

Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection

Only buy sunglasses that say 100% UV Protection.  This is the most important thing to look for when selecting sunglasses.  This sticker should be right on the lens.  Be sure to look for it.

Big Means Less Squinting & Better Wrinkle Prevention

Size does matter.  The more coverage offered by the sunglasses the less sun damage to your eyes.  But, larger lenses also prevent squinting.  This is where over-sized glasses or the wrap around sport styles are handy.  Another key tip – wear 100% UV Protection sunglasses and a hat.  Hats do a tremendous job eliminating glare to your eyes and sun on your skin.

Darker Lenses Don’t Mean Better Protection

While dark lenses may be stylish, they do not necessarily offer greater UV protection to your eyes, but you may find they block more light in general and do a better job at preventing wrinkle producing squinting.

Color Doesn’t Matter for UV Protection

Lenses come in a myriad of colors.  Today’s glasses come in amber, green or gray lense colors.  These shades do not block more sun, but they can sometimes increase the visual contrast.  Many athletes find this visual contrast helpful.

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare from reflective surfaces, such as snow, pavement, or water.  While this does not offer more protection from the damaging UV rays, it can reduce squinting and make you more comfortable enjoying outdoor activities.  If you prefer polarized lenses, be sure they also provide 100% UV protection.

Protection Does Not Mean Pricey

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the proper protection from your sunglasses.  Less expensive glasses that say 100% UV protection can be just as effective as more expensive brands.  And, for those fashion focused friends, be sure your designer label glasses provide 100% UV protection, so you can be both stylish and smart.

Enjoy your summer and time in the great outdoors and be smart about your eyes and skin protection.  Get the proper sunglasses, wear 25++ SPF sunscreen always and everywhere, and wear a hat!



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Micro-Needling What to Expect

Micro-Needling – Six Things You Should Know

Micro-Needling – Six Things You Should Know

From Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Valued Partner Zona Med Spa – Six Things You Should Know about Micro-Needling.

Does the thought of needles running across your face make you cringe?  We promise, it’s not as bad as it sounds!  Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) treats fine lines, acne scars and improves the skin’s overall appearance.  And, for most people, depending on the issues being treated, it is not especially uncomfortable.

The procedure uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. The micropen also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.

Think of  Micro-Needling as comparable to aerating your lawn. You create tiny little holes in the skin to create better skin, just as you do for your lawn.

  1. Micro-Needling Works on a Wide Variety of Skin Issues

Micro-Needling’s most common application is for resurfacing skin texture. The treatment also combats discoloration, enlarged pores, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines and crepey skin. Even if you don’t have any major skin issues, Micro-Needling can give you a beautiful, dewy appearance and glow.

  1. Micro-Needling – Customize Your Treatment

Before your treatment, your esthetician should conduct an assessment of your skin. The needle depth applied depends on the particular skin issues being addressed.

If you have deep acne scars, the needle will need to go further down into the skin.

If your only skin issues are enlarged pores or pigmentation, then that requires less needle depth.

Your esthetician uses specific serums during the treatment to address individualized concerns.

  1. Micro-Needling Should not be Super Painful

Micro-Needling may sound intimating, but it’s commonly described as awkward feeling due to the prickly sensation. Of course, there a couple factors that will determine your degree of discomfort.

The first factor is how deep the needles go into the skin. If you’re receiving a more superficial treatment, then there is nothing to worry about. The pain is mild to none.

Patients whose skin issues require more in-depth needling, often request a topical numbing anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.

Most importantly, everyone has different pain tolerances.  Be sure to talk to your esthetician to address your concerns.

  1. Multiple Sessions are Highly Recommended

Similar to Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion, multiple sessions deliver the most dramatic and lasting results from your Micro-Needling treatment.

You will see an immediate glow with just one session.  Visible changes to the skin continue to develop over the course of several days and weeks.   As your skin’s collagen production continues,  it is common to see continued improvement in your skin’s appearance up to 6 months after the treatment.

Some patients only require a single treatment, once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.

Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars should receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals in order to see optimal results.

  1. Prepare for a Little Downtime

Expect a bright redness to the skin immediately after your procedure. Your total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of passes your skincare professional performs.

On average, patients experience redness for 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.

  1. Pre-treatment Instructions for Micro-Needling

Follow these pre-treatment instructions to ensure you heal from the procedure as fast as possible.

