As we age, time and gravity combine to make facial soft tissues sag and droop, making skin creases appear deeper and more prominent. If lower cheeks or extra skin under your chin, or wrinkles are causing you to look older than you feel, a facelift can restore a youthful, well-rested look. Dr. Cole performs many types of facelift techniques with light IV sedation administered by a Board Certified anesthesiologist or general anesthesia is preferred. A face lift procedure generally takes two to three hours to complete. You are able to go home after surgery and will experience some bruising and swelling which usually resolves in 10-14 days. Common additional procedures for facial rejuvenation include fat transfer to areas of volume loss, upper and lower eyelid surgery, fillers, and Botox.
If the skin beneath your jaw has begun to sag or fat deposits are accumulating in the bands along the front of your neck, it can give the illusion of a double chin and may cause you to look older than you would like to appear. There are many reasons why such sagging occurs: the impact of age and gravity on the skin and muscles, heredity, or even weight loss can all contribute to creating bothersome and sometimes unattractive skin around your neck. A neck lift can help smooth out the skin, redefine appropriate and pleasing contours, and create a more refined & youthful neckline. The most common neck lift technique includes liposuction, the firming up of underlying muscles, and the removal of excess skin from the neck area. If you are concerned about unsightly scars, rest assured that Dr. Cole will hide the scars under the chin where they will be nearly imperceptible.
Upper eyelids may sag and appear “baggy” due to genetics and aging. This can be reversed with an upper or lower eyelid lift. This procedure leaves no visible scar since the incision can be hidden within the lid or within a prominent eyelid crease. In addition, this procedure is typically done as an outpatient using only local anesthesia. This surgery takes approximately one hour and bruising typically subsides within 1-2 weeks. The tiny incisions are then closed and over time, the scars heal until they are nearly imperceptible.
If you are interested in reshaping your nose, eliminating a nasal bump or restoring your previous appearance following an accident, rhinoplasty or “nose job” may be right for you. In many instances, rhinoplasty can be done without visible scarring because the incision is hidden inside the nose or across the skin that sits between the nostrils right underneath the nose. Once the incision has been made, Dr. Cole can sculpt and reshape the cartilage and bone into the type of nose previously decided upon by the patient. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and bruising often subsides in 10 to 14 days.
As we age, time and gravity stretch our soft tissues. This may make your eyebrows drop into a lower position, thus creating an angry appearance as well as “saggy” upper eyelids. An eyebrow lift will enhance the brow region by repositioning drooping eyebrows to minimize crow’s feet, decrease the wrinkles across the forehead, between the eyes, and on the upper part of the nose. The result is a smoother upper face and a more youthful brow position. A brow lift may be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as an eyelid lift, facelift, and dermal injectables. The incisions are well concealed within the hairline. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting so you will be able to go home the same day and relax with your new rejuvenated appearance. Depending on how you feel, you may even return to work in less than a week.
Transferring fat from areas of excess to areas of need is a safe and natural way to enhance your facial appearance. Your own fat can be carefully harvested from problem areas, and then transferred to regions around the mouth or cheeks in order to restore volume lost due to time and age. Areas that typically benefit from facial volume replacement include the cheeks, smile lines, marionette folds, and temples. Fat transfer is performed comfortably under light sedation without the need for general anesthesia. This procedure benefits all ages and can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or with a face and/or neck lift.
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