What Are The Risks Of A Facelift?

Facelift in Seattle and Tacoma

A facelift is a plastic surgery that addresses multiple signs of aging in the face such as wrinkled skin, sagging skin, and fat depletion or accumulation. A facelift–like with any surgical procedure–comes with some risks. 

The general surgery risks of anesthesia risks, infection, pain, bleeding, scarring, prolonged or excess swelling, and cardiac risks are present during a facelift procedure. These risks come with almost any surgical procedure and are rare when a facelift is performed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon and on a healthy individual.

Facelift risks associated specifically with facelifts and other facial surgeries include: facial nerve injury, prolonged numbness, hair loss at incision sites, skin discoloration or irregularities, skin loss, and unsatisfactory results.

When your facelift is performed by a board certified cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Santos, it reduces the risk of your facelift procedure. Dr. Santos decreases the anesthesia risks of his facelift procedures by implementing the use of local anesthesia, which cuts the risk of unwanted side effects and risks from general anesthesia. 

Knowing and understanding the risks of your facelift surgery is an important part of the process of committing to your facelift procedure. Dr. Santos at Seattle Plastic Surgery strives to perform the safest facelifts possible and will work to make sure your procedure comes with the least possible risk.

Introducing Dr. David Santos: Revolutionary Facelifts in Seattle

An Image of Dr David Santos Face Lift Specialist and Plastic Surgeon At Seattle Plastic Surgery

Seattle Plastic Surgery is proud to bring leading facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Santos to our team. Dr. Santos has dual board certifications from the American Board of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a phenomenal addition to our practice.

Dr. Santos has performed thousands of facial cosmetic surgery procedures over the past two decades. His extensive resume includes a medical doctorate from Tulane University and two residences in the Bay Area. He continues to learn and teach current advancements in facial plastic surgery to better serve his patients, refine his techniques, and educate and present to others.

Dr. Santos revolutionized the use of local anesthetic with oral sedation. This allows him to lower the risks of general anesthesia, while ensuring patients return to their daily lives as quickly as possible.

Along with his extensive experience in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Santos is a leader in his field. He was one of the first plastic surgeons to use laser lipolysis in facelift surgery, served as the Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology at Valley Hospital, as director of a national surgical practice of over 15 facilities, and President of the UC Berkeley Biological Society. These are only a few of the leadership positions Dr. Santos has held during his career.

Survey Shows Women Feel Increased Pressure to Look Younger

New information from Allure magazine shows some striking differences between the sexes when it comes to aging. The survey clearly showed that women are more greatly pressured by aging, and men are believed to age more gracefully. According to the study, which was discussed recently in the New York Daily News, 90% of US men and women feel that women are under a greater pressure to appear young. The survey also showed that women cross the “old” threshold about five years sooner than men, who get away with looking “distinguished” rather than elderly. Men were even found to peak in physical attractiveness at an older age than women, around 34 for men in comparison to 30 for women.

Many of Those Polled Would Consider Cosmetic Surgery

In the words of Kristin Perrotta, executive editor of Allure, “People overwhelmingly said they were concerned about the effects of aging. They were concerned about how it would affect their attractiveness to the opposite sex and particularly with women, how aging would affect their career.” In fact, nearly twice as many women in their fifties reported that they felt they had to look young in order to succeed at their career. While only 5% of the 2,000 people who participated in the survey had previously undergone cosmetic procedures, 42% of women and 18% of men reported that they would think about it as a future option. The most common anti-aging procedures are non-surgical injections, like Botox or dermal fillers. Surgical procedures, such as brow lifts, face lifts, and breast lifts are particularly impactful for giving an impression of youthfulness. And this is an important factor, since according to Perrotta, “this survey definitely shows that aging, when we are talking about appearance, is a real emotional touch point for both men and women, no matter whether they are 20, 40, 60.” Photo by UggBoy/UggGirl on Flickr.

Study Finds Patients Still Look Younger 5 Years After Facelift

The appearance of aging is often very difficult to measure, which is why I love reading studies like the one that was published in the most recent issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Based on a long-term follow-up, three-quarters of facelift patients still look younger than they did before their surgeries, even after five years. The study is the first of its kind to use rigorous, standardized assessments to evaluate these types of long-term results. The study used three different sets of assessments on standardized photographs of 50 patients who had undergone facelift surgery five years previously. One set of objective measurements involved carefully gauging factors like jowl height and the angle of the chin to the neck. Another set of subjective assessments involve examining key areas, like nasolabial folds. Finally, the third set of assessments involved an overall score of the patient’s appearance. By having these three sets of assessments, the researchers were able to accurately measure aesthetic improvement across a variety of dimensions. They found that all three sets showed significant improvement, although there was some loss of improvement in the years since the surgeries, which one would expect. Here are a few of the conclusions from the three sets of assessments:

  • improvement in jowl height decreased by about 20 percent after 5 years
  • facial lines showed little deterioration in the years since surgery
  • 76% of patients still look younger 5 years after their facelift, compared with how they looked before their facelift surgeries

The researchers hope that this evidence will help to guide plastic surgery patient expectations. One of the most common questions that plastic surgeons get is: how long will my facelift last? Based on these results, there seems to be no significant objective or subjective sign of continued aging or ‘relapse’ in any area except for the neck, the researchers conclude.