Tell your technician, if you take a blood thinner, fish oil, aspirin or any other medication, and you have the tendency to bleed easily as a result.

Additionally, if under a physician’s care, and you need to discontinue your medication for a few days, always get approval from your physician prior to each Micro-Needling treatment.

Take Arnica Montana pre and post procedure to alleviate bruising and swelling  (Customers can purchase this at health food stores. Follow the manufacturer’s directions). Take Arnica Montana 24 hours before treatment and continue for 3 days after treatment.

These are the basics to Micro-Needling procedures.

We recommend you only seek services from qualified professionals.  Talk with  Zona Med Spa’s Michele Hunter, RN, CANS, a master injector with 20 years of experience.


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Looks matter in job and relationships

Looks, Do They Matter?

Our Looks, Do They Matter?

This is a volatile topic in today’s environment of selfies, selfie videos, entire social media accounts built around photos of a single person.  Self absorption and obsession sometimes seem to be at all time highs. Facial plastic surgery, in fact all cosmetic surgeries, are at  all time highs as well.  Do our looks matter?  Of course they do, but to whom, and how much?

There is an age old truism “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”.  And this is an elemental truth.  If you are one of the few whose career is based solely on your appearance, then what’s on the inside takes on a far lesser importance.  But, if you are like the rest of us, who we are on the inside, our interpersonal abilities, knowledge, experience, skills, and confidence play a far greater role in our lives than our looks.  But, before you get too comfortable with that idea, read on about the impact our looks have on our relationships, self confidence and careers.


What about the role our looks play in attracting a mate?  We can often see from single friends, they have a “type”.  There is a look, facial type, hair color, that attract them.  What is the role this plays in staying together in a relationship?  There is an interesting article that reflects statistical results from a survey conducted with couples regarding their value and priority of their mate’s appearance.

Read the full article “Is Love Really Blind” by Vivian Diller PhD that appears in The Huffington Post.  It states that men are more concerned  than women about their partner’s aging facial appearance, especially during the first seven years of a relationship — but their concerns diminish over time.  Dr. Diller also reports “No doubt, couples need to work on their emotional connection, but paying attention to one’s physical appearance may ensure that a relationship not only gets off to a good start, but remains there……But it’s time we accept what many of us instinctively know, yet hate to admit; caring for and about, our looks matters, too.”

So, the bottom line, yes our looks do matter in our relationships.  We do not have to super model or super stud hot, but we need to take care of ourselves, our facial appearance, and our bodies as one factor in keeping our relationships vibrant.

Self Confidence

In this same study, conducted by Harris Interactive,  a high number of couples (92%) agreed that their relationship was healthier when both partners felt confident about their appearance. Over half (52%) of men and women indicate that they would like their partner to pay more attention to their physical appearance. Faces are the physical feature people most often focus on, especially the eyes.   Eyes are used to engage when a couple first meets. Lips that smile back at us convey the desire to move a relationship forward.

A key statement here, is that relationships are healthier when both partners feel confident about their appearance.  This carries over into all areas of our lives.  A lack of self confidence, grounded in our appearance, affects every area of our lives: how we interact with others both personally and professionally.

Patients electing facial plastic surgery are most often doing so, because they wish to feel more confident in themselves.  Most do not desire to radically alter their looks, unlike what we see on online and in magazines depicting  facial plastic surgery gone too far.   Instead, a patient generally wants to recapture a more youthful appearance or improve their looks to better complement their face.

How Our Looks Affect Our Careers

Yes, our looks do affect our career opportunities, how we advance in our careers, and how much we are paid.  Sad, but true.  Another interesting study reported in Forbes magazine 2013 “You Are Judged by Your Appearance” relates these somewhat astonishing findings.

Tall people earn more money than their shorter co-workers.  They earn  $789 + more  annually for every  inch of height above average for a tall worker.

Overweight workers earn less.  Workers that have a BMI of greater than 30 are paid less (by a rate of $8,666/year for women and $4,772 for obese men) than their more svelte co-workers.

Blondes earn more, by  7% ,  than other non-blonde female employees.

Employees that are in good shape, such as those who exercise three or more times a week,  earn about $80 more  per week more than their less fitness minded co-workers.

Women who wear makeup  not only earn more than their make-free counterparts, but they are deemed higher in competence and trustworthiness.

Handsome people earn more.  Beautiful workers earn approximately 5% more than unattractive employees.

