Normal healing, from histamine release, can cause itching but not usually the first week. Itching soon after surgery usually comes from – 1. Narcotic pain killers. This is a medicine effect, not an allergy. No rash or hives. 2. A systemic allergy to a medicine – or a topical allergy to tape or adhesive on… [read more]
Often results of a second face lift are better than the first. Also the surgery takes less time. You bruise less and and heal faster. Why? A face lift permanently lifts facial tissues including skin, muscle, fat and a layer called the SMAS (submusculo-aponeurotic system)which supports our face and neck. All these tissue are elastic…. [read more]
Drains are used after surgery – 1. To keep tissues in place by creating a vacuum and 2. To remove fluid that may collect. Drains are needed when a large area of skin is lifted up during surgery. This includes most face and neck lifts, major tummy tucks and most breast reductions and lifts. Why… [read more]
The pain after a calf implant is from muscle spasm of the lower leg gastrocnemius muscles. The implants sit directly over these muscles. If you have ever had a “Charley Horse”, this is what the implant pain feels like. To quote one patient the day after surgery, “This is the worst pain I have had… [read more]
The garment is important. It – 1. reduces swelling, 2. supports your healing and 3. (should) keep you more comfortable. After a tummy tuck or liposuction, you will hurt when you move around. You shouldn’t be in severe pain at rest. If you are, the garment is probably too tight because of surgical swelling. Swelling… [read more]
Yes – if you change what you eat and get more exercise. No – if you expect the liposuction to have lost the weight for you. Liposuction changes body shape. It removes fat and fat cells in areas that hold more fat than suits your proportions. After liposuction, if you lose weight to fit your… [read more]
I am only twenty-three. I have bulges under my eyes. Is this normal? Am I aging prematurely? Can it be fixed?
Yes, it is a variant of normal, runs in families and it looks unsightly. No need to panic – it has nothing to do with aging. It can be fixed. The problem is that your lower lid fat is larger than your orbital septum . The orbital septum holds fat in place around the eye…. [read more]
Can I have a breast augmentation and a breast lift together? Two surgeons have told me two different things.
Strangely, they are both right. Combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift, also called a mastopexy, combines a tightening procedure (the lift) with an expanding procedure (the augmentation). The two operations can work against each other, increasing complications and poor results. Poor implant position, implant exposure, infection and poor scars are more likely. The… [read more]
She is overweight. Is that ok for her to have? No. She isn’t really asking for cosmetic surgery. She is asking for love. She needs a simple, loving ‘no.’ In the strange, contradictory, confused world of the teenager, she wants to hear that she does not need to change her appearance to be loved and… [read more]
A face lift usually will not improve the corners of the mouth. (It may lift a droopy mouth in women with very thin faces.) If you are having a face lift, you can have a fat injection at the same time to support the corner of the mouth. Advantage – some fat injections are permanent…. [read more]