Joan Rivers Opens Up About Facelifts and Other Plastic Surgery

The celebrity queen of plastic surgery Joan Rivers, recently sat down with Barbara Walters for a 20/20 segment investigating plastic surgery. Rivers’ who has become just as famous for her plastic surgery as she has for her career as a stand-up comedian held nothing back in her candid interview with Walters.

So what procedures has she really had? Rivers had no problem opening up on this topic she’s had two facelifts, breast reduction and a tummy tuck. She also admitted to getting dermal fillers every six months as a maintenance routine. When asked why she’s been so open over the years about her plastic surgery procedures, she had this to say:

We’re in a society where looks count¦ And all the beautiful women lie and say I’ve done nothing and that is so unfair. And I just want women to know it’s okay, do it.

Rivers also had some advice for those in search of a plastic surgeon:

  • Ask your hair dresser for advice because he or she can see the scars from plastic surgery
  • Look your plastic surgeon up on the internet and make sure there are no outstanding law suits
  • Interview your plastic surgeon and make sure he or she is compassionate
  • Arrange a meeting with the anesthesiologist

In the opening episode of her reality show Joan and Melissa, Joan Knows Best, Joan bares all and shows the audience a step-by-step look at what plastic surgery entails from start to finish. I wanted to people to see what it really was about.

When asked if she feels that means justify the end result, she answered yes, with no hesitation. â??I think it gives you such self-esteem. It makes you feel good. It’s a very happy experience.

Learn more about plastic surgery in Seattle.

Study Finds Fountain of Youth in Facelift Surgery

Facelift SurgeryResearchers discover the fountain in youth in cosmetic enhancement. According to a new study recently published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, facelift surgery can make patients appear up to 7 years younger than their actual age.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada and NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois, enlisted the help of first-year medical student volunteers to independently rate the ages of facelift recipients. Volunteers were shown the photos of 60 patients before and after surgery.

The end results showed that volunteers estimated these patients to be 7.2 years younger, on average, than their actual age post-surgery. Researchers also pointed out that the patients who received the most plastic surgery procedures, including face, neck and forehead lifts, also received the lowest age estimates of the patients evaluated by volunteers.

While it may be no surprise that facelift surgery results in a significantly more youthful appearance, researchers believe that this surgery will help to guide both plastic surgeons and potential patients when formulating realistic expectations of facelift surgery outcomes.

“The goal of aesthetic facial surgery is to improve oneâ??s appearance and to â??turn back the clock, according to study authors. Our data demonstrate a significant and consistent reduction in perceived age after aesthetic facial surgery.”

If you’re considering facelift surgery, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. The best candidate for facelift surgery is an individual who has noticeably sagging skin of the face and neck regions, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is well-defined.

Learn more about facelift surgery in Seattle.

Source: Business Week

The Best Season for Plastic Surgery May Differ for Some

best season for plastic surgeryPatients often ask plastic surgeons, “When is the best season for plastic surgery?” While this can vary based on individual needs, some guidelines may help prospective patients.

In a recent article on the Huffington Post, NYC plastic surgeon and author Dr. Robert Tornambe discusses some of the ways that you can plan your procedure around the seasons.

Winter is a great time for undergoing cosmetic surgeries. You can wear bulkier clothing to conceal scars and swelling, more easily avoid direct sunlight, and combine your recovery period with winter vacations. It’s the season for just about everything: facelifts, liposuction, and breast surgeries.

Spring is the lead-up to bikini season and has some of the same advantages of winter. Body contouring and facial surgeries are excellent options during this time of year. If you’re considering breast augmentation or liposuction, be sure that your body has lots of time to recover before you hit the beaches!

Summer is usually the best time for minor procedures, such as Botox and facial fillers. Heat and sun are usually bad for post-operative swelling and can often produce discomfort. Immature or new scars should never be exposed to direct sunlight, since they will stay tanned and be more noticeable. However, some people may still wish to pursue surgeries during this time of year, especially if they have summer vacations. They should be prepared to stay indoors for 1-2 weeks.

Autumn is the time to consider your appearance for the holidays. Surgeries targeting the face, nose, breasts, and body can improve your look in time for winter festivities and New Year’s parties.

To learn more about your options for the best season for plastic surgery in Seattle, or to find out about our specials, like deals on Botox, please email Dr. Jonov.

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