Take heart, if you rate yourself as a plain Jane.  Female co-workers deemed ‘too pretty’ will earn less.   Exceptionally attractive men still benefit from their good looks and will earn more than their less attractive male counterparts.

These findings are not fair, but they do reflect the answer to the question: do my looks affect my career?  Yes!


Our Looks Do Matter

Our looks do affect almost every part of our lives.  It is not politically correct.  And, it is not fair.

Choosing facial plastic surgery to improve your appearance today is easier and more affordable than ever before.  There are many choices for specific results, reduced scarring, multiple non-surgical options, and improved recovery periods.

The message here, take care of your appearance, your general health, and your fitness.  You will not only look and feel better, you will enjoy greater confidence and most likely benefit from healthier relationships, and maybe even get a pay raise or that job you wanted.




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Summer Survival Kit Tips

Summer Survival Kit

Heat Wave

Summer is a time of  fun in the sun, popsicles, pools, and tan lines.  That is if you live almost anywhere other than Scottsdale, Arizona!  Here in Arizona we are experiencing record heat waves with temperatures reaching 120 degrees. Most people in Arizona are hiding inside air conditioned spaces. (Read my article on summer seasonal facial plastic surgery in Arizona). Hello summer!  So, if you are like most Scottsdale residents, you are packing up and heading to the beach or the mountains.  Whether you are staying in town or getting out of Dodge,  here are a few Summer Survival Kit reminders from your Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Summer Survival Kit Priority 1:  Sunscreen

Sunscreen is so important for the your health, but also a key factor in the appearance of your skin.  This survival kit item is priority one.  Sunscreen in the morning ladies as part of your make up routine, please.  Use a product with a minimum of 25 SPF.  And gentlemen, you should apply sunscreen each morning as well.

If you are planning on spending time outside, playing sports, or in the water, reapply regularly.  Remember to apply every where, especially those forgotten spots like your ears and guys, don’t forget the tops of your heads.

Stock up on a variety of sunscreen products.  Water and sports sunscreens with higher SPF’s are key for those beach and pool times, tennis and golf.  They are designed to last longer and resist washing off with water and perspiration.  Keep lip balm with sunscreen in your sports bags and purses. Pack extra sunscreen in your beach and sports bags, so it is always on hand.  Train your kids early to get in the sunscreen habit.

Even if you are in the city working through the hot summer days, keep sunscreen application a part of your daily routine.  The left side of your face and arms are exposed to significant sun while driving.  That exposure adds up.

Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, along with UV protective long sleeve clothing will make a difference in how your skin looks now and as you age.

Summer Survival Kit Item #2 – Protective Gear

When we suggest protective gear, we aren’t referring to knee pads and hard hats.  Wearing hats, sunglasses and light long sleeve shirts helps protect your skin.

Check out some of the sportswear  that is made with UV protection and is light to wear, vented, and very attractive.  Tennis players, golfers, and equestrians who spend most of their day in the sun have learned this clothing is crucial to protecting their health and skin.

Hats and visors are a must to include in your summer survival kit.  This will do a lot to protect your face, keep you from squinting, and shields your eyes from the summer sun glare.

Summer Survival Kit Item #3 – Water!

Hydrate!  We should all drink water throughout the day.  The daily recommended water intake for a woman is 2.7 liters and 3.7 liters for men.  If you are an athlete participating in vigorous exercise, you are probably losing 1.5 to 2.0 liters of water through sweating.  So, as you calculate your water intake, include replenishing what you have sweated out in exercise or high heat conditions.

Not only is water important for our body’s health, but it is an important factor in keeping our skin fresh, hydrated, and looking its best.

Summer Survival Tip #4 – Head to the Spa for Skincare

Summer is a great time to visit your local skin care aesthetician for facials, laser hair removal, and other treatments to look and feel your best.

Your everyday cleansers and scrubs can only do so much to combat the sweat, dirt, and air pollution that are determined to stick in your pores. So, what can you do detoxify, rejuvenate, and protect your skin? Consider trying a HydraFacial.

HydraFacials are the newest game changer in the world of skin health. This treatment is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, hydrate, and protect your skin all in just one session! It is non-invasive and has zero downtime. Results can be seen immediately after your treatment, leaving you looking radiant and refined. This and other skincare treatments will not only improve the look of your skin, but with frequent treatments, it will help your skin health!

