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Face Lifts: Top Questions Answered

Your Questions about Face Lifts Answered

As a facial plastic surgeon, I talk with patients that are considering a face lift all the time.  Many of them have similar concerns and questions, so here are answers to the 7 most common questions patients ask about face lifts.

Is Now the Best Time for Me?

When is a “good” or “best” time to get a face lift?

The answer:  it varies!  Visible signs of aging will be different for each person because our skin, health, lifestyles, and genes are different.  Typically though patients begin to consider a face lift when they are 40 to 70 years of age.  Forty is definitely on the young side, and often times other facial procedures can be done to create a more youthful appearance before a face lift is necessary.

Here are a few indicators that suggest a face lift might be a good option for you.

  • Skin Elasticity – A good candidate has skin that retains some of its natural flexibility and suppleness.
  • Strong Bone Structure – a well defined underlying bone structure provides support and contributes to optimal results.
  • Realistic Expectations – this is where your consultation with your surgeon is very important to discuss your particular circumstances and considerations.  Expect your surgeon to explain what the face lift procedure can accomplish, but also the limitations of face lifts.
  • Good Overall Health –  a good candidate is generally healthy.  It is important to tell your surgeon of any medical conditions, if you are a smoker, and your prescriptions. Face lifts are an invasive procedure and require significant healing and recovery.
  • Loose Skin on the Face or Neck – Face lift candidates generally desire to remove or tighten excess, sagging skin from the face and neck area.

How Do People Choose a Plastic Surgeon for Face Lifts?

After deciding that you are interested in a face lift, choosing your surgeon will be your next most important task.   Read our complete blog on Choosing  A Facial Plastic Surgeon for a detailed list of considerations.  Here are a few key factors:

  • Choose a Plastic Surgeon that is a Facial Specialist.  This is your face.  Trust it to someone that has extensive training and experience in the structure and intricacies of the face.
  • Investigate your surgeon’s experience, number of procedures completed, and results.
  • Select a surgeon that utilizes a credentialed surgical facility.
  • Read our blog on making the most of your Consultation to evaluate and select the best facial plastic surgeon for your face lift.

What Are Important Health Considerations to Discuss Before My Facial Plastic Surgery?

Honesty is Not Only the Best Policy – It’s Critical

During your facial plastic surgery consultation be forthright and honest about your medical history, past surgeries, current drug or narcotic use, if you smoke, recent or planned weight loss, vitamins you’re taking, and any other medical concerns.  These all affect your healthcare, the surgical plan, even potential outcomes of your facial plastic surgery. This is not the time to keep secrets.

Of course, your surgeon and the medical staff will make every effort to minimize discomfort and facilitate your recovery. But be realistic and know that every surgery has discomfort, risks, and recovery time.

What Face Lift Procedure Is Best for Me?

There are different types of face lifts. Your circumstances, aging, and desired outcomes plays a big role in determining which is the best face lift for you. Your facial plastic surgeon is an expert in this area.  Go to your consultation with an open mind. Have a candid discussion regarding realistic outcomes and options best suited to your unique circumstances.  What worked best for your friend or the movie star in the magazine, may not be best for you.  For greater details on specific procedures visit our website.

Preparing for Face Lifts

Use our detailed list of how to prepare for your plastic surgery.  It discusses everything from your mental preparation, weight loss ahead of the surgery, vitamins, smoking, and getting the house ready as well as what to have on hand after your face lift.

How Soon Can I Be Back to Normal?

1 – 2 Weeks After Your Procedure

In the second week any residual swelling and bruising will start fading away. At the one week mark, most patients are quite presentable and can
manage any persistent bruising, swelling, and incision redness with make-up and hair styling.

You need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for two weeks.  After two weeks, you can return to a normal routine.  Avoid rapid head motion from side to side for 4-6 weeks to allow the neck tissues to firmly heal.

Of course, it is important for you to closely follow your surgeon’s instructions given for your specific circumstances.

How Long Do Face Lifts Last?

