Facial Related FAQ
Q. How long does eyelid surgery last?
10 years or more.
Q. How soon after eyelid surgery can contact lenses be worn?
7 days after surgery.
Q. Will the fine wrinkles around my eyes go away with eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery will not correct the wrinkles around the eyes, commonly called crow’s feet. There are several other ways to handle crow’s feet, – Botox®, chemical peel, or laser therapy.
Q. I am considering having the bags removed under my eyes. Will the procedure also take care of my dark circles?
Dark circles under the eyes may improve a bit if this is related to large bags, but most often the dark appearance of the lower eyelid skin remains. Chemical peels or other types of skin resurfacing may improve the dark circles in some cases.
Q. Is there a risk to my vision if I have eyelid surgery?
Vision more than likely will improve with eyelid surgery. However, postoperative hemorrhage could lead to serious vision problems. This is an extremely rare condition and is totally preventable with good postoperative care.
Q. Will my eyes still close completely after eyelid surgery?
Eyelids may not close tightly for a few weeks after surgery. This condition will subside as healing progresses and the swelling passes.
Q. What causes the skin above the eye to droop?
Gravity, sun, heredity and life stresses can cause the eyelid to sag and puff below the eye.
Q. How long will a facelift last?
Everyone is different, however, ten years later you will look better than if you never had the surgery. Many patients never have a second facelift.
Q. Can I color or perm my hair after a facelift?
Hair coloring and perming of the hair may be done 10 days prior to the facelift. The patient will need to wait 4 weeks after the facelift for additional coloring or perming.
Q. What is TISSEEL?
TISSEEL is a surgical tissue “glue” made out of natural materials that helps stop bleeding and seals tissues. TISSEEL is made out of two substances naturally found in the human body, fibrinogen and thrombin. TISSEEL is applied as a liquid to coat the area under the skin that the doctor is working on. It sets within seconds to form a natural fibrin clot or “patch” over the wound. In time, the fibrin clot is naturally absorbed and after that the patient’s own wound tissue heals underneath the fibrin clot. With the use of TISSEEL the healing process has been dramatically shortened and bruising minimized.
Q. How old must a child be to have ear surgery?
The surgery should be performed on a child that is of school age.
Q. Is there much pain associated with ear surgery?
The pain associated with ear surgery is easily treated and is not severe.
Q. Where are the incisions for a forehead lift?
There are 4 tiny incisions hidden in the hairline.
Q. Is any hair shaved during a forehead lift?
No. The incisions are placed in the hairline, but no hair is actually shaved.
Q. Is it true that anyone who has a brow lift experiences an upset stomach?
While this was true 20 years ago, today preventive medication is used to prevent this from occurring.
Q. If you are considering a browlift, what is done if you already have a “high” forehead?
The procedure is performed in such a way as to maintain proportion. A hairline or “pretrichial” incision is used which maintains the forehead height while raising the brows.
Q. Will the nose look natural after surgery?
A skilled surgeon will create a nose that is proportionate to the patient’s face for a natural look.
Q. Will the nose be packed with gauze?
No. A simple splint will be applied to the nose, which will be worn for approximately a week. No packing is required.
Q. Will nasal surgery correct my deviated septum?
A deviated septum is corrected by a procedure called a septoplasty, which improves breathing. This is a separate procedure, but can be done at the same time the cosmetic portion is performed.
Q. Will my eyes turn black and blue after nasal surgery?
Some patients experience minor bruising and swelling. Cold compresses applied to the area often reduce the swelling. Sleeping with the head elevated after surgery also decreases the swelling.
Q. Can the nose be blown after surgery?
Patients are advised to refrain from blowing their nose for about a week.
Skin Related FAQ
Q. Can a deep chemical peel be done on the skin more than once?
This depends on the patient’s skin type and the depth of peel needed. Most patients can undergo multiple peels several years apart.
Q. How much improvement of my acne scars can I expect from skin resurfacing?
Acne scars are very difficult to remove. Most patients can expect about 50% improvement in their acne scarring. The skin will always have scars; the goal is to make them less noticeable.
Q. How painful is a deep chemical peel?
During the first 12-24 hours after the peel, patients usually feel a moderate burning sensation, similar to a sunburn. This sensation is usually well-tolerated with the post-operative pain medications provided.
Q. What are the risks of chemical peels?
The risks of chemical peels have dramatically decreased with the use of the Hetter peel formulation. Some risks include prolonged redness or erythema, risk of hyperpigmentation (increased pigment in the skin), hypopigmentation (loss of pigment in the skin), and scarring.
Q. What is the recovery time for a deep chemical peel?
The recovery time varies based on the depth of peel your surgeon decides is best for you and your skin type. The recovery time usually ranges between 7-10 days. At this point, patients are ready for makeup and can resume social activities.
Q. When can patients with acne scars undergo laser resurfacing?
Patients who are still suffering from severe cystic acne are not candidates for laser resurfacing. Once a patient’s acne is under control, resurfacing can be performed. Individuals who have taken Accutane in the past 12-18 months or are prone to abnormal scarring may not be the appropriate candidate for this type of procedure.
Q. When does my skin fall off?
The epidermis is removed when the surgeon applies the chemical to the face. For laser surgery, the laser vaporizes the top layer of skin instantly.
Q. Who is a good candidate for laser resurfacing?
Patients with lighter skin types and depressed acne scars are excellent candidates for laser skin resurfacing.
Q. Will my face be one big sore after a chemical peel?
Immediately following a chemical peel, the face will swell and “crust”.
Ointments are applied to keep the skin supple and will be applied for 7 to 10 days following the procedure
Q. Will my resulting facial skin color after the peel be white?
The varies from patient to patient. Skin type and color,ethnic background and age are important factors and should be discussed prior to surgery.