Summer Survival Tip #5 – Relax!

Summer is the time for relaxation.  It is important for our mental health.  Summer Survival Kit reminder:  it is okay to put down the cell phone, to spend time relaxing and hanging out with the people you enjoy, or read a good book.  Down time is important for our minds to relax and recover, but it can also improve our appearance.  Get the sleep and rest you need to look your best.

Your Summer Survival Kit  includes a reminder to enjoy the abundant fresh, local fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, wear your sunscreen, and relax.  It will make a difference in your looks and you will feel terrific!


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Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery

Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery

You have been wanting facial plastic surgery for some time now.  We feel young.  We feel great!  But a quick glimpse of our reflection shows us we are beginning to look older than we feel.  When you have made the decision to have a face lift, or any other facial cosmetic procedure, you will want a few tips to help with preparing for your plastic surgery.

Your research is complete.  You have had your consultation, and selected your surgeon.  Soon the day for your surgery will arrive.  What can you do to prepare for optimum results prior to your procedure?  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your facial plastic surgery.

Preparing for your Plastic Surgery Mentally

All surgeries come with risks of complications.  While plastic surgery techniques have advanced to reduce swelling and bruising, you will still need to prepare yourself mentally for the procedure, potential complications, and the recovery process.  Do your homework prior to your procedure to prepare and educate yourself. This helps you understand what to expect in terms of results, your appearance immediately after the surgery and the healing process.

Prior to your procedure, it is helpful to focus on keeping your stress levels minimized.  Anxiety makes our bodies less efficient, and it can compromise our immune system.  Tension restricts blood flow to your capillaries, leading to less healthy cells  and potentially an increased risk for infection.

There are many wonderful techniques to reduce your stress levels.  These include practicing yoga, meditation, and even relaxing hobbies or sports.  Pamper yourself before your surgery and replace your anxiety with excitement and confidence.

Surgery Preparation Weeks Ahead

For a few weeks to your procedure, preparing for your plastic surgery includes preparing your body in general.  You will want to support your body in its healing and recovery process after your procedure.  The healthier you are beforehand, the faster you will heal after the procedure.  Take these steps in the weeks and days preceding your facial plastic surgery.

  • Stop Smoking.  Smoking makes your capillaries constrict, which reduces blood flow and weakens your immune system.  Stop smoking weeks before your surgery, and don’t start again until your doctor clears you.
  • Stop Drinking.  Alcohol increases bleeding, and it also interferes with your immune system, which can lead to complications.
  • Tell your plastic surgeon about all the medications (prescribed, over the counter, and narcotic use), so that he or she can prepare for potential complications.  Your surgeon may ask you to stop using certain medications until you have healed from your surgery.
  • Eat fresh, healthy foods, and drink plenty of water.  Avoid packaged foods.  Instead choose fruits, vegetables, and whole foods which boost the immune system and generally make your body work better.  Avoid salt and carbohydrates, but do eat lots of plant based foods and protein.
  • Do not eat salicylates in the weeks prior to your procedure.  They contribute to bruising.  To minimize dark bruises after your surgery, avoid eating almonds, berries, cherries, citrus fruit, peaches (and similar fruits), grapes, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
  • Take a multi-vitamin every day leading up to the surgery, but take it easy on the vitamin E.  Focus instead on vitamin A, C and Bromelain.

In addition to preparing your body from the inside, consider your outer appearance.  Do you get that haircut in advance?  You might want to wait on a haircut until after you heal from your surgery.  Longer hair will help hid any bruising. But, you will want to color your hair in advance, as your scalp may be sensitive for awhile after your procedure. Manicure and pedicure appointments prior to your procedure might be a nice treat, so that you look your best as you recover.

Preparing Your Environment

It is a good idea to prepare your home, your family, and your place of work for this interruption in your schedule as well.

Your Home

You will definitely want a comfortable recovery area after your plastic surgery procedure.  You will likely feel pain or wooziness afterward, so you should prepare your home in advance.  Have the house cleaned, stock the fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables, and prepare meals in advance or arrange for a friend or family member to do it for you. Create a comfortable place to rest with your favorite pillows and blankets, (extra pillows to prop your head up and maybe some for under your knees), and make sure you have plenty of entertainment on hand, whether you prefer books, movies or your tablet.