Each patient is different.  We each have different skin color, tones, and lifestyles.  Each of these are factors in how long you can expect your face lift results to last. Longevity of results range from 2- 15 years. In most cases a more general length of maintaining improved results would be 5-10 years.   A long term follow up study published in 2014 found that after an average of 12.6 years that almost 69% of face lift patients rated their current degree of improvement as very good or beyond expectations.  An equal number of patients felt that 10 or more years had been added to their youthful appearance.

The most important recommendations are that you have a realistic expectation of potential results for you; you are selective in choosing an experienced facial specialist for your face lift procedure, and that you closely follow your doctor’s instructions regarding surgery preparation and healing.

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Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation:  Making the Most of Yours

Are you considering facial plastic surgery? Facial plastic surgery is more common now than ever. In 2017 there were 1,790,832 plastic surgery procedures undertaken in the United States.  Thirty-one per cent of those were facial plastic surgery procedures.  You probably talked with trusted family and friends, did some research online, and are ready schedule Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation appointments with the surgeons you are considering.

The Consultation Appointment is a powerful tool in selecting your surgeon.  A Consultation helps set clear expectations.   Patients that take the time to make the most of their consultation and educate themselves, and prepare for all aspects of the procedure, have higher post-operative satisfaction levels.

 Dr. Robert Woods, of Woods Facial Plastic Surgery, has  20+ years of experience.  As a specialist providing facial plastic surgery and other head and neck surgical care, he offers expert advice on making the most of your facial plastic surgery consultation.

Determine Your Personal ‘Why’ Before Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

Ask yourself:  Why am I choosing to have this plastic surgery procedure now?

There is no right or wrong answer to the ‘Why’ question. It is important that you are honest with yourself.  This answer more than likely predicts how satisfied you will feel with your results later on.  If you are choosing plastic surgery as a quick fix response to a major life event, such as a divorce, or a break up, or maybe even to please someone else in your life, you might be setting yourself up for frustration later.

The best reason for electing to undergo a facial plastic surgery procedure is to feel good about your appearance and increase your self-confidence.  Having grounded reasons for your surgery increases your post-surgery happiness with the results.  Facial plastic surgery is a very personal decision. Be sure you are doing it for the best reasons.

Mirror Time Before Your Consultation

Here is your homework: before your facial plastic surgery consultation look in the mirror and evaluate your facial features. This is called Mirror Time or the ‘Mirror Test’.

Look at your face with a fresh perspective.  Consider your face from a structural viewpoint.

  • List your favorite features
  • Which features are your least favorite?
  • What would you like to change?
  • Describe the results you expect from your facial plastic surgery.

As you think about your idea of a ‘best result’, ask:  will that change complement my face?  Is this change realistically achievable?

During this exercise, focus on the possible feature changes you would like that are best suited to your unique facial composition and bone structure.  That ‘perfect nose’, for example, on your favorite movie start may look great on her or him, but it would look out of place on you.

Write down your thoughts and bring them to your facial plastic surgery consultation. These notes provide the surgeon with a good idea of your likes and dislikes.  Discuss with your surgeon whether these outcomes are realistic and possible. Your surgeon should provide an expert and honest opinion as to how they will suit your features. The surgeon should make the best, most realistic recommendations to create the result you desire, not tell you only what you want to hear.

Honesty is the Best Policy

During your facial plastic surgery consultation be forthright and honest about your medical history, past surgeries, current drug or narcotic use, if you smoke, recent or planned weight loss, vitamins you’re taking, and any other medical concerns.  These all affect your healthcare, the surgical plan, even potential outcomes of your facial plastic surgery. This is not the time to keep secrets.

Questions for Your Surgeon During Your Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation

Making a detailed list of questions prior to the consultation helps ease any anxieties you might have. Also, a written list ensures that you won’t forget key questions, and it keeps you on track to thoroughly discuss each point with each prospective surgeon.

9 Questions You Should Ask the Surgeon:

  1. How long have you been doing this?
  2. What surgical approach do you think would work best for me given my circumstances and desired outcomes?
  3. How many of these procedures have you performed?
  4. Do you have before and after pictures of your work?
  5. Describe possible bad results from this procedure?
  6. Suggest what I should do before surgery to help optimize my aesthetic results after the procedure?
  7. What can I expect during the procedure?
  8. Tell me about the recovery period.
  9. Are there lifestyle changes I should make for after my surgery?

