Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Surgery from a licensed  diplomat of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of  the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Mini-facelift | Mini-necklift | Upper Eyelid Treatment |Tumescent-Liposuction

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Facelift Prep

Over the years, your skin will age. Genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices all play an impact on the rate of which our skin ages. Many people are looking for solutions to fight this ongoing problem, and much more have found the answer they were looking for with Dr. Peter Malouf. His team of experts specialize in minimally invasive procedures to minimize your down time.

Smiling, laughing, frowning. We all do them. Over time, sun damage and aging can cause deep wrinkles throughout the face and neck, making a person look older than they are. Gravity causes the skin to sag downward which gives you a tired, sad, or angry appearance; even if you are perfectly content. While facial aging is not a life threatening problem, it can cause low self-esteem by making one feel self-conscious about their appearance. If any of this applies to you, then maybe a mini face lift with Safelift technology is for you.

The mini face lift is ideal for those with early facial aging that have little tolerance for the long down times that associated with a traditional face lift. The procedure itself can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, and can easily be done in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures like a neck lift or brow lift. Incisions are made around and behind the ear, and the skin is lifted and pulled to improve cheek, jawline, turkey neck and nasolabial folds. A mini lift also leaves a more natural, less surgical appearance when compared to a conventional face lift. After the surgery swelling and bruising may persist 1-2 weeks after surgery, and it is during this period that the stitching is removed. Many patients will be able to return to work within days of completing treatment, making it ideal for the busy professional.

68 percent of the population is estimated to be unsatisfied with their neck and chin fat situation, and many folks are looking for a procedure with little downtime to improve their appearance in these areas. With a Mini-Necklift there is very minimal downtime, lower risk of unsightly scarring, no general anesthesia, and it tends to be more cost-effective when compared to conventional facelifts. During a Mini-Necklift fat is liposuctioned out of the cheek, chin, and jowl areas of the face and the platysma muscle is tightened to help cope with the loss of skin elasticity. This differs from conventional procedures because no incisions are typically made by the ears. This subtle tightening and reshaping of the chin result in a more natural and less surgical appearance when compared to standard neck lifts.  Best candidates for a Mini-Necklift are those who have a “turkey-wattle” appearance on their neck.

Along with aging, another common complaint patients have is the inability to get rid of stubborn fat pockets. Dr. Peter Malouf performs tumescent liposuction, which is a more advanced liposuction technique that is more controlled and safer than traditional liposuction. There is no general anesthesia, which means less risk and less cost than other liposuction procedures.  The skin is filled with tumescent liposuction that stays in the system for 18-24 after the surgery, which in turn will greatly help the postoperative pain.

When the anesthetic is injected into the fat, it causes it to become swollen and firm. This anesthetic is injected with an additional agent that will also vastly reduce the usual bruising and bleeding associated with liposuction, making for a much more comfortable experience. After the local anesthesia is injected, incision are made to insert a small, pinhole like device that will suction out the fat. Up until this technique was developed a significant amount of blood loss was often associated with liposuction, often causing the patient to need blood transfusions post operation.  By using the tumescent method, doctors can safely remove fat from many areas of the body including thighs, stomach, buttocks, face, and neck. Recovery time for this procedure is 2-3 days for those with office jobs, so it is feasible that you could get liposuction on Friday afternoon and be able to be back at work on Monday! For those with a more physically demanding job, it may take up to a week to make a full enough recovery to return to work. Patients will notice an improved silhouette in as little as a week, but it may take up to a few months for all the swelling to subside.

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