Another important tip, make sure you have a large stash of ice packs too.  These will keep the swelling down, ease some of the pain, and prevent some bruising. Some other supplies you may want to have on hand:  pads to protect your mattress from oozes; gauze and peroxide for cleaning wounds; Bacitracin, Neosporin or other antibiotic ointments; water and other drinks at your bedside;  your surgeon and pharmacy telephone numbers handy; and stool softeners or laxatives.

Preparing Your Family to Help Out After Your Surgery

Immediately after your surgery, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home, but also consider that you will need assistance or help with your normal driving obligations.  Make advance arrangements for someone to run errands, take the dog to the groomer, or pick up groceries and prescriptions.  Someone to help with household chores is need as well.

Preparing for Work Absence After Your Plastic Surgery

You should take time off from work after your plastic surgery in order to allow yourself to heal. Talk with your surgeon about expected recovery periods and any limitations you might expect.

Days Before Your Surgery

When your plastic surgery procedure is less than a week away, follow these steps to help prepare your body.

  • Wash the area gently, but firmly at least once every day.  You may get better results with once in the morning and once in the evening.  If you are having a face lift, be sure to wash behind your ears.
  • Continue taking your vitamins as directed.
  • Your surgeon may ask that you don’t eat anything 24 hours prior to your procedure.  If he or she gives you this instruction, be sure to follow it.

Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery Hours Before

On the day of your surgery, eat a light meal, unless your surgeon instructed you not to do so.

  • Attend to your hygiene as usual, but don’t apply makeup, chew gum, or take breath mints.
  • Don’t wear contacts, tight clothes, or jewelry.  Make yourself as comfortable as possible by wearing loose clothing and glasses.
  • You may want a scarf and dark glasses to wear afterward.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the procedure.
  • Show up on time for your pre-surgery sedation.

Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery Success

Keep in mind, you are in charge of your body’s wellness and recovery.  Preparing for your plastic surgery procedure can have a big impact on your healing and recovery.  Always ask your surgeon questions and share your concerns, so that you feel educated and prepared for the procedure.

Plan ahead to allow yourself the time to relax and heal.  And, before you know it, you will be enjoying your new appearance confidently.


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Your Nose Job – What to Expect

Choosing a Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Procedure

Everyone that elects to have a nose job has different motivations for choosing to have a rhinoplasty procedure.  Here is  you can expect from your nose job procedure.  Some of us are born with a nose that doesn’t fit with our face, or one that we would like to improve a bit. Other people undergo rhinoplasty (nose job) procedures for health or medical reasons.  We see many patients that have suffered a sports injury, and while correcting their medical issues, they choose to make a few alterations to the appearance of their nose as well.

A rhinoplasty procedure is one of the more complex facial plastic surgery procedures. This procedure requires a skilled surgeon with an aesthetic eye to create a balanced, pleasing, natural looking result.  It is important to trust the health and appearance of your nose to a facial plastic surgeon specialist.

Understanding Your Nose

Our noses are not only front and center on our faces, they perform critical functions for our well being and health (like breathing), and they can have a profound effect on how we feel about our appearance.  Our nose is a very complex appendage.  Learn more about the individual components that make up the nose.

What Changes will a Nose Job Make for my Appearance?

Some people feel self conscious with the appearance of their nose.  They desire a change or improvement in the balance of their face.  This is a very personal decision.  Feeling confident in one’s appearance usually changes how we interact act with others and how we feel about ourselves.

If you desire a change in your appearance, here are a few of the aesthetic issues a nose job can accomplish:

  • Make the nose more in line with the proportions of the face
  • Correct nostrils that are not uniform in size and shape
  • Lengthen or shorten the nose
  • Correct issues or reshape the tip of the nose
  • Remove defects such as lumps or depressions

Health or Injury Issues

If health or medical issues are involved, a rhinoplasty (nose job) may create greater comfort and increased ease of breathing.  Depending on your circumstances, a nose job may help:

  • Alleviate sinus pressure and make it easier to breathe properly
  • Correct nose structure so that the nasal passages are less susceptible to inflammation
  • Restore structure to a nose that was damaged in an accident
  • Correct the defects that resulted from a prior rhinoplasty procedure

Evaluating Your Nose

Surgical procedures are tailored to each individual nose and patient’s needs.

Your surgeon will evaluate your nose as a whole by examining each of its parts, determining how they interrelate with one another and with the rest of the face and body type. Careful consideration is given to the final appearance the patient desires.  At Woods Facial Plastic Surgery the goal is to provide a natural appearance, one that is in harmony with the individual’s face and body.