Listen & Have an Open Mind

Selecting a facial specialist for your facial plastic surgeon means you are working with a surgeon that has received many additional years of specialized training in head and neck surgery, and that they have received extensive training and experience dedicated solely to facial plastic surgery.

Facial Plastic Surgeons are the experts. During your facial plastic surgery consultation, listen and keep an open mind to suggestions given by the doctor. Your surgeon might have a surgical strategy different from what you expected.  The key to a good patient-doctor relationship and to patient satisfaction with surgical outcomes results from the patient having a clear understanding of the procedure, risks, the recovery process, and realistic expectations.

As mentioned earlier, it’s important to disclose your medical history with your surgeon. This includes, all previous surgeries or injuries (especially any previous facial surgeries and injuries), all current and past medications, and any other lifestyle practices that might influence your health. Disclosing this information with your doctor is important to achieve a safe and successful procedure.  

Some Things to Remember

Be Realistic About Your Surgery

Keep in mind, facial plastic procedures are surgeries. Bluntly stated, facial plastic surgery is a “No pain. No gain.” undertaking. Of course, your surgeon and the medical staff will make every effort to minimize discomfort and facilitate your recovery. But be realistic and know that every surgery has discomfort, risks, and recovery time.

Optimizing Your Unique Beauty

Everyone is unique and that is what creates beauty. There is no one exactly like you. Each patient is unique, thus each surgical circumstance and the outcome is unique to that individual.  Avoid the pitfall and expectation that your surgery will have the same results as your friend’s similar surgery. Additionally, remember that what you see in the magazines and on T.V. is not reality. Reality is real people presenting their best selves on a day to day basis without the benefits of hair and make up crews and photoshop.

Choose Your Surgeon Based on Experience and Results

The purpose of a Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation is to help you choose the most qualified and experienced surgeon that is best suited for you and your procedure. Don’t fall victim to the flash of excellent medical marketing.  And, know that the most expensive surgeon doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the best quality results.

Use these tips to select an experienced facial expert, one who is candid about realistic best outcomes for you. Prepare and keep an open mind.

With this approach, you and your facial plastic surgeon can successfully achieve the best results possible.  It all starts with your facial plastic surgery consultation.

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American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

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Beauty Benefits of Zen & Meditation

Beauty Benefits of Mindfulness

The good news is that there is a beauty practice that is easy, free and excellent for your overall health.  Some say that meditation is the fountain of youth.  An attitude of gratitude changes your brain.  And, Zen can benefit your skin and beauty.  What exactly is Zen? Zen is a the Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism that emphasizes the value of meditation.  The bottom line, training your brain to focus on gratitude, positive thoughts, and deep relaxation improves your health and overall beauty, the kind of beauty that comes from the inside and glows.  It also improves your physical beauty from a cellular level.  Read more to learn how meditation, mindfulness and gratitude changes your health and beauty.

Meditation, Beauty & Your Skin

To meditate you sit still, breathe deeply and allow your mind to relax.  Studies show meditation reduces stress.  We are also learning that meditation improves your appearance.  Stress is the root of many mental and physical health issues, but it also affects your appearance.

Refreshes Your Appearance

During meditation you breathe deeply, relax your muscles and allow your mind to be clear, present and calm.  As you breathe deeply, the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin increases.  This purposeful, or mindful, breathing improves your cellular health and gives your skin a fresh and more youthful glow.

The relaxation and positive energy that comes with meditation softens the features on your face, smoothing out wrinkles and tension.  When you complete your regular meditation sessions you feel refreshed and your appearance reflects that.

Slows Aging

The mind is a powerful tool, and you can use your mind to improve your beauty  and slow aging from the inside out.

Daily meditation slows the aging process in your body.

Have you ever heard of a telomere? Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of chromosomes that function as markers for cellular aging.

Meditation can lengthen telomeres.  Studies in 2009 and 2016 have shown that Zen meditation experts had longer telomeres than people that did not meditate, and Zen practitioners had fewer shorter telomeres.

“Telomeres listen to you, they listen to your behaviors, they listen to your state of mind,” said  Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel prize winner and president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif.

