Q. When is the best time for facial plastic surgery?
A. There is no optimal age to consider the benefits of facial plastic surgery; patients of all ages undergo facial plastic surgery. However, one should have visible signs of aging that can be reasonably treated with facial plastic surgery.Q. Who is a good candidate for plastic surgery?
A. Good candidates for facial plastic surgery are:
- close to their ideal weight (within 30%)
- emotionally stable
- drink less than five ounces of alcohol a week and limit caffeine intake
- maintain a healthy lifestyle
People who have health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, lung disease, heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, emphysema, are malnourished, severely depressed, obese, and/or are smokers are generally not good candidates for facial plastic surgery. Discuss all health conditions with your plastic surgeon.Q. What should be expected in the initial consultation?
A. During the consultation, it's important to give the doctor a clear idea of the results you want. In return, expect the doctor to be honest with you about what surgery can and cannot do. Your consultation ensures that you're making the right decision and getting the procedure that's best for you.
Be as prepared as possible for this first meeting:
- know your physician's qualifications before you go
- write down any questions you may have for the surgeon
- expect this first visit to take time
During your consultation, the doctor will:
- review your medical history including medical conditions, surgeries, and allergies that may increase risks
- discuss the specific changes you want
- tell you if your expectations are unrealistic, and explain why
- take photographs of your face
- in some cases, use imaging software to simulate results
A. As with any surgery, there are potential risks to consider. Cosmetic surgery does not pose increased risks over other surgery. Risks may vary depending on the procedure you select and personal factors including age, health, and even skin coloration. Patients who are least likely to experience complications are in good health and strictly adhere to pre- and post-operative instructions.
While serious complications in cosmetic plastic surgery are extremely rare when performed by qualified surgeons, they do occur from time to time. The following is a list of potential complications. The good news is that the majority of these complications associated with plastic surgery result from general anesthesia, which Lifestyle Lift© doesn't use.
- abnormal heart rhythm
- airway obstruction
- blood clots
- blood loss
- brain damage
- drop in blood pressure
- heart attack
- loose sutures
- malignant hyperthermia
- nerve damage
- temporary paralysis