Recovering After Nose  Job Surgery

It is important to remember that everyone heals differently.  Here are a few general guidelines on what to expect after your surgery.

Post surgery a small splint will be placed on your nose. This will protect the nose and keep it stable for approximately 3 – 5 days.  Your surgeon may use nasal packing to reduce swelling and help with the bleeding. This packing is placed in your nose during the surgery and removed the next morning.

Mild to moderate discomfort is to be expected after the surgery, and this is typically alleviated with prescribed painkillers.  Typically, patients are able to stop taking the medication 48 hours after the surgery.  Bruising and swelling from the surgery also are common, and you may even develop two black eyes from the surgery.

You will need to keep your head elevated for a period of time as prescribed by your surgeon after the surgery. It also is important to sleep on your back for a few weeks after the surgery to avoid putting pressure on your nose.

Be Careful – Your New Nose Will  Be Sensitive

Avoid trauma to your nose after your nose job.  This means no contact sports, and being careful in general situations where you might get bumped in the nose (children and pets are common culprits).  If you wear glasses, you should not wear them for a few weeks after your surgery, but contacts are okay.  Also, be gentle washing your face.  The skin on your nose is sun sensitive for a few weeks, so be sure to apply sunscreen (once your surgeon gives the okay).

When Does My Nose Look Normal Again?

Typically, most of the swelling diminishes within two weeks post rhinoplasty surgery.  Within a month the remaining swelling should be gone.  Everyone heals and responds differently, so the key is to be patient.  Allow your body to heal and recover fully.

Talk with Your Doctor

Selecting a surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty is an important choice.  I strongly encourage you to select a facial plastic surgeon.  Do your research, and meet with your list of potential surgeons.  Almost all surgeons charge a consultation fee, consider this a worthwhile investment in the overall process to determine the best surgeon for you.  Talk with each of them.  Look at their results portfolio. Ask questions. Review their credentials and ask about their experience.

During your consultation, be honest about what you like or dislike about your appearance and your nose and what you expect or desire regarding your results.  It is also important to discuss any medical, health, or injuries related to your nose.

Renewing Confidence

Nose re-shaping can refine the appearance of the nose and enhance the unique natural beauty of the patient, and in some cases, improve your well being and alleviate medical conditions.  If you have struggled with self confidence in your appearance because of your nose, a nose job can enhance your self confidence.

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Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

Your Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

So, you are thinking about facial plastic surgery. Facial plastic surgery is becoming increasingly common.  But as with any surgical procedure, you will want to do your research on procedure options, surgeons, recovery, and expected outcomes.  Facial plastic surgery is a highly specialized field, which requires precise and often minute adjustments to make the desired changes.  Here is a basic facial plastic surgery terms cheat sheet.  These are good basic terms to know when you go in for your initial consultation.

And, a reminder for during your consultation, ask questions! If you don’t understand, express that and ask for further explanation.  It is frustrating for a patient, and for the doctor as well, when a patient leaves the visit, and feels they didn’t gain a clearer understanding of the procedure, options, considerations, and expected outcomes.

Types of Facial Surgery

There is a wide variety of facial plastic surgeries – from cheek implants to lip augmentation, but below are the four most common categories.

Blepharoplasty  (Eyelid Lift)

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes wrinkled or drooping skin above the eye.  This procedure gives the eyes a wider, more youthful appearance.

Blepharoplasty also refers to the process of reducing the fat deposits that cause bags under the eyes.  Surgeons make incisions in the natural folds of the eyelids or interior lining to hide any possible scarring.  You can read a more detailed description of the evaluation process, procedure options, and recovery #blepharoplasty.

Brow Lift

A brow lift reduces wrinkles and expression lines in the forehead and around the eyes.  Surgeons conduct the procedure through incisions in the front hairline or above the ears.  A brow lift can rejuvenate a person’s expression by creating a more youthful contour to the upper part of the face.  It helps you appear more refreshed, your eyes appear brighter and often you look less tired and have a more welcoming facial appearance.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

Rhinoplasty changes the shape and size of the nose.  Surgeons use small incisions inside the nose or in the skin between the nostrils to access and alter bone and cartilage.  Surgeons may remove or add small portions of skin, bone, or cartilage to reshape the nose structure.  When a surgeon builds up a portion of the nose, they may use a filler substance as well.