Mindful meditation also lowers blood pressure and reduces tension related aches and pains.  So, the daily practice of relaxing, breathing and clearing your mind slows the aging process from the inside out and that benefits your health, skin and beauty.

Stress & Your Skin

Stress causes skin condition flare ups such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and acne.  The negative affects of stress alters your skin’s ability to retain moisture and repair itself.  Practicing daily meditation reduces stress and negative thought patterns and improves your skin’s ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your largest organ.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and a lifestyle of lack of sleep, stress, poor diet, and bad habits shows up in the condition and appearance of your skin.  Get tips from renown Scottsdale facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert H. Woods on healthy foods to improve your beauty.

An Attitude of Gratitude & Your Beauty

Developing an attitude of gratitude physically changes your brain and improves your mental and physical health.  In today’s society it is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on what you don’t have, that which is lacking in your life.  Social media also fosters negative comparisons, especially about one’s appearance.

Daily Gratitude

Studies show that a regular, daily practice of expressing gratitude, either in writing or speech, unshackles toxic emotions and improves your mental health.  This daily gratitude practice doesn’t have to be shared publicly, but openly expressing gratitude to others, really ramps up the positive impact for you and adds the extra benefit of spreading a little joy to others.  Feeling good inside and a smile are truly things of beauty.

Ways to Practice Gratitude & Build Your Beauty

Please &  Thank You

Take the time to express your thanks to those around you.  This makes you happier and nurtures your relationships.  A simple verbal thank you is powerful.  A written thank you note is even better.

Count Your Blessings

Take the time each day to mentally, or better yet speaking aloud when alone in the car or on a walk, list all your blessings and the positive things in your life. You can even express gratitude for the positive things that haven’t even happened yet, but that you are desiring.  Challenge yourself for one month to change from speaking about  lack and negativity to only expressing gratitude and positive words and see what happens. You might surprise yourself.

Meditate

As part of your mindful meditation, focus on positive feelings, thoughts and energy.  If the negative slips in, stop your thought, and replace it with a positive thought of gratitude.

What does all of this have to do with beauty you might ask? Beauty starts inside.  Beauty is born from your physical well being and your mental and emotional health.  Start your beauty practice today. Ommmmm…..

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Eyes – Tips for Keeping Yours Bright & Beautiful

 “Eyes Are the Windows to Our Soul” It’s True!

We have all heard this saying, right? It might be an old saying, but it’s true.  Your eyes are the major focal point of your face.  Keeping your eyes bright, alert, beautiful, and welcoming enhances your beauty and boosts your self confidence.  Aging, genetics, stress, and bad habits cause the area around your eyes to lose elasticity, become puffy and creates bags and dark circles.  Medical remedies  for these  issues include  aesthetic treatments and the facial plastic surgery procedure blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). Read more about Blepharoplasty surgery options.   Each of these options alleviates these issues that make our eyes look older and tired.  In addition to those solutions, here are a few easy, daily tips to keep your eyes brighter and more beautiful.

Healthy Diet for Your Eyes

Do you wake up in the morning and your eyes are puffy?  Try some of these remedies to reduce that puffiness.

  • Drink more water.  Water does wonders for our body’s health, the appearance of our skin, and reducing water retention.   Water retention makes your eyes appear puffy. Women should drink 1.5 liters of water daily – and that does not account for replenishing water lost due to sports or sweating – in that case increase your intake.
  • Avoid food high in fat, sugar, and sodium. These foods may bloat your face and make the skin around your eyes swell and appear puffy.
  • Eat more lean protein and avoid excess carbs. While you are avoiding excess carbs, also think about reducing all processed foods, which are heavy in the “bad list” items (fat, sugar, and sodium).
  • Iron Rich Diet. Iron deficiency  contributes to under eye bags and dark circles.  Include plenty of spinach, kidney beans, and dark chocolate in your diet.
  • Eat your Brussels Sprouts.  And, eat your brussel sprouts with olive oil to keep your eyes healthy.  This combination helps your body absorb the important nutrient Lutein found in Brussels Sprouts which is key in preventing cataracts and the eye disease macular degeneration.

Natural Eye Compresses

  • Sweet Potato Eye Pad.  A sweet potato slice first thing in the morning beats a cucumber eye compress to reduce puffiness and dark circles.  Cut a one inch slice and rest for 10 minutes with sweet potato pads on your eyes in the morning, if you wake up with puffy, dark circles.
  • Green Tea Bag Compresses.  Green tea bags also work well as eye compresses.  The combination of a cool compress with the tannins in the tea constricts  blood vessels and reduces swelling. Caffeine in the tea also reduces swelling.

Eye Care

  • Get your rest. Sufficient nightly sleep and rest minimizes the “raccoon eyes” look. Get your beauty rest to keep your eyes naturally bright and alert.
  • Eye creams.  Today there are an abundant amount of eye cream choices that help reduce puffiness and dark circles.  Find one that works for you.  Gentle nightly application of creams formulated for the thinner skin of the eye area moisturize the skin and soften the appearance of wrinkles. Good choices are eye gels or Calendula eye balm.
  • Remove Makeup Nightly.  Be sure to remove your makeup each night.  Use eye make up remover and cleanse gently around your sensitive eye area.
  • Vitamin E creams.  Vitamin E has healing properties that benefit your sensitive eye area.
  • Daily SPF Sunscreen.  Always wear sunscreen on your face each day.
  • Hats & Sunglasses.  Protect your skin and your eyes from squinting that creates wrinkles and the sun spots caused by the sun. Learn more about selecting the best sunglasses to protect your eyes and help prevent wrinkles.

Makeup Tips for Younger Looking Eyes

  • Eyeliner Tips: Use darker eyeliner above the lash line on your upper lids.  And, use a lighter color below the lash line on your lower lids.  Too much dark mascara and eyeliner makes your eyes look heavy and accentuates wrinkles and age related issues.
  • Update Your Make Up Techniques.  Makeup has trending styles, just like clothing.  Using outdated makeup application techniques or colors ages you.  There are plenty of videos and guides available to help you select updated makeup looks best suited for you.
  • Update Your Hair Style. Another giveaway that ages us is outdated hair styles.  Select a more current hairstyle that complements your features.
  • Lightening Dark Circles with Concealer.  Use a creamy concealer with yellow undertones to lighten dark circles.  The yellow tone helps neutralize the purple hues of dark circles.

Aesthetic Fillers

If you are plagued by deep under eye troughs and dark circles that don’t respond to good care and some makeup, consider under-eye dermal fillers. Carefully choose your treatment provider. Our Aesthetics partners at ZonaMedSpa are licensed medical aestheticians.  There are many dermal filler options and your aesthetician or doctor will determine the best match for your situation and skin.

 

Eyelid Surgery

Some situations call for a surgical solution.  Blepharoplasty  (eyelid) surgery takes years off your looks.  With sagging, puffy, or droopy eyelids repaired, the eye area appears rejuvenated and refreshed, so if you are ‘Tired of Looking Tired’, consider this surgery.  The eyelid lift procedure is unique to each patient, and your surgeon should address your specific concerns, needs, and expectations.  We strongly recommend utilizing a facial plastic surgery specialist. Learn More about Blepharoplasty surgery and recovery.

Keep your eyes refreshed, healthy and beautiful!  They communicate so much to the world.

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Choosing Your Aesthetician – A Doctor’s Tips

Choosing An Aesthetician & the Skin Care Industry

A booming industry exists around skin care and your face.  Most likely your face is the first thing people notice.  It is your first impression to the world, and it defines your unique beauty.  Of course, you want to look your best, and that starts with caring for your skin and the appearance of your face.  As a facial plastic surgeon,  specializing in caring for your face, I’ll  share a few tips on selecting an aesthetician and talk about the differences between a spa esthetician and a medical aesthetician.

 

What is the Difference Between Medical Aesthetician and a Spa Esthetician?

Aestheticians and estheticians perform similar services, but there is a difference in the two forms of the same word.  Here is the differentiation between the two spellings:  Estheticians and aestheticians are both licensed skin specialists. They are trained to analyze and cleanse skin through a variety of techniques. Estheticians can be found in spas and salons, while aestheticians typically work in medical settings.