Is your nose misshapen as a result of trauma or an injury? Do you have other medical or breathing issues? Be sure to discuss these factors with your surgeon as well.

In discussing your rhinoplasty procedure, you will want to have an honest discussion with your surgeon about your expected outcomes.

Rhytidectomy (Face lift)

Natural aging of our faces may cause us to appear older than we are and change our facial expression to one of fatigue or scowling.  A face lift can rejuvenate your appearance and restore a more youthful, vibrant expression.  A face lift repositions the fatty deposits in the face and removes excess and sagging skin.  Surgeons make their incisions in the hairline or behind the ear to obscure any scars.

There are a variety of face lift procedure options.  So, it will be important to candidly discuss with the surgeon your desired outcomes and options.

You can get most types of plastic surgeries in varying degrees, particularly those performed on the face.  For example, a full face lift corrects signs of aging in the forehead, cheeks, jaw, and neck.  But many patients opt for a mini face lift, which lifts the cheeks but not the neck or brow.  The mini procedure is less invasive and requires less recovery time.  Talk to your doctor about the best options for your individual aging process.

Types of Scarring

Your surgeon will conceal and prevent much of the scarring associated with any kind of surgery.  The most common types of scarring are:


These scars are darker than a patient’s natural skin.


This type of scar tissue is at the site of a wound or incision.  Hypertrophic scars occur in thick clusters.


Hypopigmented scars are scars that are lighter than a patient’s natural skin.


Keloid scars itch or are painful, even after recovery. Keloids are most likely to develop where there is little fatty tissue under the skin.  This type of scarring was more common many years ago, but occurs less frequently with today’s improved technique and procedures.

Any incision has a chance of scarring. Surgeons make most incisions in inconspicuous places to decrease the chance of unattractive, visible scars.

Types of Surgeons

Many people confuse and don’t understand the difference between a facial plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon.  There is an important differentiation that you should understand and take into consideration for facial plastic surgery.

Facial Plastic Surgeon Training & Board Certifications

The American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery discusses the qualifications, training, and education related to facial plastic surgery. Many Facial Plastic Surgeons are ENT’s (Ear, Nose & Throat specialists).

The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery discusses the lengthy training involved in specifically studying the head and neck:

An otolaryngologist can receive up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training in plastic surgery, concentrating on procedures that reconstruct the elements of the face.

Post-graduate training includes a year of general surgery, four years of residency in otolaryngology (disorders of the ears, nose, and throat), and may also include one to two years in a fellowship dedicated to facial plastic surgery.

After passing a rigorous set of exams given by the American Board of Otolaryngology, otolaryngologists may become board-certified in the specialty of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Because they study the complex anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the entire head and neck, these specialists (sometimes called ENTs) are uniquely qualified to perform the procedures that affect the whole face.


Plastic Surgeons

After medical school, plastic surgeons complete 5-6 years of residency training, during which they split their years between general surgery and plastic surgery. Typically, the first three years of surgery training is in general surgery and the final 2-3 years are in plastic surgery, not specifically related to the head and neck area.

Surgical Methods

No Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet would be complete without discussing a few surgical methods.

Facial plastic surgeons use a range of techniques to provide the most effective results.  Some of the most common methods used include:


Plastic surgeons use a small viewing instrument, called an endoscope, inserted beneath the skin.  The endoscope is only used for viewing.  Surgeons use a scalpel, scissors, or forceps to complete the actual surgery.  Endoscopic surgery requires smaller incisions than traditional surgery does, which can translate to less recovery time.  Brow lifts are the most common type of facial plastic surgery performed with an endoscope.


The removal of a section of skin or fatty tissue beneath the skin.


A cannula is a hollow tube attached to a vacuuming device used in liposuction procedures.

You may decide to combine facial liposuction with a face lift or brow lift for more defined contouring.

Your surgeon likely uses certain methods more frequently than others, depending on his or her training, tools, and preferences.  Consult with your surgeon about the most effective methods for achieving your desired facial changes.

Use Your Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

Hopefully, your facial plastic surgery terms cheat sheet will help you understand some of the basic terminology, initiate some questions, and introduce options available to you in selecting a surgeon, discussing procedures best suited for you, and being an informed self advocate.

A partnership with a facial plastic surgeon can help you look younger and feel more confident.  Here’s to informed and awesome!


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