Medical aestheticians are held to the exact same state licensing standards as spa estheticians. This means all estheticians, whether they work as medical aestheticians or spa estheticians, are required to hold the same state-issued license.

There then is a significant difference in what it takes to become a medical aesthetician.  This typically involves a standard set of steps that require specific, formal education and training, passing  state licensing exams, and obtaining advanced credentials through continuing education. (http://www.estheticianedu.org/medical-esthetician/).

Medical aesthetics  perform the same services as traditional spa esthetics.   They both focus on developing and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. The difference is that medical aesthetics is performed on patients in a clinical setting alongside medical professionals.  Medical aestheticians also perform non-invasive skincare procedures for medical purposes or cosmetic reasons.

Additional Aesthetician Certifications

Plastic Surgical Nurse Certification & Certified Aesthetic Nurse (CANS)

Additional, specialized medical aesthetic certifications are rigorous and require that the candidate is  licensed as a Registered Nurse, has extensive experience and has an affiliation with a specialized doctor.  Here are the specific requirements: (http://psncb.org/cans-eligibility.cgi)

  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, and
  2. Work in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT); and
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within one of the listed Core Specialties above in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application, and
  4. Have spent at least one thousand (1,000) practice hours within the core specialties during the preceding two (2) years, and
  5. Have their Supervising Core Physician endorse their application

There are only 250 nurses in the United States and Canada that have their CANS certification. Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa, in Scottsdale, Arizona where medical aesthetician, Michele Hunter, RN, is a CANS certified aesthetician.

Choosing Your Aesthetician

Selecting an aesthetician depends on many factors, but here are a few considerations for you.  If you are going to have more than a facial, select a professional with the highest level training and experience. Chemical applications, laser treatments, and injections, require skills, experience, and medical training.

Consultation

Visit your potential aesthetician before your first service.  Ask for a consultation and look for the following:

  • Cleanliness of their facility
  • Their personal appearance and personality
  • Research their qualifications, certifications, and educational background
  • Ask questions and discuss candidly your concerns and expectations
  • Ask about their philosophy on skin care, treatments, and products
  • Ask how long they have been at this facility

Check Out Your Aesthetician

  • Check the facility and the aesthetician’s certifications and liscensing
  • Review their website
  • Seek recommendations

Licensing for spa estheticians is done on a state by state basis, so no industry-wide standards exist.  Medical aesthetician’s have verifiable industry certifications.

Skin care treatments are tremendously popular in the United States.  Taking good care of your skin reduces and prevents wrinkles.  The skin care industry continues to grow rapidly, as our population ages, and we want to look our best.  “Between 2012 and 2022, the number of estheticians licensed in the United States is expected to grow by 40 percent to meet the growing demand for specialized skincare services. This is more than twice as fast as other professions within the beauty and wellness industry, including manicurists and pedicurists”.  (http://www.estheticianedu.org/)

This means you have plenty of skin care spas and med spas from which to choose.  Choose carefully!  And do your homework.

Dr. Robert H. Woods is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Woods has 20+ years of experience as a facial expert.  About Face |  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa.  Dr. Woods also heads the ENT department at Honor Health Shea Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Eyelid Surgery Tips for Prep and Recovery

Eyelid Surgery Prep Tips

Eyelid Surgery Pre Surgery & Recovery Tips

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, rejuvenates your eye area by removing wrinkles, puffiness, bags and sagging skin around both your upper and lower eyelids.  Our eyes communicate how we feel to the world.  Eyelid surgery restores a more youthful, open appearance to the eye area.  Eyelid surgery is performed on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, depending on your needs and desired outcomes.

Upper eyelid surgery often is  performed comfortably as an office procedure. Patients are given a local anesthetic and oral sedation. There is very little discomfort with the numbing process, when it is administered slowly.  Many patients choose this in office option and find the procedure comfortable and uncomplicated with a short recovery time.

Other surgeries require out patient surgical facilities and have a longer healing and recovery time.

Pre Surgery Prep for Eyelid Surgery

You have gone through the consultation process with your surgeon, and now you are wondering how best to prepare for your surgery.  Here are simple steps to follow before and after your surgery to increase healing and recovery.

Discuss Your Medications, Vitamins etc. with Your Surgeon

Be sure that you have discussed all prescription, over the counter medications, and any vitamins that you are taking with your doctor.  Your surgeon will advise you, if your medications effect  your surgery and recovery.

Healthy Diet

Before your surgery, (well actually always– but especially now)  is the time to focus on a healthy diet that is low in salt and filled with healthy, water and nutrient rich, fresh foods.  Great choices are strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, and celery for snacks.  Avoid sodium heavy sodas.  Instead, drink lots of fresh water.  Read Dr. Woods’ Blog on healthy foods for your skin.  High nutrient, whole foods help your body heal.

No Smoking

Stop smoking prior to your surgery.  Smoking restricts blood flow and inhibits your skin’s ability to heal.

Get Organized

While some eyelid procedures are relatively uncomplicated, they are a surgical procedure.  Make your healing and recovery a priority. You will relax better, if your house and affairs are in order prior to the surgery, then you can comfortably rest and focus on healing. Get those groceries, have the house clean, and maybe even stock up on some audio books – eyes closed entertainment is best.

Arrange  A Surgery Buddy

Arrange for a spouse or close friend to take you home from your procedure, help you get comfortably situated, and fill your prescriptions.

Surgery Day

On your surgery day, have your reliable surgery buddy scheduled to arrive in plenty of time to drive you to either the doctor’s office or surgical center.  Come with a freshly washed face., and do not wear any make up.  Do not take any blood thinners.  This includes aspirin, vitamin E or motrin.  Take a Valium or tranquilizer prescribed by your surgeon.

Arrive to your surgical center on time.

Post Eyelid Surgery Recovery Tips

Ice Compresses

You will apply ice compresses to your eyes for the first 24 hours.  Packages of frozen peas serve as  handy ice compresses, and they are more comfortable on your sensitive eye area than a bag of ice chips.

Keep Your Head Elevated

Have extra pillows on hand so that your head remains elevated while resting and sleeping.  Keep your head elevated during the day also.  Avoid bending over, and do not lift heavy objects.  Keeping your head elevated minimizes  fluid from collecting around your eyes.

Rest Your Eyes

Try to find restful entertainment that doesn’t involve eye movement. That means no TV, computer screens, and reading.  Enjoy your recovery time listening to audiobooks or podcasts, allowing your eyes to rest.

Physical Activity Limitations

No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 1 week.  After your one week visit with your surgeon, you can discuss any further limitations depending on how you are healing.

Vitamin E Oil Aids Eyelid Surgery Healing

Apply vitamin e oil to the incision 4x a day for one week.  You will meet with your surgeon again after a week, and then additional recommendations or limitations will be made.

Protect Your Eyes Outdoors

Wear your UV protection sunglasses outdoors or in bright lights. Protecting your eyes from bright sunlight ensures better lasting results.  Even after you are healed, always protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.

Time To Heal After Eyelid Surgery

The healing process depends on your individual circumstances and the type of eyelid procedure performed.  You can expect to see swelling and bruising, as your eye area is sensitive.  Be patient with your recovery and healing process.  Support your body by following your surgeon’s instructions.  Learn More about Dr. Woods’ Blepharoplasty techniques and evaluation considerations.

Dr. Robert H. Woods is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with 20+ years of experience as an ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon.  He is head of the ENT Department of Honor Health, Shea Hospital.  Read more about Dr. Woods.

American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

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Financing Plastic Surgery

Financing Options for Your Plastic Surgery

Financing Your Plastic Surgery

Believe it or not, cosmetic surgery has become more affordable, relatively speaking.  Plastic surgery is no longer a luxury available only to the very wealthy.  More and more people undergo plastic surgery than ever before, in fact, in 2016 Americans spent a record breaking $15.44 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.  This is a significant number, especially when you consider, cosmetic surgery procedures are very rarely covered by insurance. Insurance coverage exceptions include reconstructive surgery after an accident or when the procedure relates to a medical condition. While these costs have been decreasing, it is still a significant expense.  Patients often explore creative financing solutions for their plastic surgery procedures.

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mini face lift procedure

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.

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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 .

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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.

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